Recreation in Elia
Elia residents have an abundance of recreational facilities to choose from. There are three community centres in this neighbourhood. The Driftwood Centre at 4401 Jane Street and the Northwood Centre at 15 Clubhouse Court offer numerous programs for children and adults. Both of these community centres have a gymnasium and an outdoor pool. The Yorkwood Community Recreation Centre at 20 Yorkwoods Gate is a small facility that runs tiny tot and after school programs. The Jane Finch Boys and Girls Club also operates out of this centre.
The Boake Greenbelt can be accessed from Northwood Park off Sheppard Avenue, just west of Keele Street. This parkland runs through the centre of the Elia neighbourhood and features a scenic 4.7 km bicycle and walking trail. This trail finishes at Black Creek Pioneer Village, which gives Elia residents a glimpse of what their community was like back in the 1800's. Black Creek Pioneer Village has over 35 restored pioneer buildings, a visitors centre and exhibit gallery, a restaurant, banquet facilities and seasonal events such as the Spring Fair and Christmas in the Village.
Elia is also filled with smaller parks that have various recreational facilities including tennis courts, sports fields, swimming pools, and children's playgrounds. Fountainhead Park at 445 Sentinel Road has an artificial ice rink. Indoor hockey and pleasure skating arenas are located at 23 Grandravine Drive and 230 Gosford Boulevard.
The York Woods Regional Library at 1785 Finch Avenue West offers programs for children and adults. Adjacent to the library is the York Woods Library theatre, a state of the art multi-purpose theatre that is used extensively by the local community.
An outdoor Fun Park located next to York Gate Mall includes mini golf, batting cages and bumper cars, as well as a licensed restaurant with a patio and bar.
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