Category Archives: S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre

Ashbridge neighbourhood events June 3-4, 2017 – Duke Fun Fair, Craft Beer at Ashbridge Estate, more

Lots going on this weekend at the Ashbridge Estate and nearby.

Saturday June 3
Duke of Connaught Fun Fair. Lots of fun. Also, you can sign the petition to keep the city’s swim programs alive at our local pool — S.H. Armstrong.


The Art of Craft Beer at the Ashbridge Estate.

10-8 (also Sunday)
Vintage clothing sale at the VandenBerg House, 1400 Queen East.

Sunday June 4
Farmers’ market, Jonathan Ashbridge Park.

And not too far away, this weekend there are art walks – Riverdale and Kingston Road.

Three Jane’s Walks in the Ashbridge’s neighbourhood – Saturday May 6, 2017

On Saturday May 6, take part in a Jane’s Walk to learn about interesting parts of our city, including our neighbourhood. There are three walks in our area on May 6 — two starting at 10 a.m. and another one at 1 p.m.

Living in our laneways
Meet at 1374 Queen Street East – The Sidekick Cafe
Saturday May 6, 2017, 10 a.m., two hours
Led by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon

Take a stroll down some quaint lanes in Toronto’s east end with Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Councillor Ana Bailao’s Executive Assistant, City Planning, Lanescape, and Evergreen as we discuss our initiative to create a Laneway Suites policy in the city of Toronto!

Where Will the Next Generation Live?
Meet at 151 Hiawatha Road
Saturday May 6, 2017, 10 a.m., two hours
Led by Joy Connelly

Blue collar workers used to live on my east end street. Now houses sell for $1.2 Million and up. I couldn’t afford to buy or rent on my own street today, and neither could my kids. We can’t go on like this. While the Federal and Provincial Governments discuss tax policy and rent controls, let’s talk about what local governments and local citizens can do — from second suites to inclusionary zoning to community land trusts — to make housing

Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood – since 1793.
Meet at Ashbridge’s Bay skatepark, Coxwell at Lake Shore Blvd.
Saturday May 6, 2017, 1 p.m., 1.5 hours
Led by Robert Miller

Take a stroll up Ashbridge’s Creek – one of the hidden streams of east end Toronto. We will stroll up from the bay. 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? Guess a few of the names that the Ashbridge’s neighbourhood has been called in the last 100 years.

See a complete list and map of Jane’s Walks in Toronto.

Penny Oleksiak’s tweet supporting Duke/S.H. pool gets a positive response from Mayor Tory

January 11, 2017

Thanks to Penny Oleksiak, you are even more awesome than before.

Mayor John Tory tweeted this morning “Gold medal message received, . I’ve asked Budget Chief Gary Crawford to find a way to save these pools.” He was responding to Penny’s tweet of yesterday:


Penny Oleksiak tweets her support for keeping the Duke of Connaught / S. H. Armstrong pool open

Our local Olympian and Monarch Park student Penny Oleksiak has tweeted penny-oleksiak-twitter-supports-duke-sh-pool-jan10-2017her support for our swimming pool at Duke of Connaught School / S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre, Woodfield Road.

And thanks a million to the local parents who are lobbying Mayor John Tory and Toronto City Council to not implement this proposed cut to the City budget.

Join the Facebook group to keep up to date: Save SH Armstrong/Duke of Connaught pool 2017.

Join the Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood Facebook group to keep up to date on what’s going on in our community.



Summer camps, swimming pool hours and upcoming events – updated July 25, 2016

Summer camps
Spaces still available in some local kids’ camps – inquire at Applegrove, S.H. Armstrong, Greenwood Park about spaces.


Lake Ontario swimming
Check the water quality report for Woodbine Beach, Ashbridge’s Bay Park.

Outdoor pools

Note Greenwood Pool is closed Labour Day but you can swim at Monarch or Summerville (Olympic) pool on that day.

Greenwood Pool is open daily until Sunday September 4 from 12 to 7 for leisure swim, and from 7 to 8 p.m. for adult lane swim (18+). On the Greenwood Park page click on Drop-in Programs/ Swimming to see the current week’s schedule. Also see swim lessons by clicking on Swimming.

Monarch Park Pool daily *including Labour Day – leisure swim 12 to 7 p.m., lane swim 7 to 8 p.m. Note Monarch is also open the weekend of Sat. Sept. 10 – Sun. Sept. 11. Those two days, same times for leisure swim 12-7 and lane swim 7-8. Final closing Sun. Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.

Donald Summerville Olympic Pool Lane swim 7 to 8 p.m. daily until Sept. 4. Leisure swim daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Sept. 4. Leisure swim also from 5 to 7 p.m. starting Aug. 1 to Sept. 4. *On Labour Day, Sept. 5 — leisure swim 12 to 5 p.m.

Ongoing neighbourhood events

Flea market at Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen Street East – third Sunday of the month
Sunday August 21
Sunday September 18
Sunday October 16

Farmers’ market, Jonathan Ashbridge Park
Every Sunday until Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ashbridge Farmers Market - Jonathan Ashbridge Park


Community meeting at S.H. Armstrong October 8, 2015 — Urban Design Guidelines for Queen Street East from Leslie to Coxwell

Thursday October 8, 7 p.m. at S.H. Armstrong, 56 Woodfield Road.

Notice from the City of Toronto:

Urban Design Guidelines for Queen Street East from Leslie Street to Coxwell Avenue Community Meeting #2

City Planning is undertaking a study of Queen Street East between Leslie Street and Coxwell Avenue. Specifically, City Council has requested that the City Planning Division determine if either the existing Urban Design Guidelines for Queen Street East or the Leslieville Urban Design Guidelines should be extended to apply to the portion of Queen Street East between Leslie Street and Coxwell Avenue. The City held the first meeting for this Study on April 21, 2015.

Please join us at the next Community Meeting where we will present the draft urban design guidelines, which reflect the community feedback and the Official Plan policies for Queen Street between Coxwell Avenue and Leslie Street.

Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Place: SH Armstrong Community Centre (56 Woodfield Road)

For more information contact Kelly Jones, Planner at or 416-392-4293

You may also contact Councillor Paula Fletcher, Ward 30, at (416) 392-4060 or Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ward 32, at 416-392-1376.

Notice to correspondents:
Personal information received at community consultation meetings / workshops or contained in correspondence with the City is collected under sections 8 and 136 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006 specifically for creating a public record of information potentially relevant to making an informed decision. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to the email address listed above.
Compliance with City Council policy respecting Notice may result in you receiving duplicate notices.

Attendant Care Services can be made available with some advance notice.

See the city’s web page for this plan.

See the meeting notice (PDF).

Many summer activities, such as S.H. Armstrong hosts the Pan Am torch relay on July 6, 2015

A roundup of summer activities courtesy of Duke of Connaught School Council. Lots to choose from, right in our neighbourhood. Greenwood Pool is now open for swimming (as of Friday June 26).


Pan Am Games: S.H. Armstrong hosts the Pan Am torch relay on July 6 at 10 a.m.!
S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre is a stop on the Pan Am Torch Relay on July 6th! It’s scheduled for 10 a.m. in the gymnasium, so please come out and experience the Pan Am spirit! 56 Woodfield Road.

Summer Camps
– Applegrove Community Complex
: We currently have space available in our day camps for children ages 6-12 during the weeks of June 29, July 27, August 4, 17 and 24. Our weekly camp activities include: physical activities/swimming, cooking, crafts, trips every week, light Breakfast & Snack, cooperative games. The cost is $100 per week. We are also running 2-week Leadership Programs. This program helps young teens (ages 12 – 15) build confidence and self-esteem; gain leadership and team-building skills; and develop life skills such as planning, budgeting, cooking and first aid. There is currently space available for the weeks of July 6, 20 and August 10. The cost is $200 for 2 weeks. Please email May Seto at for more information on either camp program and to register.

– NEW – Planète Française is a French immersion camp being offered at Duke this year starting July 6. We are a safe, convenient and innovative French-Immersion camp designed to build French language skills and confidence in a fun summer environment. Enjoy up to 7 action-packed weeks with unique themes, incredible guests and city adventures. Bite into healthy, local and organic snacks which are included during the camp and in the Aftercare Lemonade Club/After-Camp French Reading Club. We want to celebrate our new DUKE location! All registered campers attending the Duke location will receive a drawstring Planète Française nylon bag – perfect for taking along when we explore the local beaches and parks. For more information and to register (some courses are almost full), please visit

S.H. Armstrong runs a variety of day camps out of their Woodfield Road location. We are so excited for this summer as we have some new staff that are eager and excited to provide an exceptional camp experience! Below are some courses in which space is still available … to register for these or other City of Toronto programme, please visit:
– Specialty Camp-Acrylics paints: w/o July 27 2015, 9-4pm. Course code #2698749
– Specialty Camp-Acrylics paints: w/o August 17 2015, 9-4pm. Course Code #2698753
– Specialty Camp-Clay: w/o August 4 2015, 9-4pm. Course Code #2698750
– Specialty Camp-Multi Art: w/o August 24, 2015, 9-4pm, Course Code #2698751

Swimming Lessons at S.H. Armstrong and Greenwood Park
– S.H. Armstrong, 56 Woodfield Road: Swimming lessons are being offered this year at SH Amstrong for the month of July! Space is available for a variety courses. Please see attached for the list of courses and click on this link to register:
– Greenwood Park: Swimming starts at Greenwood Park this Friday, June 26 and ends Sunday, September 6. Greenwood Park offers lessons, leisure swim and lane swim. Please see attached for the Greenwood Park schedule and click on this link to register:

Sunday Markets
Farmer’s market in Jonathan Ashbridge park every Sunday from 9 to 2 (20 Woodward Avenue) until November 1. For more information, please visit:

– Ashbridge Estate flea market: 3rd Sunday of every month from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until October 18. The next two markets are July 19 and August 16. For more information, please visit:

Something for every age group in March Break, Applegrove 50+ Active Living Fair March 18, 2015

Our Greenwood Park skating trail is still open, good fun on a day when it’s not raining. Will stay open til March 22.

For other activities, see S.H. Armstrong (March Break camp), East End Community Health Centre and Gerrard-Ashdale Library links under Community Services in the right column.

See What’s New at Applegrove for details on the Applegrove happenings listed below:

50+ Active Living & Information FairApplegrove Active Living March 18 2015 – FREE

Come to the gym at 60 Woodfield Road on March 18 (10:30 am – 2:30 pm) for exhibits, discussions, free lunch and more!

Tax Time!
By-appointment Income Tax Clinic – see if you’re eligible.

2015 March Break Camp
Fun, affordable and safe March Break day camp is open to children ages 6 to 12. Call Applegrove 416-461-8143 to inquire about space available.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, March 30
Applegrove’s AGM includes a light dinner, a speaker, door prizes, reports, board nominations and more. Contact Applegrove 416-461-8143 if you want to attend.

Wanted: creative ideas for Memory Lane, Leslie-Coxwell design guidelines meeting Feb. 24, 2015

Memory Lane, the small street beside Maple Cottage and the Maple Leaf Forever tree, is on the short list for the Toronto Laneway Project. This group is undertaking two laneway transformations in 2015. The selected projects will act as models for other laneway improvement projects across the city.

What would you like to see on Memory Lane? Send your ideas to Your input will be helpful for a meeting next week, so send your ideas this week. Memory Lane runs east-west one block south of Queen, between Leslie on the west and ending on the east at the Connaught streetcar yard.

If Memory Lane is selected as one of the pilot projects, it could result in it turning into a more user friendly pedestrian/bike area.

Also don’t forget there’s an important meeting next Tuesday evening February 24 at the S.H. Armstrong Centre about the guidelines for Queen Street East from Leslie to Coxwell. The open house is from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and the meeting is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Memory Lane running along the north side of Maple Cottage. I took this photo in July 2013 after the famous tree toppled in a major storm.

February 2015 events in Ashbridge’s Neighbourhood

There are lots of reasons to get out of the house this month. Take a walk to one of these activities in the neighbourhood:

Sat. Feb. 7 – Applegrove’s Yoga-thon

Learn more about Applegrove and its programs for all ages, including March Break camp.

Lace up your skates
Until 10 p.m. daily – Greenwood Park skating trail. It’s called one of the five coolest places to skate in Toronto. Nice to see they picked up our photo (taken the day the rink opened in November 2013).

Tuesday February 24, 7 p.m. S.H. Armstrong hosts the Leslie to Coxwell Urban Design Guideline meeting

Gerrard-Ashdale Library events include an interesting film Tuesday Feb. 3 Hue: a matter of colour is about “the history and current state of colourism: the discrimination within one ethnicity based on differences in skin tone.”

East End Community Health CentreFebruary 2015 calendar

S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre – as well as many programs requiring registration , S.H. has several drop-in programs such as female swims Thursday 6:45 and Leisure Swim Saturdays 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.