It’s Picnic Season At Jimmie Simpson Park In Riverside/Leslieville!



Any urban centre faces challenges in providing access to ample green space for those who live there. Toronto does well in this respect by increasing its commitment to bringing nature to the City; we currently have 1,500 existing parks and 600 kilometres of trails, which translates to about 8,000 hectares — about 13 percent of Toronto’s overall land area! (In 2017, we were ranked one of the greenest cities in the world!)

I mean, just look at this drone photo we took from Riverdale in the fall of 2023:



Toronto – located on an escarpment to Lake Ontario – has an abundance of parks, fields, parkettes, and walking trails located in the heart of the original City. Many people are surprised at how extensive our green space is, as it’s not easily apparent in our automobile-centric lives. The City is also committed to bringing in more green. For example, for each development project downtown, a developer must either donate parkland — if the site is large enough — or pay into the Parkland Dedication Fund, which uses the money to create new parks and refurbish existing ones. Pretty neat, eh?



It’s really not the size or location that makes a Toronto park a standout, as they’re all oases of green in a cement world; they offer an opportunity for rest (shaded park benches instead of plastic bus shelters), relaxation (stretched out on a soft picnic blanket instead of leaning against the nearest brick wall), and of course, exercise!



Riverside/Leslieville residents enjoy proximity to a few great green spaces, but Jimmie Simpson is probably at the top of the list alongside Greenwood. It’s hidden right in the heart of the neighbourhood – between the two major arteries of Queen and Dundas – making it incredibly accessible. Even if you’re a neighbourhood tourist for the day, the Dundas Streetcar pulls up right in front of the park!

Its facilities are probably why Jimmie Simpson ranks highly among residents:

– Tennis Courts
– Ice rink in the winter, which doubles as a boarded in street hockey area in the summer.
– Community Centre
– Baseball diamond
– Soccer field



The park also plays host to festivals, concerts, fitness classes, and an assortment of community events like the Riverdale Art Walk  (Jun 1, 2024 – Jun 2, 2024).

It’s also extremely popular with the neighbourhood’s dog owners (though there isn’t a leash-free zone.)



Jimmie Simpson is well-loved for its offerings, but even more so as a gathering place and a community touchstone; it brings together friends and neighbours and contributes to a communal sense of pride!

Let’s not take our neighbourhood parks for granted! Any green space in the city holds the potential to elevate and improve well-being and the quality of life for all who share in it!



Fancy a pick-up game of basketball, a cute picnic with some pals, or a Sunday stroll? That would be easy peasy of you had this rejuvenating green space just two blocks from your front door! Consider this opportunity to secure a spot in a fab Leslieville with our newest listing!

So Sweet Ya Gotta Brush Yer Teeth – On Colgate Avenue In Leslieville – listed for $1,075,000, with offers welcomed anytime!

This sun-kissed ground floor unit – one of only two 2-bed units on this level – has a premium patio with south exposure. Seriously, whether you’re in the bloom of youth, baby-making, giving your boss the Freedom 55 finger – or just YOU being YOU – when you live here life will be more dynamic, people will be more engaging, and everything that matters will be within walking distance!



If you have questions or want to book a private viewing, contact James Ormston at



How many of these other 35 amazing Toronto parks located near properties we’ve promoted for sale or rent have you visited?

Getting Back To Nature On The Don River

Our Favourite Off-Leash Dog Parks In Toronto

Creativity & Ingenuity Intersect At Underpass Park In Corktown

Walking The Wonderful Williamson Park Ravine In The Upper Beach

Carefree At Cassels Park In The Upper Beach

Meet Me At Monarch Park

Rennie Park: A Vital Lockdown Playground!

We Adore Kew Gardens In The Beaches

East Lynn Park: The Heart Of A Community

We Love Dufferin Grove Park 

We Love Sorauren Park In Roncesvalles Village

Explore Expansive Sherwood Park In Midtown Toronto

Let’s Play At Riverdale Park East In Toronto

A Lotta Love For Toronto’s High Park

Splashing It Up At Berczy Park’s Dog Fountain

Toronto’s Terrific Trinity Bellwoods Park

Bucolic Bramber Woods Park

Carefree At Christie Pits Park

Bickford Park: An Oasis Of Green

Let’s Catch Up At Earlscourt Park!

A Gold Star For Toronto’s Green Line Linear Park

Wonderlust In Withrow Park

Stephenson Park Near Main And Danforth

Lots To Love At Lytton Park

A Pocket Full Of Sunshine: Phin Avenue Parkette

Symphony Of The Senses At Harbourfront’s Toronto Music Garden

We Adore Kew Gardens In The Beaches

Thanks For Coleman Park At Main And Danforth

Much Love For McCormick Park

We Love Dufferin Grove Park

Barking Good Time At Baird Park

Sally Bird Park

Strolling Massey Harris Park & Stanley Park On King West In Toronto

Ski The Slopes At Earl Bales Park Near Bathurst & Lawrence



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