High Park station

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High Park
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
High Park TTC Main Entrance.jpg
Primary station entrance on Quebec Avenue
Location35 Quebec Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates43°39′14″N 79°28′00″W / 43.65389°N 79.46667°W / 43.65389; -79.46667Coordinates: 43°39′14″N 79°28′00″W / 43.65389°N 79.46667°W / 43.65389; -79.46667
PlatformsSide platforms
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeUnderground / at grade
Disabled accessNo
History
Opened10 May 1968
Traffic
Passengers (2018[1])12,080
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Kipling
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Bloor–Danforth
toward Kennedy

High Park is a station on the Bloor–Danforth line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located just north of Bloor Street West, spanning the block east of Quebec Avenue to High Park Avenue. It opened in 1968 as part of the westerly extension from Keele to Islington station.[2] Wi-Fi service is available at this station.[3]

Station description[edit]

The station is mostly underground, lying behind the properties which face on to the north side of Bloor Street. The main entrance is from Quebec Avenue at the westerly end of the surface bus transfer area, with the ticketing mezzanine one level below, above the east end of the train platforms. The station has escalators here, but despite having ramps at the street entrance it does not have elevators to provide access to the platforms for those with physical disabilities. A second entrance from High Park Avenue is at the east end of the bus platform, which is convenient for those needing to cross Bloor Street at the traffic lights to get to and from High Park.

Designated waiting area

The west end is at ground level, with an apartment building constructed partially over the station and along the south side. Just west of the station, Parkview Gardens is divided by the surface subway tracks and there are two entrances; one on the north side leading to Clendenan Avenue and another on the south leading to Bloor Street. Admission and exit at this end of the station is underground through unstaffed turnstiles.

The original external signage and trim has a unique bright blue background colour, whereas standard stations are red. In 2009 the station title nameboard over the entrance on Quebec Avenue was converted[4] to the current style of a black background, white lettering and a stripe of green to signify the Bloor–Danforth line, but the other entrances still retain the old ones.

Rehabilitation of the station has included repairs to the roof slab and repaving.[5] Original deteriorating walls and fences were replaced with sound barriers along the bus transfer area and beyond the west end of the station platforms.[6]

Entrance to the north side of the station from Parkview Gardens. The apartment building is over the west end of the station and the sound barrier extends along the tracks to the west.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Nearby landmarks include High Park and Humberside Collegiate Institute. The High Park Mineral Baths was demolished in 1962 to make way for the subway line. It was opened in 1913 as part of a sanatorium but eventually became a public pool.[7]

Surface connections[edit]

Since the bus platform is located outside the fare-paid area, a paper transfer is required to connect to surface routes.

TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
30A Lambton Westbound to Kipling station
30B Eastbound to High Park
(seasonal service)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2018" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved February 5, 2019. This table shows the typical number of customer-trips made on each subway on an average weekday and the typical number of customers travelling to and from each station platform on an average weekday.
  2. ^ Bow, James. "A History of Subways on Bloor and Queen Streets". Transit Toronto. Retrieved January 1, 2014. the subway was extended to Islington in 1968
  3. ^ "There's now free WiFi at over 40 TTC subway stations". blogTO. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  4. ^ See File:High Park TTC Station.jpg taken in 2008
  5. ^ "Procurement Authorization High Park Station Structural Paving Rehabilitation Contract W1-5" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. May 12, 2004. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  6. ^ "Procurement Authorization - High Park Station Fence Walls Reconstruction And Masonry Repairs Contract No. W1-11". Toronto Transit Commission. June 18, 2008. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  7. ^ Amad, Ali (27 March 2018). "The fascinating stories behind the Hanlan's Point hotel, High Park mineral baths and seven other lost Toronto landmarks". Toronto Life. Retrieved 28 March 2018.

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