Willowdale Attractions – Summer in the City

If you’re looking for something to do around Willowdale, here is a list of just some of the activities around the neighbourhood.

Toronto Pools – Splash Pads – and Beaches

If you’re looking for places to cool down in the city, there is now an online Cool Spaces Near You page to help you. In WIllowdale, some of your options include:

Outdoor Pools – including Goulding and Mitchell Field Community Centres.

Splash Pads – at Hendon Park, Willowdale Park or Glendora Park.  Hours are 9 AM – 8:30 PM weather permitting.

City Beaches – All public beaches in Toronto are open, including the Toronto Island Beaches. Please be aware that there continues to be additional enforcement ensuring there is no public drinking, and that people are remaining physically distanced.

For more information on City beaches click here.

Playgrounds Open Again

Willowdale has a lot of great playgrounds, and with the start of Stage 3 they are all now re-opened!

Parents and caregivers should know that the City will not be sanitizing equipment or play structures. Physical distancing is still important, so if playgrounds get too busy, it might be smart to find a different playground nearby, or come back later in the day.

For more information on City playground guidelines click here, or click here to find a playground near you.

North York Farmer’s Market 

The North York Farmer’s Market has returned to Mel Lastman Square. The market runs every Thursday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM from now until the last Thursday in October.

The Farmer’s Market is a great way to support local farmers and businesses like Willowtree Farm, Motherdough Mill & Bakery, Superior Meats, Elfsong Apiaries, De La Terre Bakery, Thames River Melon and Jack’s Farm.

Even though the Market is outdoors, which reduces the risk if virus transmission, organizers have introduced additional safety measures, such as limiting the number of customers at one time.

Free Outdoor Programs for Kids and Youth

The City of Toronto is offering two different drop-in outdoor recreation programs until the end of the summer. ParksPlayTO For kids age 1-12 and their caregivers, ParksPlayTO offers activities like nature exploring, gardening, active games, arts and crafts, family fitness, story-telling and music circles.  Sessions start at 9:15 AM and 1:30 PM, Monday to Friday, and are each 2.5 hours in length. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before programming for health screening and sign-in.  Programs in Willowdale are being offered at Edithvale, Gwendolen, Hendon, Lee Lifeson and Willowdale Parks.

Summer in the 6ix For teens and youth aged 13 to 24, Summer in the 6IX offers the opportunity to drop in, meet up with friends and participate in fun activities like sports, dance, fitness, and more.  There is no cost to participate and no pre-registration, just drop by.  These one hour programs are available at Edithvale Park on Mondays at 12:30 PM and Saturdays at 2:30 PM, Gwendolen Park on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 2:30 PM and at Hendon Park on Mondays at 2:30 PM.

To find locations and programs near you, or elsewhere in the city, you can visit the City’s listings here.

GIbson House Walking Tours

Gibson House is now running a brand new walking tour, covering the history of the neighbourhood, as well as information about the art and sculptures in Gibson Park, and highlights some of the famous residents of York Cemetery.

The tours happen four times daily, from Wednesday to Sunday every week. To purchase tickets, you can click here.