This busy 6.5 hectare park lies in Toronto's Beach neighbourhood and stretches from Queen Street East down to the Lakeshore. Along it's Queen Street edge you'll find a cenotaph, seasonal flower beds and a library. The park interior features a wading pool and playground, trails, naturalized and open grassy areas, baseball diamond and a bandstand used for some of the many events that happen in this park. Where the park meets the beach there are tennis courts, a sports pad used as a sports area in summer and artificial ice rink in winter, an enclosed seasonal winter fire pit, and a building with change rooms, washrooms, a snack bar and a water bottle filling station.
At the foot of Lee Avenue lies the Gardener's Cottage, a historic building also known as Kew Williams House surrounded by attractive seasonal plantings. At its south end this park meets up with the boardwalk and beach that run along the Lake Ontario shoreline. This area is also known as Beaches Park and features a fenced in dogs off leash area as well as the iconic Leuty lifeguard station.
Then and Now: Parks and Recreation through the years!
ACCESSIBILITY - The park is wheelchair accessible. Towards the western part of the beach in front of the D. D. Summerville Pool, a plastic Mobi mat system leads from the base of the pool building to the shoreline allowing mobility devices to access the sand and water. A beach wheelchair is available in summer - call 392-7688 to book.
BLUE FLAG BEACH Woodbine and Kew-Balmy beaches typically achieve annual blue flag certification. This international eco-label is awarded to beaches that meet high water quality, environmental and safety standards.
HISTORIC ELEMENTS - Cenotaph honouring service in the First World War, Second World War and Korean War, Italian Renaissance style Doctor William D. Young Memorial and drinking fountain, heritage-designated Gardener's Cottage and Leuty boat house.
LOCATION - Located in a historic neighbourhood with a small-town feel and fronts onto Queen Street East, a vibrant street with an eclectic mix of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
SCENIC VIEWS - Great views of Lake Ontario .
WASHROOMS - Accessible washrooms located in building at south end of the park open daily year-round (closed Christmas).