One of the necessary amenities that allows us to get the very best out of urban living is access to a lawn, parks, gardens, trails… any green space! We all know that regularly escaping to the outdoors can often be essential to both mental and physical health, and so, it follows that quality of life is enhanced with convenient access to green space.
After another long Canadian winter, we’ve finally arrived here at the cusp of Spring – and it certainly feels like being set free!
We live in a country graced by wide-ranging and varied seasons and temperatures, and so we’ve developed habits to make the most of each season – while they last. In Spring, the warm weather calls us out of hibernation to lie down on the nearest swath of green, while in the colder months, Toronto’s many parks become Winter Wonderland playgrounds!
One of our favourite parks to visit is Riverdale Park East, located at 550 Broadview Ave just south of Danforth Avenue. It has a silver screen-worthy view! Actually. It’s used all the time as a picturesque urban backdrop!
This expansive park has all the elements of fantastic green space, including loads of activities, along with a natural landscape that provides an idyllic setting and an unbeatable vantage point for views of the city.
Riverdale Park East is part of the larger Riverdale Park. Riverdale Park dates back to 1880, stretching to both sides of the Don River. It’s huge, spanning some 104 acres. In the 1960s the construction of the DVP essentially sectioned off the park, creating the divisions that we have today. Riverdale Park East is now spread out over about 18 hectares.
Riverdale Park East is the more popular of the two sections of the park and is perhaps best known for the gently sloping hill that descends down from Broadview. In the winter months, this area is a very popular toboggan run. In the milder months, this slope is the perfect perch to pause and take in Toronto’s skyline, which is pretty breathtaking at sunset. Right now, it’s been roped off while the City attempts to re-seed; it certainly takes a battering from all those athletic enthusiasts and toboggans!
Although the park features loads of natural flora and fauna, the city and the Bring Back the Don taskforce have helped to enhance its setting over the years. The grassy slope became home to many mature maple ash trees; the degraded slope was rebuilt with a trough to run water down to a small marsh that was built in 2002.
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The end result is a wonderfully peaceful, pastoral setting, right smack dab in the middle of an urban setting.
If you prefer your park time to be a little more active, you won’t be disappointed with what you’ll find at Riverdale Park East. In the summer, there are a couple of ball diamonds, a running track, an outdoor gym, walking trails, multi-purpose fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, and picnic areas.
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There is of course – the Riverdale Park East outdoor pool, which is the perfect reprieve during a hot summer day!
What’s your outdoor pleasure? Riverdale Park East most likely can offer it to you!
Exercise, sports, picnicking, relaxing, time with friends, a brilliant view… what more could you want while still residing in the centre of Canada’s largest city?
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. How enriching would it be to have this green space within walking distance from your home?
For the lucky new owner of this refreshed semi-detached 4bed, 3.5 family home on Hampton Avenue in Riverdale it will be a reality!
We called it: Hip, Hip, Hooray for 140 Hampton Avenue In Riverdale – now SOLD!!
Check out another listing we sold just a couple of minutes’ walk from Withrow Park!
Substantially renovated from top to bottom in 2011, the comprehensive retrofit designed by Coz Design introduced a space plan that maximizes efficiency, a selection of materials that are of a high standard, and an aesthetic that is both contemporary and timeless. The result is a loft that is warm, welcoming and visually cohesive!
This place is special – and we’re so grateful to have SOLD it to an excited new owner! A Sun-Kissed Contemporary Loft In Riverdale’s Printers Row
Here another nearby loft that we SOLD – also by Bob Mitchell! Heavenly Sanctuary In A Converted Riverdale Church, is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the park too!
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