Downsview Park is a dynamic urban park that combines active and passive elements, reflecting the diverse nature of the surrounding Downsview community. Visitors from all over the Greater Toronto Area are attracted to the Park’s various on-site uses, ranging from education, sports, nature, recreation and cultural events.
Downsview Park is an approximately 291-acre (118 hectares) combination green-space and mixed-use parcel located in the City of Toronto. The Park, under the stewardship of Canada Lands Company, represents a majority of the Downsview Lands site, a former Department of National Defence property.
A valuable resource for parents and teachers in Toronto, Downsview Park is actively involved in many green initiatives. Support from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation has contributed to the growth of educational programming at Downsview Park and allows Canada Lands Company to provide free field trips for students.
Canada Lands also manages its own programs and services offered in the Discovery Centre. The centre is Downsview Park’s educational centre and place to engage with students, teachers, families and individuals through the organization of various educational offerings, free community events and school programming. As with all of the Park’s educational programs, each relies on the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Park including contributions from our tenants such as Fresh City Farms and the Toronto Beekeepers Co-op. Downsview Park also engages the general public through year-round events such as cultural, athletics, community and music events. Downsview Hub, a community gathering space is free for use by community groups who need meeting space.
In addition to these community offerings, Downsview Park also offers active recreational uses; the Hangar, a 45,000-square-metre (485,000-square-foot) multi-purpose facility, continues successful sports programming with teams participating in numerous sports, including soccer and volleyball leagues.
Scotia Pond opened its doors in late 2013, a 176,000-square-foot state-of-the-art four-pad arena. The ice rinks are very active, with local residents enjoying league sports and ice time.