Bloordale Park is a municipal park in Markland Wood
|Changed Municipality||1998 Toronto from Etobicoke|
|• MP||Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre)|
|• MPP||Yvan Baker (Etobicoke Centre)|
|• Councillor||Peter Leon (Ward 3 Etobicoke Centre)|
Markland Wood is a residential neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located west of the central core, in the former suburb of Etobicoke. It is bounded by Etobicoke Creek to the west, Elmcrest Creek to the east and surrounded by the Markland Wood Country Club. Markland Wood is the western-most residential community in Toronto along Bloor Street West, which cuts Markland Wood into approximately 1/3 to the south and 2/3 to the north. Markland Wood is part of the Etobicoke Centre riding for federal and provincial governments and Ward 3 for the municipal council.
Markland Wood, or Mark’s Land, was purchased by Mark Cavotti from the Silverthorn family in September 1958. Development started in 1960 after the Conservation Authority determined the high water mark levels after Hurricane Hazel. Most of the single family houses in Markland Wood were completed by 1967, but several custom-built homes were built around Markland Drive in the following years, as well as some tract housing at the north end of Thicket Rd. in 1971-1972. Two condominium apartment buildings were built along the west side of Mill Road, north of Markland Drive, in the mid- to late 1970s.
The Markland Wood Homeowners Association was formed in 1962 to "Create, Foster and Maintain the Community Spirit in Markland Wood". The MWHA publishes Marklander Newsletter the oldest, continuous running, community newspaper in Toronto. It was first published in 1962 and now has 10 annual issues delivered to MWHA members' households.
On October 22, 2007, a massive fire struck the neighbourhood. New townhouses being built at 4333 Bloor Street West at Mill Road caught fire, burning the new townhouses to the ground. No one was injured. The rebuilt collection of townhouses was again struck by fire March 8, 2008. This time around, only one townhouse was damaged. The Toronto Police Service are treating these incidents as "suspicious." In July 2008, St. Clement's Catholic Elementary School had a small fire on the side next to the townhouses around 2:00 in the morning.
In 2010/11 Markland Wood celebrated the 50 years anniversary. In 2011 the ratepayers association, Markland Homes Association changed their constitution and incorporated and is now called the Markland Wood Homeowners Association.
2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the association. At the AGM, Heritage Toronto presented the Historical Plaque to the Markland Wood community and the Silverthorn Family and Mill Farm, that now sits on the S.W. corner of Bloor Street W. and Mill Road. You can see the video of the 50th MWHA AGM from this link. The Silverthorn plaque presentation video can be seen here. The final plaque location can be seen from this video.
- April - Annual Environmental Day Clean Up - Toronto Clean Up Day! Held in conjunction with the City of Toronto and includes the Markland Wood community and surrounding creeks, area schools, and parks.
- May - Annual Community Garage Sale - Noted as the "World's Largest Garage Sale" and definitely the largest of its kind in West Toronto, it is held on the last Saturday of the month, following Victoria Day
- August - Family Fun Day - Held at the Millwood Park or Millwood JS.
- September - Markland Wood Community Social. Held on the last or second last Friday of the month at the Markland Wood Golf Course.
- December - Christmas Caravan & Food Drive - Food, clothing and monetary donation collection drive for charity. Held on the last or second last Sunday of the month, before Christmas.
Other events are held throughout the year such as All Candidates Meetings/Debates for municipal, provincial and federal elections. The MWHA also sponsors the "Focus On Personal Safety" meetings in conjunction with The Masters Condominium board.
Local concerns include:
- Toronto Pearson International Airport noise and operational issues as well as pollution.
- Natural Gas Fired Electrical Generating Stations, cancelled by the McGuinty government in 2011.
- Roads/Traffic with their resulting pollution/congestion & Condominium construction
- Bloordale Middle School - A middle school for grade 6-8 students. It is located at 10 Toledo Road. It was opened in 1960. The second part of the school was built in the 1970s.
- Millwood Junior School - English & French Immersion public elementary school for grades JK-5 students. It is located at 222 Mill Road. It first opened in 1962.
- St. Clement Catholic School (grades JK-8)
- Silverthorn Collegiate Institute (grades 9-12) Feeder schools are: Millwood, Mill Valley, Eatonville, Briarcrest, Bloordale, and Bloorlea
The Mill Valley Junior School is a public elementary school, located just outside Markland Wood - on Mill Road, north of Burnhamthorpe, for grades JK-5 students.
- Markland Wood Shopping Centre
- Markland Wood Medical Centre
- Markland Wood Golf Course
- Millwood Park - Old growth forest, playground, walking path with seating area, tennis courts & baseball diamonds
- Bloordale Park - Walking/Jogging/Cycling path & children's play area. Path to Centennial Park
- Etobicoke Creek
- Bloordale United Church
- St Clement Roman Catholic Church
- Rehoboth Fellowship Christian Reformed Church
- Markland Wood – community website, events, history, pictures, concerns and interactive maps.
- City of Toronto Neighbourhood Profile Map
- Map of Toronto Neighbourhoods
- Neilson Park Creative Centre
- Toronto Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKoewn's letter/report regarding Greenfield South NG Project
- YouTube video playlist of RogersTV Goldhawk Live program, Greenfield South NG Project Objections