Kempton Howard Park
|Kempton Howard Park|
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Operated by||Toronto Parks|
|Website||Kempton Howard Park|
Kempton Howard Park is located in the Blake-Jones area of Riverdale, Toronto, Ontario, Canada . It is located on the southwest corner of Strathcona Avenue and Blake Street, directly adjacent to the Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre, home of the Eastview Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.
This park is listed under the Classification C type, given its smaller size in comparison with other nearby park spaces. It has a variety of outdoor amenities for nearby residents to enjoy, including a baseball diamond, an outdoor wading pool and a playground. The park's primary use is for baseball games given the wired field screen as a part of the baseball diamond, open year-round for the public.
The park's original name was Eastview Park, however, after a tragic slaying of a local youth worker in December 2003, the park was renamed in his honour. The official renaming of the park took place on May 11, 2007, with a local councillor, as well as several community and family members of the slain worker in attendance. This park has since been adopted as a playground not only for the youth in the Boys & Girls Club, but for the kids and youth of the Blake/Boultbee community as well. It is known that Kempton Howard (whom the park was named after) was an active staff member of the Boys & Girls Club before his passing.