Green space has always been important for mental and physical health, but during the pandemic, having access to green space is even more crucial! This is particularly true if you are a dog owner. Trinity Bellwoods is one of Toronto’s top 3 parks (according to me!) and offers great green space with tons of amenities for all ages, stages, and interests.
This vast park expands over 14.6 hectares and has a plethora of areas for outdoor activities, including multiple ball diamonds, playgrounds, wading pool, volleyball courts, tennis courts and even an artificial ice rink in the winter (operating this season by reservation only). It’s the perfect place for a picnic, a Sunday stroll, outdoor yoga, or to simply spend some time enjoying the outdoors and people watching. It’s also one of the best places in the city to sit back and view Toronto’s iconic skyline.
There is nothing quite like the simple pleasure of an afternoon in the park - especially with spring having just arrived!!
The History of Trinity Bellwoods
In modern day, Trinity Bellwoods Park is a mecca of green space for urbanites, but what do you know about the history of this popular park?
It sits atop buried treasure- from a historical point of view.
The park was created by filling in the deep ravine created by the flowing Garrison Creek. The Crawford St. Bridge-(the bridge was significant in the way in which it facilitated life for pedestrians, which notably ran overtop of the ravine) is also buried beneath the park.
It’s the original site of Trinity College, where it resided from 1852 until 1950. Trinity College started as a private school, but eventually joined with the University of Toronto. It was commissioned by John Strachan, who had originally seen the school as an extension of the Anglican Church) and was built in the popular Gothic Revival Style. Over the years, more building were added to the campus.
Another Trinity College was built on campus at U of T and the original school on the park land was demolished. It is believed that much of the foundation is still intactand buried underneath the park.
Check out these posts about the history of the park: Historicist: Buried Under Bellwoods and This Is What Trinity Bellwoods Looked Like A Century Ago.
Fab Farmers Market
During the pandemic, there are two things that became increasingly more important- supporting local and eating healthy. Trinity Bellwoods’ awesome Farmer’s Market lets you do both. With a long list of high-quality purveyors, offering fresh and tasty produce, meats, cheese, wines with an emphasis on local and sustainable agriculture, consider making the market part of your weekly grocery shop in-season.
The Farmers Market runs Tuesdays from 3-7, rain or shine, from May through October.
Must Love Dogs
The best dog parks in Toronto aren't necessarily the biggest or greenest - for dog owners, spaces that are safe and accessible set the standard. The large off-leash area is centred by a sunken pit, which provides loads of open space for dogs to run and play. The slopes surrounding the pit provide the perfect perch for pet owners to keep an eye on their dogs. There are also well-located waste bins.
* Famous park resident of the Sciuridae variety! *
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Much thanks to Zeus C for use of the cover photo!
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