These communities hug the east bank of the Don River south of Danforth, between Pape and Broadview . The area is popular with young affluent professionals, who like the area's proximity to downtown. When the Grand Trunk Railway arrived in the 1850s, industry and jobs came to then-Riverside, and workers built homes south of the railway tracks, When Riverside was annexed by Toronto in 1884, the area north of the railway tracks was developed. The community adopted the name of Riverdale Park, and grew quickly after the completion of the 1918 Prince Edward Viaduct (though the submerged rail deck was not used until the Subway extended this way in 1966.
Riverdale has excellent access to Bloor and Lake Shore Boulevard, connecting to the Don Valley Expressway, and the Gardiner Expressway into downtown. The community has access to the Bloor-Danforth subway with stations at Broadview, Chester, Pape, Donlands, and Greenwod. There is east-west streetcar and bus access into downtown along Eastern, Queen, Dundas and Gerrard. North-south routes along Broadview and Carlaw/Pape connect to the subway.
The area is served by 10 elementary schools, 3 Catholic elementary schools, 3 high schools, and 2 libraries. Centennial College's Warden Woods Campus is nearby, and University of Toronto is accessed via the Bloor-Danforth subway, York University's Glendon Campus is north on Bayview Ave, snd Ryerson University is nearby in downtown Toronto.
Riverdale has shopping in the north along Danforth Avenue, which is also known as Toronto's Greek Town. Gerrard & Broadview is Toronto's East Chinatown district, and further south is the Queen-Broadview shopping district, best known for its antique and collectible stores. The community also has the 70 store Gerrard Square (Pape Avenue & Gerrard Street) mall.
The recreational heart of the community is Riverdale Park, with an outdoor pool, outdoor skating rink, a running track. Riverdale is dotted with other small parks with playgrounds. This park has access to the Don River recreational pathways which extend north to Edwards Gardens or south to the Martin Goodman Waterfront trail between the Beaches and the Humber River. In aggregate the community has 2 outdoor pools, 1 outdoor ice rink, 2 running tracks, and 10 baseball diamonds. The community has a movie theatre on Gerrard, and is close to the Danforth and the Distillery District for entertainment and nightlife.
Riverdale's home south of the railway tracks are smaller, than the 2-storey and 3-storey Victorian homes north of the tracks dating to between 1880 and 1924. Homes in Riverdale range from inexpensive to medium price ranges. More East Chinatown Photos