Moss Park, Trefann and Corktown - Toronto Neighbourhoods
These neighbourhoods run alongside Queen St East. Moss Park has a large public park which is home to the Moss Park Armoury, and has one of Toronto's largest public housing projects, and the Salvation Army Hostel. The area was once the estate of wealthy William Allan, whose son went on to become Toronto mayor and subdivided the land for Victorian homes, though these were all demolished for the public housing development in the early 1960s. Trefann Court, between Shuter and Queen Street East, has a location convenient to Toronto's waterfront, and has a mix of both public and private housing following selective demolition in the 1960s. Corktown, on the south side of Queen Street East, was settled in the 1840s by many Irish immigrants from County Cork, many of whom worked at nearby breweries and distilleries. Today, it has a mix of residential, condo lofts, professional offices, and light industrial uses.
The area is served by 3 elementary schools, 2 Catholic elementary school, and 2 high schools. George Brown College, The Ontario College of Art & Design, University of Toronto and Ryerson University are nearby in downtown Toronto.
There is local shopping on Sherbourne, Parliament, and Queen Street East , and reidents are in walking distance from the St. Lawrence Market, which sells a great selection of fresh meats, seafood, cheeses, fruits & vegetables.
Community residents are close to paved recreational pathways along the Don River, which links to the pathways along the Beltline Pathway, the West Don River, Taylor Creek and the Martin Goodman Trail along Toronto's waterfront. Moss Park has and arena and the John Innes Community Centre with an indoor swimming pool, a gym, a track, a weight room, a cardio training room, a games room, a woodworking shop and a craft room. Regent Park has a recreation centre on Gerrard Street, with a gym and an outdoor pool, and the community has two outdoor skating rinks and 3 baseball diamonds.
For the culturally inclined the community is close the St Lawrence Centre to the west, the Harbourfront venues to the southwest, and the Distillery District's several performing arts & nightlife venues o the southeast.
Corktown has workers' cottages and Victorian row houses that date back to the 1850's and 1860's. Trefann Court has a number of Victorian houses from the late 1800's, with several newer 2- and 3-storey townhouses. Moss Park has a number of high-rise apartment buildings, several news townhouses, and a good variety of turn-of-the-last-century Victorian houses. House prices are in the low to low-medium ranges.
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