Lawrence Park is the upscale midtown neighbourhood, bordered by Yonge and Lawrence, east to Bayview and south to Blythwood Road. The exclusive, residential community boasts a generous amount of green space for dog walkers, park-goers and runners, and it’s just a short trip to downtown by car, bike or subway.
Lawrence Park is one of the only neighbourhoods with a private golf club nearby and a high school filled with celebrity alumni like musician Neil Young (check out his Lawrence Park Collegiate yearbook photo). According to a geographical map study, the neighbourhood could even be the centre of Toronto’s universe. How’s that for a selling feature!
1. Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens
Lawrence Park feels like a suburb with large backyards, lawns and outdoor spaces like the Alexander Muir flower garden. The old gates lead to the exclusive Gardens, and is a gateway to the urban wilderness of the Blythwood Ravine. Check out the ravine for discovery walks, hidden parks, hiking trails and much more.
2. Tennis in the Ravine
Playing tennis is always great fun and exercise, and it doesn’t hurt if your court overlooks a scenic ravine. Located next to the Gardens, the Lawrence Park Tennis Club offers more than just private clinics and lessons, there’s also summer camps, Sunday tea, monthly dinners and nearby croquet and lawn bowling.
3. Jane’s Walk
A series of Jane Jacob’s neighbourhood walks kicked off at the beginning of May with a historical garden tour of Lawrence Park. The 1 hour and 30 minute walk, beginning at Yonge and Lawrence, explored the streets, the landscape and the redevelopment of the area. There were 200 walks around the city, and don’t worry if you missed it——Jane’s Walk is an annual free event.
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Photo via Wikipedia, GTD Aquitaine