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Vogue Magazine calls Queen West the second coolest neighbourhood in the world in their Global Street Style Report! "the magazine notes that Queen West is enjoying newfound popularity among international tastemakers, and dotes on the area’s “indie patisseries, homegrown labels and hidden-from-view galleries,” with special mention given to The Drake Hotel, Bicyclette Boutique and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art"
PARKDALE's history began in the late 1800's when it was an elite residential suburb that rivaled Rosedale as Toronto's most desirable address. Parkdale's popularity led to its amalgamation with the City of Toronto in 1889.
Parkdale became Toronto's 'playground by the lake' in 1922, when the Sunnyside Amusement Park and Bathing Pavilion opened for business on Parkdale's beaches. Sunnyside Beach was the place to be and be seen for a generation of Torontonians.
In 1956, Sunnyside was shut down by the city in order to make room for the Gardiner Expressway and a revamped Lake Shore Boulevard. Unfortunately, these new expressways cut Parkdale off from the lake and its glorious past. Parkdale still has some 'big city' social problems to contend with. However these concerns are being addressed as the neighbourhood revitalization has been well under way for decades, helping the area to recover its poise. A local residents group known as the Parkdale Community Watch, dedicated to the safety and well-being of the neighbourhood, recently received an award as the best neighbourhood watch group from the International Society of Crime Prevention.
The Parkdale neighbourhood possesses many positive attributes. It has some of Toronto's most vibrant shopping districts, wonderful tree lined streets, affordable Victorian homes, and impressive mansions that remind onlookers that Parkdale was once Toronto's wealthiest district. Parkdale is also within walking distance of Toronto's waterfront parks and other greenspaces, including:
South Parkdale's grandiose mansions were built between 1875 and 1895, and those in the north end above Queen Street were mainly built between 1900 and 1910. Some of the bay-and-gables mansions and homes that had been converted into rooming houses are now being immaculately restored to single family use and mix elements of Queen Anne and Richardson Romanesque styles.
The main commercial shopping area in Parkdale has historically been on Queen Street. This vibrant, creative shopping district seems to be in a state of perpetual activity; it includes an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, many cafes, chic bars, boutiques and galleries. The liveliest stretch of Queen West, including the Gladstone Hotel, has some of the best architecture west of the Annex.
Parkdale has yet to become Condo-central, but other signs of gentrification — be it the indie cafes, trendy restaurants, art galleries (there's even a moratorium on new bars and restaurants!) — continue to pile up. One need only travel by Queen and Dufferin to see that the condo push is moving westward.
Four community centres serve the residents of this neighbourhood:
Holy Family Community Centre at 141 Close Avenue
Masryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre at 220 Cowan Avenue
McCormick Recreation Centre at 66 Sheridan Avenue
Parkdale Community Recreation Centre at 75 Lansdowne Avenue
The Parkdale Public Library at 1303 Queen Street West and the High Park Public Library at 228 Roncesvalles both provide programming for Parkdale residents.
Parkdale is also home to well regarded public schools such as:
- Parkdale Jr. & Sr. School
- Fern Ave. Public School
- Shirley St. Jr. School
- Garden Ave. Jr. School
- Alexander Muir & Gladstone Ave. Public School
- Central Commerce Collegiate Institute
- Queen Victoria School
Streetcar service on Queen Street, King Street, Dundas Street, Roncesvalles Avenue, and Macdonell Avenue, connect passengers to the downtown core and business district, or to subway stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Motorists are just minutes from downtown. There is direct access to both the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard, at the south end of Parkdale.