HISTORY OF HIGH PARKThe High Park neighbourhood contains a wealth of history. The area north of Bloor Street was formerly part of the Town of West Toronto Junction, which was annexed by the City of Toronto in 1909. The historical house at 191 High Park Avenue was built in 1888 for D.W. Clendenan, the first mayor of West Toronto Junction. The High Park property south of Bloor Street, was purchased in 1836 by John Howard † Toronto's first surveyor. Howard named his estate High Park because of its magnificent view of Lake Ontario. In 1873 Howard deeded his beloved High Park estate to the City of Toronto. John Howard's former residence † Colborne Lodge † is still situated on its original site in High Park, where it is now a museum.
HOMES IN HIGH PARKHigh Park's winding tree-lined streets are lined with impressive Victorian, Edwardian, and Tudor-style homes. These captivating houses were built largely during the late 1800's and early 1900's. Several of these houses have been divided into multiple-family dwellings. High Park's distinctive brick homes feature a variety of architectural details that vary from house to house. These features include leaded and stained glass windows, lush wood trims, french doors, hardwood floors and fireplaces. The High Park neighbourhood also features a selection of condominium apartment buildings along Quebec Avenue, north of Bloor Street. These apartments are in the entry level price range. They include balconies, some of which feature south views that overlook High Park and Lake Ontario.
SCHOOLS IN HIGH PARK AND SURROUNDING AREAS
(P) Warren Park Junior Public School, 135 Varsity Road York, (416) 394-3140
(P) Humbercrest Public School, 14 Saint Marks Road York, (416) 394-2370
(P) Runnymede Collegiate Institute, 569 Jane Street York, (416) 394-3200
(P) King George Junior Public School, 25 Rexford Road York, (416) 394-3060
(P) Swansea Junior and Senior Public School, 207 Windermere Avenue, (416) 393-9080
(P) Runnymede Junior and Senior Public School, 357 Runnymede Road, (416) 393-9055
(P) Ursula Franklin Academy, 146 Glendonwynne Road, (416) 393-0430
(P) High Park Alternative Junior School, 265 Annette Street, (416) 393-9050
(P) Keele Street Junior Public School, 99 Mountview Avenue, (416) 393-9035
(PH) Western Technical-Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Crescent, (416) 393-0500
(PH) Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Avenue, (416) 393-0000
(CA) St. James, 230 Humbercrest Blvd., 416-393-5275
(CA) James Culnan, 605 Willard Ave., 416-393-5325
(CA) St. Cecilia, 355 Annette St., 416-393-5218
(CA) St. Pius X, 71 Jane St., 416-393-5237
(PR) High Park Day School 2150 Bloor Street West, Suite 202, (416) 762-4447
LEGEND:(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
RECREATION IN HIGH PARKHigh Park encompasses 399 acres of public parkland. This city park includes a fishing pond, an outdoor theatre, an animal paddocks, picnic grounds, playgrounds, a restaurant, an historic museum, flower gardens, an adventure playground and a trackless train. High Park's sports facilities include tennis, baseball, soccer, lawn bowling, swimming, and skating, as well as walking, jogging and cycling paths found throughout the park. You can read all about the rich history of High Park at the Runnymede Public Library on Bloor Street or the High Park Public Library on Roncesvalles. Both these libraries offer a myriad of programs for neighbourhood residents. Launched in 1998, the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground (located at 1873 Bloor St. W. in High Park) is a family meeting place that was inspired and built by the imagination and creativity of the local community and its children. A fire at the playground on March 17 destroyed a large portion of the popular structure. This beloved neighbourhood landmark was rebuilt in 2012.
TRANSPORTATION IN HIGH PARKThe Bloor-Danforth subway line has three stations serving the High Park neighbourhood including the Runnymede, High Park, and Keele stations. Motorists are approximately five minutes from the Queensway, which connects commuters to Lake Shore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway.
PARKS AND GREENSPACES IN THE HIGH PARK AREA
Rennie Park - 1 Rennie TerraceA 9.7 hectare park near Bloors Street West and the South Kingsway features four lighted tennis courts, shuffle board an artificial ice rink, a gazebo, two picnic areas, a wading pool, a children's playground and a dog off leash area.
High Park - 1873 Bloor Street West
High Park encompasses 399 acres of public parkland. This city park includes a fishing pond, an outdoor theatre, an animal paddocks, picnic grounds, playgrounds, a restaurant, an historic museum, flower gardens, an adventure playground and a trackless train. High Park's sports facilities include tennis, baseball, soccer, lawn bowling, swimming, and skating, as well as walking, jogging and cycling paths found throughout the park.
Lessard Park - 52 Lessard AvenueA 1.4-hecatre park near Jane Street and Bloor Street West that features a ball diamond and a children's playground.
King's Mill Park - 105 Riverwood ParkwayKings Mill Park, located South of Bloor and the Old Mill Inn, is one of a chain of parks along the Humber River leading to Lake Ontario. King's Mill is the original name of the Old Mill at the north end of the Park. It's an excellent park for hiking, biking and bird watching. You can also reward your dog after a good long hike with a chance to play with friends in the off-leash area. Whether you want to have a picnic, or just take a stroll along the banks of the Humber River, this park is a great spot to refresh and renew. Kings Mill Park is also a part of the Humber River, Old Mill and Marshes Discovery Walk.
Kennedy-Margdon Parkette - 40 Margdon Road
Ravina Gardens Park - 290 Clendenan Avenue
George Chater Park - 266 Durie St
LIBRARIES IN THE HIGH PARK AREA
- Runnymede Library - 2178 Bloor Street West, (416) 393-7697
- Swansea Memorial Library - 95 Lavinia Avenue, (416) 393-7695
- Bloor/Gladstone Library - 1101 Bloor Street West, (416) 393-7674
- Perth/Dupont Library - 1589 Dupont Street, (416) 393-7677
- St. Clair/Silverthorn Library - 1748 Saint Clair Avenue West, (416) 393-7709
- Annette Street Library - 145 Annette Street, (416) 393-7692
source: wikipedia.org and torontoneighbourhoods.net