Joel Weeks Park

This is our newest fave on the east end park list.

Opened in Fall 2012, the City of Toronto’s Joel Weeks Park in Rivertowne is a new community green space located in between Dundas St. E and Queen St. E along Carroll St. There is a new playground (on wood chips), a waterplay area, basketball courts, a small sandbox and lots of open space for picnicking and running around.

Dubbed the “river park” in our house, it’s the stream that flows from the splash pad that brings us back for more. Kids love to stomp along the curved path or send objects down the river and race to catch them on the other side.

TRIP TIPS:

Getting there – On transit, get off at Carroll St. from either the Dundas or Queen streetcars. Check the TTC Trip Planner. Driving, lots of residential parking, though most is only one-hour. Paid parking along Queen St. E and Dundas St. E.

Don’t forget sunscreen – The newly-planted trees offer very little cover at this point but there is a well-shaded grass area on the west side of the park.

Potty time – no bathrooms.

Snacks – bring your own or stop at Darkhorse Coffee on Queen St. E (southeast of park) or Merchants of Green Coffee on Matilda St (northwest of park) for some kids treats and parent pick-me-ups.

DETAILS:

Joel Weeks Park
10 Thompson St.
Everyone should know, and give their little ones an extra hug upon learning, that the park is dedicated in memory of eight-year-old Joel Andrew Weeks who fell and drowned in an open sewer while playing with friends in 1982.

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