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Langford Parkette

Updated: May 14, 2021

Surfaces: rubber, sand.

When the Bloor-Danforth subway line was built in the 1960s, they decided to minimize the disturbance to traffic by digging the tunnel parallel to the Danforth, just a half-block north. The result is that there is now a line of parking lots and mini-parks running between Broadview and Donlands stations, which is very handy if you’re looking for a cute little playground, or if you need a place to park when visiting a Greek restaurant.

Re-vamped in 2018, the Langford Parkette is one of these, as evidenced by the intermittent rumbling of subways that you will hear when you visit.

Langford is a solid playground for its size: there’s some interesting climbing equipment, a play structure with a built-in race track for toy cars (byo Hot Wheels), and in case you want to slather your child with mud, the sandbox has a water feature. There’s also exercise equipment for adults by a company called TrekFit, whose stuff has been showing up in a few Toronto parks recently.

There hasn’t been quite enough time for the stock of shared toys to get up to a good level, but photos of the playground pre-renovation seem to indicate that it’s only a matter of time before the neighbourhood does its thing.

This is a good spot if you’ve got time to kill on your way to/from a Danforth restaurant, and a good example of the city making good use of its unusual spaces.

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Anne L Howatt
Anne L Howatt
Jun 19, 2021

The 2018 garden plantings were a disaster that failed by the first spring and have never been corrected. The dead tree has never been replaced and the maintenance is abysmal. Does anyone notice?

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