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First Toronto park named for a child | 504 Dawes Road

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Joshua Cronkwright Parkette

Joshua Cronkwright Parkette, 504 Dawes Rd., The path to enter this parkette is on Dawes Road. The parkette is located between a couple of apartment buildings. There are benches to watch the action in and around the parkette. There is no public parking close to the parkette. There is a small playground with some slides, climbing equipment and swings for children to roam and explore while being outdoors.


First Toronto park named for a child
By Brian Laxson

While a house guest of a friend it was my habit to take a daily walk. One of these saw me sunning on a bench at a nearby park. The new style of fixtures draws your attention especially the cone like rope climber, concrete ping pong table and permanent playhouse in the sandbox. Yet the true wonder was upon returning to tell my friend.

“Did you know it was named for my son?” she said, “The first park in Toronto named for a child.”

This then is their story.


Her son, Joshua, was 7  years old suffering from severe cancer. The doctor’s required that should he have friends over they all would have to wear gloves and masks. As loving as his mother young Joshua didn’t want to see his friends go through that.

Instead they would meet at the nearby park. At that time it was called “Treasure Island” and included a concrete boat for oceanic imaginations. It was also here that his mother and family had taken up the city’s “adopt a park” program. They were the volunteers who would clean the park including removing broken glass before it found its way into the knees and hands of children. So here was the sick child in a mask, wearing his own gloves and mask, at play in his family’s tended park.

As happens maintenance needs grew with the “Treasure Island” up for a refit. The old was taken down and new began being put it. When as happens the sick child passed away.

During a park meeting, surely full of sadness at the loss of one of their happy voices, one of the other parents pointed out that the sign had not yet been put back up. It was she who nominated changing the park’s name.

My friend, mother of Joshua, would have to gather letters of recommendation which was quickly done. These were presented to city hall. She states not one person city hall turned it down. It was thus quickly passed that this was the Toronto’s first park named for a child:


city site / Joshua Cronkwright Parkette

If you wish to see the park for its history or new play sets you will find it at 504 Dawes Road (Google Map)This is just a little south then west from St Clair and Victoria Park.

Buying from a local business | buys local strength


30 Weston Rd. Stockyards Mall from 2009 | devloping firms designers statement

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from the GreenbergFarrow website

With over 30 years of experience and eight offices nationwide, GreenbergFarrow is a fully integrated architecture, planning, engineering and development services firm offering a comprehensive range of services to the retail and development communities. Having worked in nearly every state in thousands of cities nationwide, and having been involved in every aspect of the highly specialized practice of development services, GreenbergFarrow has gained an invaluable and unrivalled degree of knowledge and expertise.

Priestly Demolition continues to ren=move the external equipment from  the 30 Weston Rd.  Bunge plant.

Junction Summer Sidewalk Sale | Friday-Sunday, August 23-25

Junction Summer Sidewalk Sale | Friday-Sunday, August 23-25

enjoy our amazing selection of patios, services and artisanal goods.

We are hosting an end-of-summer Sidewalk Sale to celebrate the season. Whether you’re back to school shopping, or just looking for a preview of Autumn’s fashions and interior decor … we’ve got it all!

Here’s a sneak peek at some of our deals:

  • Sweet Trolley Bakery: $3 Cinnamon Buns and raffle for store credit
  • Junction Fromagerie: brand new housemade soup and preserves
  • Delight Chocolate: housemade chocolates and caramel sauce

Look for these buskers at the train platform – east of Pacific on Dundas W:

  • Big Art – Caricature artist, Patrick James
  • Dina – Facepainting
  • Balloon Greg & Friends – Balloon artistry

The Junction BIA · 396 Pacific Ave, Suite 205 · Toronto, Ontario M6P 2R1 


Wonderfull windows in East York building | round bottom opening 1 meter





1993 St Lawrence Market opinion doc to city. | Hand-written St Lawrence Market association document

…while almost all submissions to the city concerning important changes to the way a city owned and managed building is renovated and run are typed in 93 the retailer association of the St Lawrence Market delivered their opinion to the city in a hand written document 4 pages in length.  

St. Lawrence Market: Not open on Sunday or Monday.


Upcoming Market Event. St. Lawrence Market South

Saturday Market Tour and Lunch on the market’s balcony
Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
93 Front Street East, Toronto, ON
All vendors accept cash, many accept Interac or major credit cards.

The St. Lawrence Market South building is a major public market building in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located on the southwest corner of Front and Lower Jarvis Streets. Along with the St. Lawrence Market North and St. Lawrence Hall, it comprises the St. Lawrence Market complex. Wikipedia


Are pets allowed at the St. Lawrence Market? Due to Toronto Public Health regulations, pets are not permitted inside the North or South Marketbuildings.

Sun, Aug 18 Thunderstorms day and evening

Sun, Aug 18


  • Humidity: 82%
  • Wind: SE 14 km/h
  • UV Index: 7 of 10
  • Sunrise: 06:24
  • Sunset: 20:16
  • Thunderstorms likely in the morning. Then the chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Storms may contain strong gusty winds. High 26C. Winds SE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 80%.

Sun Night

Thunderstorms Early

— /21°
  • Humidity: 80%
  • Wind: SSW 15 km/h
  • UV Index: 0 of 10
  • Moonrise: 22:05
  • Moonset: 09:12
  • Moon phase: Waning Gibbous
  • Scattered thunderstorms in the evening. Cloudy skies overnight. Low 21C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 60%.

30 Weston Rd. materials removal — from 2009 demo of animal oil plant for the stockyards mall.


Priestly Demolition continues to ren=move the external equipment from  the 30 Weston Rd.  Bunge plant.

Dominion corrugated block house view from underpass of the Old Weston Rd bridge.

image copyright Robert Teteruck

Digital Image Number: I0021487.JPG  Link to source 
Title: View from the Junction area of Toronto, with Junction railway station in background
Date: November 1982
Creator: Robert Teteruck
Format: Black and white print
Reference Code: F 4445-3
Item Reference Code: F 4445-3-0-0-2
Subject: Railroad tracks
Forms Part of:  Click here for information about the group of archival records of which this item forms a part.

off high street retail Bloor West Village | 2011