'Getting away from it all' is relatively easy in Toronto, given the City’s extensive park system of ravines and dedicated green space.
However, not all parks are created equal.
One of our favorites – in the central west end – is Dufferin Grove Park.
As far as Toronto parks go, Dufferin Grove Park is on the larger side, at 5.3 hectares. Nestled in the centre of the Dufferin Grove neighbourhood, it provides space for relaxation or recreation, but most importantly, it serves as a meeting place that brings the community together in a way that other green spaces don’t. It's amazing community-run website ‘Friends of Dufferin Grove’ (formed in 1993) posts park events, relevant city council news, meeting minutes, photos, a history of the park, and much more. For example, they advertise the performances of troupes like 'Clay and Paper Theatre’, who “create, develop and perform multi-disciplinary, community-driven theatrical works” regularly during the summer months.
Dufferin Grove Park boasts an unbeatable natural amenity in the form of a canopy of mature trees, providing a wealth of shade for reading, picnicking, or simply providing respite from a sweltering summer day. The park also features a host of man-made amenities, including two wading pools, a multi-purpose sports field, a basketball court, an ice rink, a clubhouse, and a great playground.
The most unique features of the park are the two wood ovens near the basketball court and ice rink. Abutting community vegetable gardens that provide a bounty at harvest time, these ovens are most commonly used to bake bread and pizza – by individual residents, at the farmer’s markets, and even through the winter months! Best of all, festivals and events seek out Dufferin Grove Park because of this particular amenity, bringing awareness and revenue to the area.
Whether you have an hour or an afternoon, spending time in your neighbourhood park – or exploring new parks – is a great way to get some fresh air, soak up some much-needed Vitamin D, and even engage with your community.
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