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Cedarvale

Welcome to Cedarvale

The defining feature of this neighbourhood is the Cedarvale Ravine, which cuts a wide diagonal swath through the middle of Cedarvale. This ravine provides numerous recreational opportunities.

Cedarvale has an established Jewish community that has grown up around the Holy Blossom Temple and Beth Tzedec Synagogue, which are both situated on Bathurst Street.

The following article is courtesy of
www.torontoneighbourhoodnews.com
Summer 2009 edition

Cedarvale Park – A Progressive Urban Green Space

No one is left out of the fun at Cedarvale Park a huge urban greenspace that cuts a diagonal swath through the Cedarvale neighbourhood which is located west of Bathurst Street between St. Clair Avenue and Eglinton Avenue.

In addition to the traditional recreational amenities found in many Toronto parks such as baseball diamond, tennis courts, soccer pitches and a skating rink this progressive city of Toronto park has recently added an enclosed off leash area for dogs and an innovative environmental education program called Families In Nature.

The Families In Nature program is situated in the middle of the park in a meadow with a stream running through it. This watercourse is a tributary of the Don River. The city parks department has smartly converted this grassy meadow into a wetland habitat where native flora and fauna can thrive while at the same time improving water quality and mitigating drought and flooding conditions.

Families In Nature has been assisted by over 300 volunteers from the community. Some of the initiatives have included planting native trees shrubs, wildflowers and grasses. Educational interpretive signs installed along the foot-path overlooking the meadow allow visitors to learn about the plants, birds and animals which may be seen in this restored habitat.

Cedarvale Park with its emphasis on recreation, the environment and inclusion for dog owners is innovative and would seem to be a model for urban parks across Toronto in the future. 

 


Cedarvale Park Families In Nature interpretive trail.

 


Cedarvale Park’s popular dogs off leash area.

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