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Flemingdon Park

Flemingdon Park is a multicultural community in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, located in the city's North York district. It is part of the Don Valley West federal and provincial electoral districts, and Ward 26: Don Valley West (South) municipally. In 2011, its population was 22,205.[1] The average income was $35,192.[2]

Flemingdon Park
Neighbourhood
High-rises in Flemindon Park
High-rises in Flemindon Park
Flemingdon Park map.PNG
Coordinates: 43°43′10″N 79°20′20″W / 43.71944°N 79.33889°W / 43.71944; -79.33889
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CityToronto Toronto
CommunityNorth York
Changed Municipality1922 North York from York
1998 Toronto from North York
Government
 • MPYasmin Ratansi (Don Valley East)
 • MPPKathleen Wynne (Don Valley West)
 • CouncillorJon Burnside (Ward 26 Don Valley West)

It is bordered on the north by Eglinton Avenue East, on the west by the Don River (west branch), and on the east and south by the Don River (east branch). The two branches of the river join at the neighbourhood’s southwest corner. The south border is a parkland access road that used to be known as Old Lawrence Avenue. Flemingdon Park is separated from neighbouring communities by river valleys on three sides, and a light industrial area, now mostly used as corporate offices, next to several railway lines on the north side.

The community is named after its original owner, Robert John Fleming, the Mayor of Toronto in 1892–1893 and 1896–1897, and the nearby Don River.

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HistoryEdit

 
The Donlands farm, in present-day Flemingdon Park, 1925. The property was owned by former Mayor of Toronto, Robert John Fleming.

Flemingdon Park was built on farmland owned by Robert John Fleming. After his death in 1925, it was sold to become public land.

In 1958, following the trends of many other post-World War II cities, Toronto began to consider a large planned "apartment city" community for the 1950s population boom and influx of immigrants. Although there was immediate skepticism about the density of the development, the community was nevertheless built.[3] Occupancy of the new apartments began in 1961,[4] and the community was completed in the early 1970s. The community's developer was Olympia and York.

On September 26, 1969, the Ontario Science Centre opened to the public. It is a major tourist attraction in Toronto. Several commercial high rise buildings were developed in the late 20th century in Flemingdon Park including Foresters Tower, a 23-story high-rise, two 14-storey high-rises ICICI Bank Tower & De Beers Tower.

 
In 1969, the Ontario Science Centre was opened in Flemingdon Park.

Three luxury high rise towers are also located next to the golf course called "The Palisades" by Tridel built in 1990.[5]

Like many communities with a significant public housing component, Flemingdon Park gained a reputation as a working class community. In 2000, its reputation improved with the addition of a new section of upper middle income single and semi-detached housing, and a luxury condominium apartment called "Tribeca", converted from an office building that was originally part of the Foresters complex, along the community’s north side.[6]

An upper middle income housing is found along the community’s east border, in a narrow strip between the Don Valley Parkway and the Don River (east), overlooking the Don Valley. The town homes are called "Windy Golfway Executive Townhomes".[7] located next to Flemingdon Park Golf Club.[8]

In July 2006, 17-year-old Omar Wellington was beaten and murdered by a couple of young men.[9]

The Line 5 Eglinton, a light rapid transit line, is expected to open in 2021 with three stops in Flemingdon Park. It will connect the neighbourhood to the Line 1 Yonge–University subway and to Scarborough Town Centre. With the developments to the area, plans are being made for a 24-hectare site at Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue to house thousands of people in eight luxury condo towers, and open new offices and shops.[10] Sonic is a new luxury condo development by Lindvest. It consists of two high-rise buildings of 28 and 30 storeys in height and also includes four-storey townhomes.

DemographicsEdit

Traditionally, the neighbourhood served as affordable housing for new immigrants to Canada. Today, the neighbourhood's population is mainly immigrants, who accounting for approximately two-thirds of residents (Canada 2011 Census). Though quite diverse in composition, the majority of immigrants originate from South Asian and South East Asian countries including India, Afghanistan, and the Philippines (Census 2006, Census 2011). Statistics Canada 2011 census has reported that the population of Flemingdon Park consists of residents born in various places around the world, including Germans, Romanians, Kenyans and Sri Lankans.[11]

CrimeEdit

Crime has been decreasing in the area due to a big increase in middle-class families moving into the area.[12]

EducationEdit

 
Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute is a secondary school situated in Flemingdon Park.

Two public school boards operate schools in Flemingdon Park, the separate Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), and the secular Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

Both TCDSB, and TDSB operate public primary education institutions in the neighbourhood. TCDSB operates two elementary schools, St. Augustine Secondary School, and St. John XXIII Catholic School; whereas TDSB operates three primary institutions, Gateway Public School, Grenoble Public School, and Valley Park Middle School. Gateway and Grenoble Public School provide schooling for students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6, whereas Valley Park offers schooling for students in Grade 7 and 8. Valley Park is the largest middle school in Canada, with other 1,200 students, and features a multi-sports field, completed in June 2015.

TDSB operates one secondary school in the neighbourhood, Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute. Named after Marc Garneau, the school was originally named "Overlea High School". The high school offers a "Talented Offerings for Programs in the Sciences" or TOPS program for students in the school that meet its standards. The school has more than 1500 students in Grades 9-12. It has three floors, a greenhouse and about 12 portable classrooms.

TCDSB does not operate a secondary school in the neighbourhood, with TCDSB secondary school students residing in Flemingdon Park attending institutions in adjacent neighbourhoods. The French first language public secular school board, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and it separate counterpart, Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir also offer schooling to applicable residents of Flemingdon Park, although they do not operate a school in the neighbourhood. CSCM and CSV students attend schools situated in other neighbourhoods in Toronto.

RecreationEdit

 
The Flemingdon Park branch of the Toronto Public Library is situated in the neighbourhood.

Flemingdon Park is home to a number of municipal parks including the Gateway Greenbelt, E.T. Seton Park, Flemingdon Park, and Linewood Lane Park. Many of these parks is situated either beneath hydro-electric power lines, or the ravine valley of the Don River, a waterway that splits into two parts south of the neighbourhood. The ravine system itself forms a part of the larger Toronto ravine system. A shared use path is situtated along the west Don Valley runs all the way to Downtown Toronto.[citation needed] In addition to municipal parks, a city executive 9-hole course "Flemingdon Park Golf Club" was established next to the ravine system in the early 1960s.

The neighbourhood is also home to one community centre, the Dennis R. Timbrell Resource Centre. Community centres and municipal parks in Flemingdon Park are maintained by the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division. Other public amenities located in the neighbourhood include the Flemingdon Park branch of the Toronto Public Library.

The neighbourhood is also home to several shopping centres. Flemingdon Park Shopping Centre is an outdoor outlet mini mall, features Shoppers Drug Mart, McDonald's, and a number of other retailers. In 2011, Dongate Plaza was built, and includes a Tim Hortons, Subway, and several other retailers.

TransportationEdit

 
Don Mills Road is a major thoroughfare that runs north-south in Flemingdon Park.

Several major roadways pass through Flemingdon Park, including the Don Valley Parkway, a major north-south controlled access highway, and Eglinton Avenue, a major east-west thoroughfare that also marks the neighbourhood's northern boundary. Don Mills Road is another major north-south thoroughfare, that splits the neighbourhood into two halves, with the more developed portion of the neighbourhood to the east, and the ravine system to the west of the roadway.

Public transportation in the neighbourhood is provided by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). The TTC operates several bus routes in the neighbourhood. In addition, the TTC plans to open Line 5 Eglinton, a light rail line to be operated as a part of the Toronto subway system. Line 5 is expected to open in 2021, with three stops planned, Aga Khan Park & Museum stop, Science Centre station, and Wynford stop. All stops and stations are situated along the northern boundary of the neighbourhood, along Eglinton Avenue.

In popular cultureEdit

"Flemingdon Park" was a recurring parody soap opera sketch on Nightcap, CBC Television's late-night satirical sketch shop in the 1960s, which described the neighbourhood as "A cesspool of desire in the heart of suburbia". In 1967, the sketch was spun-off as a six-part series on CBC Television.

Notable residentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Social Profile #1 Age & Gender". 2011 City of Toronto Neighbourhood Profiles Flemington Park (44). Toronto: City of Toronto. p. 2. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-10-26. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  2. ^ "Statistics Canada". Statistics Canada 2011. This information is only for part of this neighbourhood, since for census purpose areas are subdivided into census tracts. The number of the census tract is 5350260.03. Retrieved Apr 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Toronto Neighbourhoods, Flemingdon Park
  4. ^ NFB documentary, Flemingdon Park: The Global Village, 2002
  5. ^ http://condos.ca/toronto/the-palisades-i-215-wynford-dr. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ http://condos.ca/toronto/tribeca-797-don-mills-rd. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ http://windygolfway.webpaper.co/. Missing or empty |title= (help); External link in |website= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)
  8. ^ "Flemingdon Park Golf Club". flemingdonparkgolfclub.com/.
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  10. ^ http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/08/06/celestica-faces-resistance-over-plan-to-build-condos-shops-at-its-don-mills-head-office-property/
  11. ^ Statistics Canada, 2011 Census, Data for Census Tract 5350260.03
  12. ^ torontopolice.on.ca http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/statistics/crime_indicators.php. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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