Or Rusty’s Reach (apparently – but I’ve never heard anyone call it this)
1949 Danforth Ave
Near Danforth Ave and East Lynn Ave
How to Get Here:
I get here by car and find plentiful free parking on the streets around the park.
By Subway: It’s a short walk from the Woodbine station
By Bus: #300A & #300B both stop right in front of the park
Why We Like it:
So many reasons!
I first discovered the playground because I would come here with George on their farmer’s market day (Thursday) in the summer. The farmer’s market was great and we would grab dinner, watch the music or the balloon busker and play at the playground. I must say that the market is no longer as good as it was (why can’t it be more like Leslieville Farmer’s Market and allow local restaurants to have booths that sell meals) although there is one stall with killer pie.
I digress. The playground itself is fantastic. It just got a refurbishment so it is brand new.
There are TWO play structures: one for older kids and one for toddlers.
My kids love the huge sand pit full of random toys.
Not to mention the old-school wobbly-wobbly animal rider-things (what are they called? You know what I’m talking about right?).
There are three baby swings, four big kid swings, and one accessible swing.
There is also a wading pool in the summer.
During the month of July, there is music every Wednesday. This is a fabulous event. Tons of food vendors (and wine and beer vendors!), great local musicians, and basically the whole neighbourhood out playing in the summer sun. I love love love it. You can find the listings of musician here at The Danny Loves Music Series
WHERE TO GET COFFEE?
1928 Danforth Ave
Ever since moving from Vancouver, I have been on the search for authentic, delicious Italian coffee similar to Commercial Drive’s Joe’s Cafe and this is it!
I happened upon Seb’s one fall afternoon and noticed a group of old, Italian men loudly chatting and smoking. I knew right away the coffee would be good!
Seb waved me in and told me not to be afraid of the men outside and I quipped that it was a sign of great cappuccino.
It’s cash only and I didn’t have any but Seb gave me my cappuccino on the house because he wanted me to try how delicious it was.
Simple, not fancy but INSANELY fantastic Italian coffee.
1904 Danforth Ave
Oh my gosh this place is delicious for lunch! Just a short walk from the playground, you can easily grab something to nibble on while your kids play. And if your kids like curry like mine do – the hooray!
East of York is West and East Indian fare by a mother/son duo. Seriously the flavours are incredible and so unique (butter chicken schnitzel!).
DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD ONLY
2036 Danforth Ave
An amazing bakery serving quiche, personal-size pizza and lots of other sweet pastry treats like croissants. You can grab fresh bread for later – her baguettes are incredible.
Coffee is here too!
CREDIT, DEBIT AND CASH
1989 Danforth Ave
This is a Korean café that serves up gelato and kimchi. With delicious baked goods in-between.
DEBIT AND CASH
There are actually even more coffee shops west of this park – the list truly could go on!
My favourite times to go are in the summer during the farmer’s market or on a crisp fall day.
I hope you enjoy this playground as much as we do and as always, happy playing!