About Dufferin Grove
Dufferin Grove is a niche community anchored by a beautiful 14-acre park that binds the local community in a way that rarely exists elsewhere in the city. Despite its large diversity in culture, class and wealth, Dufferin Grove represents an urban neighbourhood in perhaps its most desirable form.
The Denison family first settled the area in the late 1700s. The family was active in early political and military activity in Toronto, and their wealth was evidenced in their many villas, with such familiar names as Dover Court and Rush Holme. Towards the mid-1800s Toronto’s sprawl began to encroach on their land, and while farming brought increased wealth shortly after the land was cleared, it soon became obvious that the land’s true value lay in real estate development.
The Dufferin Grove neighbourhood is both family and community-oriented, and with the convenient amenities that come from being downtown. Locally there is a major shopping centre, YMCA and schools, as well as great retail and restaurant offerings along Bloor, College and Dundas. And then there’s Dufferin Grove Park: considered the community centre without walls, most locals lovingly refer to the park as “their big back yard.”
This park is truly a model for what a community park should be. Year-round programming and staff. Ice rinks. Basketball courts. A Playground. There’s a resident theatre company that creates children-focused theatre in the summer months. The park is set up for wireless Internet usage. It hosts a hugely popular market. And finally, it has a brick pizza oven. A PIZZA OVEN! This kind of communal green space is invaluable to creating a sense of community, and it’s no wonder that Dufferin Grove is home to such a tight-knit group of neighbours, who regularly socialize in this neighbourhood’s playground.
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