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Corktown Common (Toronto)

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Reopened, and now connected to Cherry Street!

The first time I visited Corktown Common, I was blown away! What a great addition to the city. It is located near the Don River, south of King Street east, at the foot of Lower River Street (where the Pan Am Games hostwd the athletes during the 2015 Games).

This family activity has it all (playground, splash pad, meadow, pond with frogs, gazebo with washrooms) and still is a best kept secret (but not for long). Read my post "Corktown Common: A really cool new splash pad!" for a photo gallery. For a start, walk southbound on River Street (called Lower River where it goes south of King Street). It won't take long before you see the modern playground to your right and the Underpass Park, to your left. Such an urban sight, set as it is amidst the parkways. Keep walking southbound and you'll see the entrance of the park, marked by a lowland wet meadow (where you can hear the frogs!). Follow the path to your right and you'll see the roof of the gazebo. You can stroll left and right around the upland meadow before reaching the other section of the park with a large gazebo.

They've installed two large washrooms on the premises and two water fountains. The gazebo provides shade. Expect water sprays spurting daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. On the other side of the gazebo is an interesting playground with two slides and soft flooring. It includes a sand patch complete with a faucet, for the small engineers. There are different swings on separate levels. (There are lots of nooks and crannies in this park.)   And to add to the appeal, the Pan Am "village" now features the "Blue Family" with adjacent spray pad, sure to bcome the meeting point for many!

Beautiful splash pad just west of the gazebo
Lovely for younger kids
Just east of the gazebo
Closer to Kings Street

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  • Wednesday, 07 August 2013 posted by Nathalie Prezeau

    @ tm If you click on the "Map it" link under the large photo, you'll see the location. (Find King Street just west of Don Valley parkway, look for Lower River Street and walk south towards the lake).
    Please click on the blog link in the Corktown Common description to access my blog with more details on parking. Enjoy!

  • Wednesday, 07 August 2013 posted by Nathalie Prezeau

    @ Sharon Thanks for the update regarding the metal slides. I've not tried them for ages, they make me nauseous, even the little ones! ;~) So I suggest kids sit on their beach towel before they slide.

  • Friday, 02 August 2013 posted by tm

    I read on the corktown common website that "The park is not accessible by car and parking is not available". How can I get there and where would I park? Thanks for any info!

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