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.
However, 'convenient' certainly hasn't been a word used to describe any outdoor recreation in Toronto since the spread of COVID-19.
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 recent weeks, the warm weather has begun to call to us, encouraging us to escape the shadowy indoors we've been trapped in for months, and head out to feel the warm breeze and enjoy the heat of the sun on our necks. Sadly, social distancing measures make these simple enjoyments a bit more complicated.
If recent events in Trinity-Bellwoods Park have taught us anything, it's that the appearance of any endangerment to our collective agreement to stop the spread of COVID-19 causes swift and hard divisions amongst Torontonians - and rightly so. That isn't to say you shouldn't be allowed to visit the wide array of green spaces that our city has to offer. But when you do, go solo, or with those in your household. Alternatively, if you are meeting up with friends, whom you've dearly missed seeing and conversing with in person, bring a tape measure to ensure you're six feet apart. Even bringing large blankets and having everyone remain on their own can help with this as well. (Check out this hilarious and amazing new park blanket!)
It would be a shame to have this summer pass us by without the opportunity for outdoor recreation and fun - so enjoy it responsibly! One of our favourite parks to visit is Riverdale Park East, located at 550 Broadview Ave just south of Danforth Avenue.
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. Many of these need to be avoided or, at the very least, enjoyed responsibly during the pandemic.
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There is of course - the Riverdale Park East outdoor pool, which is the perfect reprieve during a hot summer day. We can't wait till it re-opens... sadly this may not be till the early fall or even next summer!
Perhaps by winter, we'll be allowed to take our sleds back to the park for a few good runs, or spin around the skating rink!
What’s your outdoor pleasure? Riverdale Park East most likely can offer it to you!
We're delighted to offer this sun-drenched two-bedroom furnished rental on Tennis Crescent... with Riverdale Park East just 20 seconds away - right at the end of the street!!
Along with the Garden Suite, we dubbed these swish, furnished pads, Two Short Term Rentals In Prime Riverdale, Steps To The Danforth!
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