Ward 10 the place to be for spring and summer

A Town Crier Community Column

With spring and summer upon us, we are all presented with a wonderful opportunity to get outside and explore the greatness of Toronto. Whether it’s our parks, forests, ravines, cafes, concerts, theatres, rivers or lakes, there seems to be something for everyone.

While there is a temptation to venture downtown or to other parts of Toronto, Ward 10 has a fantastic offering of activities for all age groups. One of the ward’s great jewels is the Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre in Earl Bales Park, which hosts free concerts on Tuesdays and some Thursdays all summer long. The performances are exceptional.

York Centre also hosts great festivals. In August, over 1,000 people attend the Antibes Multicultural Festival on the grounds of the Antibes Community Centre. This represents the finest of Ward 10’s talent, cuisine and culture. The Filipino community has a magnificent festival celebrating Philippine Independence Day in Earl Bales Park on July 28.

Ward 10 also features plenty of opportunities to be active outdoors as well. We have just opened a new off-street bike trail along the hydro corridor north of Finch Avenue and other trails can be found in G. Lord Ross Park — biking has never been safer or more fun. There are tennis courts in numerous parks, including Champlain Park, Balmoral Park, Clanton Park and Rockford Park.

Walking is also a great part of life in Ward 10. Various trails line their way through our magnificent parks, river systems and reservoirs. If you are looking for a striking view, take a walk down to the lower part of Earl Bales Park and visit our new pond. One of the great secret treasures of Ward 10 will take your breath away. Of course, don’t forget to enjoy the great outdoors with your pet by visiting our new off-leash dog zones in G. Ross Lord Park and Earl Bales Park.

Kids can stay cool this summer by enjoying the new state-of-the-art water playground in Earl Bales Park as well as similar facilities in Balmoral Park, Harryetta Gardens and Irv Chapley Park. There is also an outdoor pool at the Irv Chapley Community Centre and indoor pools at the Northview Heights Secondary School and the Antibes Community Centre.

Finally, don’t forget to join us for the Ward 10 Community Environment Day on Thurs., May 3 at Esther Shiner Stadium from 4–7 p.m.

If you are looking for more information about the great treasures of Ward 10 and other parts of Toronto please call 416-392-1371 or e-mail at [email]councillor_pasternak@toronto.ca[/email] for a Discover Ward 10 information package.

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By: James Pasternak
Posted: Apr 19 2012 3:31 pm
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto