Centennial Park (Toronto)
Centennial Park ski hill during the summer.
Location of the park in Toronto
|Location||Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Area||525.2 acres (212.5 ha)|
|Operated by||Toronto Parks|
The park was opened in 1967 for Canada's 100 birthday by the then Borough of Etobicoke and was part of the Hirons' dairy farm (the remaining part of the farm was sold for residential development in 1968).
In 1976, the park was one of two venue sites for the 1976 Summer Paralympics.
In 1998, when the six municipalities comprising Metropolitan Toronto were amalgamated, the park was integrated into Toronto Parks and Recreation from the former City of Etobicoke Parks Department. This should not be confused with an identically named small city park in the east end of Toronto, on Centennial Road, Scarborough, which was also inherited by the amalgamation.
The park has a variety of features including:
- Centennial Park Conservatory
- Etobicoke Olympium, a large athletic centre that was built in 1975.
- Centennial Park Ski & Snowboard Centre, a small alpine skiing hill created on top of old garbage landfill. It features one t-bar and a conveyor lift, serving one intermediate slope, one beginner slope, and a snowboard slope. It is one of two ski hills located within the boundaries of Toronto, the other being the North York Ski Centre.
- Centennial Hill was the site of a municipal dump and the south end was used as a transfer station.
- Centennial Park Stadium, a 3,500 seat capacity stadium that is primarily used for athletics, soccer and occasionally for kabaddi.
- Centennial Park Arena 2 pads
- In the mid to late 1970s there was a Motocross track at Centennial park, open for riding and also held Motocross races on Sundays. Mike Austin's MRAC Motorcycle Racing Association of Canada ran the races.
- 8 lane polytan track and field facility
- go-cart track
- golf course 120 acres
- picnic areas
- 7 soccer fields
- one baseball diamond
- five softball diamonds
- Designated Toboggan Hill
- Splash Pad
- Playground Equipment
- Flying Circles
- 2 Cricket Pitches
- Disc Golf Course
- Exercise Course (Kiwanis)
- 7 acres marshland/wetlands
- 11 acre man made pond
- Centennial Park Pan Am BMX Centre
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