Flemingdon Park

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Flemingdon Park
Neighbourhood
Don Mills Road south of Eglinton Avenue
Don Mills Road south of Eglinton Avenue
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
City Toronto Toronto
Community North York
Changed Municipality 1922 North York from York
1998 Toronto from North York
Government
 • MP John Carmichael (politician) (Don Valley West)
 • MPP Kathleen Wynne (Don Valley West)
 • Councillor John Parker (Ward 26 Don Valley West)

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]

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 formerly known as Old Lawrence Avenue. Flemingdon Park is somewhat 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 derives its name from its original owner, Robert John Fleming, the mayor of Toronto in 1892–1893 and 1896–1897, and the nearby Don River.

History[edit]

Flemingdon Park was originally 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 influx of immigrants. Although there was immediate scepticism about the density of the development, the community was nevertheless built.[2] Occupancy of the new apartments began in 1961,[3] 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.

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

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".[4] located next to Flemingdon Park Golf Club.[5]

Three luxury high rise towers are also located next to the golf course called "The Palisades" by Tridel built in 1990.[6]

New development and construction[edit]

The Eglinton Crosstown line, a light rapid transit line, is expected to open in 2020 with three stops in Flemingdon Park. It will connect the neighbourhood to the Yonge subway line and to Scarborough Town Centre.

With the recent 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.[7]

Schools[edit]

Grenoble Public School[edit]

Grenoble Public School is an elementary school for children from Kindergarten to grade 5. When it opened, it served students up to grade 6. It has portable classrooms that had been used at Valley Park Middle School. It is located next to the Flemingdon Park Pentecostal Church to the west, Flemingdon Playground to the east and Dennis R. Timbrell Recreation Centre/Flemingdon Park Toronto Public Library to the north.

Gateway Public School[edit]

Gateway Public School is a public school that serves from Junior Kindergarten to grade 6.[8] It has an additional five portables to accommodate extra students. Gateway Public School has participated in the Terry Fox Run, "playday" and "Freerice Competition" which occurs once every school year. It also provides a snack program for the whole school.

Valley Park Middle School[edit]

Valley Park Middle School is located at the intersection of Don Mills Road and Overlea Boulevard (130 Overlea Boulevard). It serves grades 6 to 8. It is the largest middle school in Canada with 1200 students from public schools in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park. Representing over 50 language groups, It provides English as a Second Language (ESL) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) programs. In 2004, Valley Park added a new wing to the school. Valley Park offers Friday prayers for Muslim students,[9] and provides a snack program and a breakfast club to boost students' learning habits. It also offers a variety of after-school programs and extra-curricular activities.

Valley Park has been working to make a cricket/multi-sports field outside of the building.[10] Phase one of the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2013. Phase One includes a multi-sport irrigated field accommodating cricket, soccer, baseball and basketball, cricket sight screens, cricket & baseball practice cages, a baseball backstop, a red clay running track, our bioswale, wetland, urban forest and butterfly meadow. The field will be ready to play on in Spring 2014.

The number of students at the school has decreased from 1300 to 1200 in the 2012-2013 year because Gateway and Grenoble public schools have added grade 6 at their schools. Gateway Public School took five portable classrooms from Valley Park, and Grenoble Public School took one, leaving four portable classrooms at Valley Park.[11] When students graduate in Grade 8, they automatically transfer to Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute or they can apply for "Optional Attendance" so they can attend any high school in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute (Overlea High School)[edit]

Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute is a high school named after Marc Garneau, a Canadian politician, retired military officer, former astronaut, and engineer. The school was used to be called "Overlea High School". The school is located at 130 Overlea Boulevard, across from Valley Park Middle School. Students transferring into the school are from Valley Park Middle School or any middle school in the TDSB due to "Optional Attendance". The high school offers a "Talented Offerings for Programs in the Sciences" or TOPS program for students in the school that pass a test. The school has more than 1500 students in Grades 9-12. It has three floors, a greenhouse and about 12 portable classrooms.

Saint John XXIII Catholic School[edit]

Saint John XXIII is a Catholic school located across from Gateway Public School. It serves students from Kindergarten to grade 8.

Commercial buildings[edit]

One of the commercial buildings in Flemingdon Park is the Foresters Recreational Centre located in the Don Mills area. In Flemingdon Park, there was a Food Basics grocery store unit until it was demolished in 2006 and re-built as a Shoppers Drug Mart in 2008. Flemingdon Park Shopping Centre, an outdoor outlet mini mall, features convenience stores, a coin laundry unit, Sunny Food Mart and other corner stores. In 2013, a new restaurant called "Itamae Sushi All-You-Can-Eat" will be opening in the plaza and will open by the end of June. In 2011, a plaza called Dongate Plaza was built. Dongate Plaza includes a Tim Hortons, Subway (restaurant), Pita Land, a convenience store and a nail salon. The Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites, a four-star hotel with a 6000-square-foot ballroom for meetings, is located in the area.

Parkland[edit]

Flemingdon Park has an abundance of parkland. In addition to being surrounded by river valleys (consisting of parkland and a golf course) on three sides, it has a large park of sports fields on public space beneath hydro-electric power lines, and a ravine-like park (without waterway) running north/south through the centre, in addition to several smaller parks. A bicycle path along the west Don Valley runs all the way to Downtown Toronto.[citation needed]A city executive 9 hole course "Flemingdon Park Golf Club" established in the early 1960s. http://www.flemingdonparkgolfclub.com/

Crime[edit]

In July 2006, 17-year-old Omar Wellington was beaten and murdered by a couple of young men.[12] In the last few years there has not been any major crimes or violence committed. Crime has been decreasing in the area due to a big increase in middle class families moving into the area.[13]

Notable residents[edit]

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Coordinates: 43°42′47″N 79°20′02″W / 43.713°N 79.334°W / 43.713; -79.334