Kid-Friendly Toronto: Corktown Common

There is a lot of construction going on in Toronto right now. The city is getting ready for the 2015 PanAm Games and the city’s planning department is trying to fight urban sprawl by building more housing and condos closer to downtown. All this growth comes at the cost of eating up green spaces. Fortunately, all of this growth also comes with some smart planning and creation of new parks and green spaces. Corktown Common is a fabulous new kid-friendly Toronto urban park that has just opened in the West Don Lands.

New East Toronto Park

kid-friendly toronto corktown commonLocated at the base of River Street, Corktown Common is just steps away from  Underpass Park, which opened last year. Surrounded by construction sites, Corktown Common has taken shape over the last few of years and Torontonians have been awaiting it’s opening.

What will you find at Corktown Common? The park includes a system of marshlands with elevated walkways, for maximum marsh viewing and enjoyment. A large pavilion structure, which houses the ever important public washrooms, sits on the hilltop and is the centre of the play space. Around the pavilion kids can play in a fully accessible water splash pad, take a ride on the swings and play in a sandpit with slides that are built right into the hillside. After wandering around kids will discover climbing structures, rocks to climb, hills to roll down and plenty of spots to grab a seat and enjoy the views of the Toronto skyline and the Don Valley Parkway. If throwing around the football or having a picnic are more your family’s speed, there is plenty of open grass space too.

Kid-Friendly Toronto Space

kid-friendly toronto corktown common slidesThis kid-friendly Toronto park is quite accessible by car, bike and transit. Take the River Street exit on the 501 Queen Street car…walk a block south and the park is right there. Or, if you enjoy riding your bike, the Don Valley bike trail links up with the park, just south of River Street. Free parking is available on the street for those travelling by car.

Our family visited the park on the opening weekend and it was buzzing with people and kids wandering, exploring and enjoying being outdoors in the city. There are plans to expand the park even further toward the Don River, so the park will be closed in the fall until spring 2014. So, don’t miss your chance to enjoy the park all summer long. Our family loves playing outdoors and it is wonderful to have another fabulous park in the City of Toronto to enjoy.

Jen Farr

In my "previous life" I was a mental health professional...in my current life I'm a stay-at-home mom with 2 beautifully adventurous kids. I share everything that lands on my kitchen counter over on my blog, Kitchen Counter Chronicles. Swing by and learn how we are greening their lives; what we are crafting; what we are cooking and what we are reading. While you will often find the girls and I inside the kitchen, you will also find us out and about getting our hands dirty, exploring and learning outdoors.

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