HISTORY OF MOORE PARK
Moore Park was subdivided in 1889 as an exclusive Toronto suburb for the very wealthy. Its namesake and creator was a gentleman by the name of John Thomas Moore.
Moore was instrumental in building the Belt Line Railway, Toronto’s firstcommuter train. He personally oversaw the construction of the Belt Line’sshowpiece station at Moore Park.
Moore leveraged all his money on the Belt Line, predicting it would bring manybuyers to his Moore Park subdivision. However, shortly after the Belt Line openedToronto suffered through a horrible Depression and the Belt Line went bankrupt. This setback postponed the building of homes in Moore Park until the early 1900’s. By the 1930’s, Moore Park was completely developed.
OVERVIEW OF MOORE PARK
Moore Park is surrounded on all sides by natural barriers. To the north is the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, to the south is the Park Drive Ravine and the railway tracks, to the east is the Moore Park Ravine and to the west is the Vale of Avoca Ravine. With so much nature at its doorstep, it is not surprising that Moore Park is one of Toronto’s most sought after neighbourhoods.
HOMES IN MOORE PARK
Moore Park includes primarily English Cottage, Georgian, and Tudor-style houses built between 1908 and 1930.
Moore Park lots are generally quite large, and many of the houses back on to one of the ravines that skirt this neighbourhood.
Moore Park also contains many newer townhouses as well as a fair number of duplex and multi-plex homes. For such a high end neighbourhood it is somewhat surprising that many of the houses have shared rather than private driveways. However, the streets are so quiet and uncluttered that parking is not a problem.
SCHOOLS IN THE MOORE PARK AREA
(P) Deer Park Jr. & Sr., 23 Ferndale Avenue, (416) 393-1550
(P) Whitney Jr., 119 Rosedale Heights Drive, (416) 393-9380
(CA) Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1½ Garfield Avenue, (416) 393-5239
(PH) North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 70 Roehampton Avenue, (416) 393-9180
(PH) Northern Secondary, 851 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 393-0270
(P) Public School (PH) Public High School (CA) Catholic School (PR) Private School (PC) Private Catholic School (PJ) Private Jewish School (C) College (U) University
LIFESTYLE IN MOORE PARK
Moore Park residents do most of their shopping at either the Yonge and St. Clair or the Mount Pleasant and Davisville shopping districts. Both these areas are well known for their gourmet food shops and fine dining.
Moore Park residents who live in the more secluded south-east pocket of the neighbourhood can walk across a railway overpass to the small collection of neighbourhood stores on Summerhill Avenue.
RECREATION IN MOORE PARK
Nature and fitness enthusiasts will enjoy the Moore Park Ravine foot path, an 8 kilometre trail that passes through the Rosedale Ravine, the Mt. Pleasant cemetery, and the old Don Valley brickworks.
Moorevale Park, one block east of Mount Pleasant Road, has five tennis courts, a baseball diamond, and a wading pool.
For movie-goers Moore Park is close to a number of theatres on Yonge Street, Eglinton Avenue, and Mount Pleasant Road.
TRANSPORTATION IN MOORE PARK
Moore Park has bus service on St. Clair Avenue, Mount Pleasant Road and Moore Avenue. The Yonge and St. Clair subway station is within walking distance of many Moore Park houses.
Motorists have quick access via Moore Avenue to both the Bayview Extension and the Don Valley Parkway.
PARKS AND GREENSPACES IN THE MOORE PARK AREA
Loring-Wyle Parkette – 276 Saint Clair Avenue East
Loring-Wyle Parkette is a small plot of land, on the northeast corner of the Mount Pleasant Road and St. Clair Avenue East intersection in Toronto’s Moore Park neighbourhood, dedicated to the art and memory of two famous Toronto sculptors: Frances Loring (1887–1968) and Florence Wyle (1881–1968). Until October 1976 the long, narrow property served as the Moore Park turnaround loop for the TTC’s Mount Pleasant streetcar.
The parkette, established in 1984 at the request of the Moore Park Residents’ Association is located one block north of the converted church schoolhouse at 110 Glenrose Avenue that served as the artists’ studio. The parkette contains busts of both women, each carved by the other. In addition, there are 2 sculptures done by Wyle: Young Girl (1938) andHarvester (1940).
Other than the bust of Wyle, there are no other works by Loring displayed in the parkette, as she preferred to work on the monumental scale, and the small area allotted is not suitable for works of that size.
Moorevale Park – 175 Moore Avenue
A 1.5 hectare park near St.Clair Avenue East and Mount Pleasant Road that features five lighted outdoor tennis courts, a lighted lawn bowling green and club house, a wading pool, children’s playground, sport field and a baseball diamond. The park is home to the Moore Park Tennis Club and the Moore Park Lawn Bowling Club. Moorevale Park is a nicely shaded park with lots of beautiful trees. There are washroom facilities in the clubhouse and parking is available on the street.
LIBRARIES IN THE MOORE PARK AREA
- Deer Park Library – 40 Saint Clair Avenue East, (416) 393-7657
- Mount Pleasant Branch Library – 599 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 393-7737
- Toronto Public Library – 165 McRae Drive, (416) 396-3835
- Toronto Reference Library – 789 Yonge Street, (416) 395-5577
- Spadina Road Library – 10 Spadina Road, (416) 393-7666