Bounded by Greenwood Avenue to the east, the railway to the south, Pape Avenue to the west and Danforth Avenue to the north, the community of Blake-Jones is just that. This is one neighbourhood where you feel like you’re a part of something. Located within Blake-Jones is a charming community called The Pocket, which got its name as it’s only accessible by Jones Avenue.
Phin Avenue Parkette is one of this community’s most charming parks. Here’s you’ll find one of the most active community groups in the city. The Pocket Community Association holds events in Phin Park including fireworks festivities in May and visits from Santa in December. They are involved in community improvement projects, park clean up, Art and Theatre in the Park, all free and creative fun.
This neighbourhood is also home to Kempson Howard Park, This small park near Jones and Danforth Avenue features a ball diamond, wading pool and a children’s playground. Formerly known as “Eastview Park”, this park was renamed in 2007 to honour the memory of Kempton Howard, a local resident and youth worker who was tragically killed. This park is set to get a big facelift, with upgrades set to be completed by fall 2020.
The section of the Danforth that forms Blake-Jones’ northern border is east of the heart of Greektown. Here you’ll find some great watering holes like Bar Hop Session, known for having a tap list that will appeal to die-hard craft beer lovers. You can also pull up a barstool at “The Only”, a long-time favourite local spot that was highlighted in a song by Toronto band “The Lowest of the Low” many moons ago. This stretch also offers great BBQ at Greenwood Smoke, the perfect hangover cure at Squareboy Burgers, and delicious donuts at Von Donuts (insider tip: do early – they are usually sold out by early afternoon).
Family-friendly Left Field Brewery is just outside the borders, south of the tracks near Greenwood and is worth the trip. And the Pape Library also has great programming for everyone in the family, located just south of Danforth.