West Rouge is known for its abundant greenspace and family-friendly landscape. Bring the kids, the pets, and the whole family to enjoy the outdoors, meet up with friends, soak up the sun, and commune with other residents in parks across the neighbourhood. Here are our 7 must-visit parks in West Rouge:
1. Adams Park
2 Rozell Road
Access through Lawson Road or Port Union Road.
Located just northwest of the intersection of Port Union and Lawson, Adams Park stretches over nearly sixteen hectares of green space in West Rouge. For the athletes and their fans, this park features two lit baseball diamonds and a multi-purpose sport field. It is also home to a children’s playground and splash pad, as well as a large picnic area with shelter. In the winter, the large hill makes this park a favourite for tobogganers.
2. Bill Hancox Park
5421 Lawrence Avenue
Right off Lawrence, just west of Port Union and the Rouge Hill GO Transit station, you will find the sprawling green field of Bill Hancox Park. It is best known for its soccer fields (one adult-sized and two for juniors) where you can almost always see a game being played in the evening when the season is right. The park also features several walking paths and a children’s playground.
3. Centennial Park
Right next to the sports field at Centennial Road Jr. Public School is Centennial Park, a quiet grassy area spotted with trees, which shares claim to the children’s playground at its neighbouring school.
4. Charlottetown Park
65 Charlottetown Boulevard
Adjacent to Charlottetown Jr. Public School is Charlottetown Park, a large grassy space featuring a baseball diamond, a multi-purpose sport field, and a children’s playground. In addition, the park is home to three lit outdoor tennis courts where its west-most border meets Charlottetown Blvd. At the south end of the park is the Port Union Library and Community Recreation Centre whose property offers a highly popular skate park, as well as an outdoor sports pad with a few well-loved basketball nets.
5. Colonel Danforth Park
73 Colonel Danforth Trail
Access via north end of Colonel Danforth Trail.
This stretch of green space is another gem of a ravine in Toronto featuring the Highland Creek Trail. Wildlife, interesting plants, and Highland Creek make this a wonderful park for walking in the city’s east end. There is plenty of room to explore: if you follow the park trail to the northwest you will connect to the spacious grounds of Morningside Park; travel southeast instead, and you will reach Lake Ontario.
6. Fanfare Park
40 Fanfare Avenue
7. Port Union Village Common Park
105 Bridgend Street
8. Rouge Beach Park
Access at intersection of Lawrence Avenue East and Rouge Hills Drive.
9. Rouge National Urban Park
195 Rouge Hills Drive
10. Wanita Park
A popular locale for house league soccer teams, Wanita Park is a small shady park on the north east corner of the intersection of Meadowvale and Lawrence. The park features two junior soccer fields as well as a children’s playground, tucked in at the back of the park away from traffic.
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There’s no shortage of outdoor fun to be had throughout West Rouge and neighbouring areas. Whether you’re a resident or you’ve come to visit, immersing yourself in the natural surroundings of the community is a must—starting with these 10 parks.
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