WHAT WE DO
Our activity focuses on the tree canopy and the ravine parks that define Lawrence Park.
Did you know that the large trees on either side of the streets were planed in the Great Depression? In the 1930s, the City engaged in a tree planting program along residential streets for beautification and employment. Many of those trees have reached or surpassed their life expectancy and replacement of a new generation of trees is a priority to maintain our tree canopy.
REVITALIZING LAWRENCE PARK
Public realm in Lawrence Park is enjoyed by everyone. Two smaller parks run between Yonge Street and St Edmunds Drive. Lawrence Park North has a children’s playground, conveniently located adjacent to the Toronto Public Library – Locke Branch. Lawrence Park South contains a Calisthenics area for adults.
Further to the south is the magnificent Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens, named after the Canadian songwriter, poet, soldier, and school headmaster who composed The Maple Leaf Forever in October 1867 to celebrate the Confederation of Canada. The park was originally located opposite Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Yonge Street below Davisville Avenue Davisville Avenue but was moved to its present location in 1951 to allow for construction of the Yonge subway line.
The park welcomes people into the Blythwood Ravine Park, which connects to Sherwood Park at Blythwood Road. Further towards Bayview Avenue is Cheltenham Park, home to neighbourhood recreational activities including team sports.
In each park, LPRA has played a part by focussing the city’s attention on residents’ needs and priorities and by encouraging city and resident care for these beautiful public spaces.
As residents of the Park and as your neighbours, the Parks and Trees Committee values your input and ideas. We encourage you to contact us with your great ideas for the ravines or to volunteer to help. We look forward to working together to make our outdoor green space even better for everyone to enjoy!