The closure of Corktown Common has been in the news over the past few days, to the displeasure of some Corktowners. Our gem of a park will be taken over by the Pan Am Games Athlete’s Village on June 1, and will remain off-limits until after the games finish in late August.
So what’s a nature-lover, dog-owner, or parent to do during our long summer of discontent? Here are five city park options in and around Corktown for your enjoyment:
- Riverdale West Park offers an off-leash area, picnic site, sports field and the historic Riverdale Farm, where kids have been getting up close to livestock since 1896.
- The new Regent Park is now actually a park with green space, with great facilities for kids. Located next to the fabulous Regent Park Aquatic Centre, this park opened last year and includes an off-leash and splash pad.
- On Power Street, there’s a large off-leash dog park. Just be careful getting there – you’ll have to cross either Richmond or Adelaide Streets, and both can be busy. Fun fact: the park’s real name is “Orphan’s Green”.
- Take a walk on Riverside, and to Joel Weeks Park in particular. This two and a half acre park opened in 2012 and features a basketball court, playground, splash pad and a small community garden. Plus an unusual sculpture of squirrels and nuts.
- And last, but not least, there’s the Lower Don Trail. Some have called it Toronto’s backyard, for good reason. It offers a vast landscape of forests, marshes, trails, flora and fauna all within walking distance of Corktown. This would be a great time to get out and enjoy it, as a significant construction project to enhance the trail is set to begin soon. You can access the trail from a number of points, including from the Queen Street Bridge.
These are just a few of the many parks within walking distance of Corktown. To find more, just check out the city’s handy parks locator here.
Did we miss your favourite green space in or around Corktown. Tell us!