Category Archives: Greenwood Village

Hear about Greenwood’s history of bricks – September 11, 2014

You are invited to a talk about the history of brickmaking along Greenwood Avenue.
September 11, 2014
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
At the Brickyard Grounds, 1289 Gerrard Street East 
(southwest corner of Greenwood and Gerrard)

You may also be interested in seeing a previous post: Greenwood Avenue’s history of bricks. The Ashbridges operated a brickyard just north of present-day Duke of Connaught School.

The speaker on September 11 at Brickyard Grounds is Joanne Doucette, an east end historian and author of Pigs, Flowers and Bricks: A history of Leslieville to 1920.

Sept. 9 update: Joanne has advised there is a prix fixe menu $20 at her talk – contact the Brickyard Grounds directly for a reservation. If you plan to attend RSVP to
Or call the restaurant at 416-465-4444.

Joanne has also written a history brochure of the Ashdale neighbourhood (Gerrard-Ashdale area). The following is excerpted from her material for this talk:

The clay pits brickmakers left behind are still with us today, disguised as subdivisions, parks, schoolyards and even Gerrard Square!

John Price’s shale pit on Greenwood Avenue is now the site of a housing complex and secondary school.
Felstead Park is the site of the Logan brickyard.
Greenwood Park is the site of the Russell and Morley brickyards.
Another became Harper’s Dump, the main municipal tip for Toronto, which later became the TTC yards on Greenwood.
Many others, large and small, remain. One was the site of the Motordrome, Canada’s first board motorcycle racetrack.
Another was the site of the Ulster Stadium where the soccer greats of the 1920s and 30s played the beautiful game against local teams.

For more information, please contact Joanne Doucette or the Brickyard Grounds at 416-465-4444.

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Toronto Brick Company 1928 – east of Greenwood just north of the railway tracks – City of Toronto Archives

Join the Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood Jane’s Walk on Sunday May 4, 2014

Ashbridge's neighbourhood Jane's Walk

You’re invited to the Jane’s Walk Sunday May 4 – meet at the northwest corner of Lakeshore and Coxwell.

You’re invited to the Jane’s Walk Sunday May 4 – 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Meet at the northwest corner of Lakeshore and Coxwell. (Ashbridge’s Bay skatepark).

We’ll take a stroll up from the bay, roughly up the Ashbridge’s Creek, one of the hidden streams of east Toronto.

What we’ll talk about:
What is Ashbridge’s Bay today? What was it in 1793? Who were the Ashbridges? Why is there a historic house on Queen East with a huge expanse of lawn? Where is the Ashbridge’s Creek today? Guess a few of the names that the Ashbridge’s neighbourhood has been called in the last 220 years.

See the walk page on the Jane’s Walk website.

Also see photos of the Jane’s Walk I led in 2012, in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Duke of Connaught Public School, Woodfield Road, Toronto.

Come to the Greenwood Park Lantern Skate — Saturday March 15, 2014

Greenwood Park Lantern Skate

Saturday March 15, 2014
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Celebrate the end of the skating season at Greenwood Park

Celebrate the end of the skating season at Greenwood Park

Celebrate the end of a wonderful skating season. Bring a lantern or flashlight and light up the trail!
Enjoy music and warm up with a mug of hot chocolate!

More info:

Maple Leafs practise at Greenwood Park rink

From “Leafs Nation” – Toronto Maple Leafs blog:

Leafs Nation, you’re all invited to the Sport Chek Outdoor Practice!

Join us at Greenwood Rink (150 Greenwood Ave., Toronto) on February 21st from 10:00 – 11:00 AM as the Leafs take their practice out into the community. The rink at Greenwood Park is Toronto’s first covered outdoor rink and was recently revitalized with over $300,000 in support from the MLSE Foundation.


Beat the cold weather – lots going on locally – Greenwood Park ice rink, Brickyard Grounds

Try the new skating path and rink at Greenwood Park.

New Brickyard Grounds café/restaurant nearby at Greenwood and Gerrard. See photo from below. Photos by Jesse Milns on blogto.

Applegrove Community Complex programs

February 1 Applegrove’s Annual Yoga-Thon
Beat the February Blues with Applegrove’s Yoga-Thon on February 1! Led by professional yoga instructors and accompanied by live music, this feel-good fundraiser is beneficial to Applegrove AND you!

Ashdale Events with Gerrard-Ashdale Library – January 2014

East End Community Health Centre – January 2014 program schedule

S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre

Brickyard Grounds Jan. 2014 - Photo by Jesse Milns

Greenwood Park rink grand opening November 23, 2013

From Councillor Paula Fletcher, Ward 30:

Help launch Toronto’s first and only outdoor covered rink and skating path, built in the heart of Ward 30 in Greenwood Park.
Come celebrate the opening with a ribbon cutting, skills competition for kids and the first skate on the new rinks.

Saturday, November 23, 2013
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
150 Greenwood Ave. (Dundas and Greenwood)
See Councillor Fletcher’s website
Also: Photos of rink progress in January 2013 and October 2013 update