Avonshire Party in the Park

“It isn’t often that I see a new community being built where I can say: ‘This is a real neighbourhood. It’s a high rise neighbourhood but it has the components and the feel of a place where people will come together as a community,'” said Councillor John Filion at last Saturday’s Avonshire Party in the Park. “This is exactly what the city is looking for in a new development. It creates something that brings people together.”

Kids enjoying the new water feature in Avonshire Park, which was unveiled on Saturday.
Kids enjoying the new water feature in Avonshire Park, which was unveiled on Saturday.

The event was an official grand opening of the park, which is tucked away in this North York neighbourhood, bordered by Avonshire condos, the Parkside townhomes and the under construction Aristo community. (See community masterplan)

It was a chance for the neighbourhood to gather, meet and have some fun. Children enjoyed the abundance of activities, including face painting, caricature drawing, henna, and the fantastic playground. Everyone indulged with barbeque, ice cream, cotton candy, pop corn and other treats being served.

The neighbourhood has a quiet, residential feel to it, even though it’s mere minutes away from Yonge and Sheppard. This park allows for a green space for residents to gather and enjoy themselves.

“This is as good as it can get when you talk about high rise living and the sense of community that can be created,” said Leo DelZotto, President of Tridel. “I stand here and proudly say that we are delighted to be able to be part of it and now it’s here for all to enjoy and enjoy it. Have a good life, those that are residents here. Those who are not, come and visit. And be jealous. Or buy next door!”

The speakers at the Avonshire park party -
The speakers at the Avonshire park party - Sam Goldband, Chief Executive Officer of KG Group, Councillor John Filion, City of Toronto,  Marvin Katz, President of KG Group, and Leo DelZotto, President of Tridel. 

The highlight of the event was the unveiling of a new water feature in the park. Fountains of water shoot up along the length of the central pathway, bordered by the playground. As was evident by the number of children who gleefully ran through the water soon after it was turned on, this will be a big hit at the park next summer.

Wish you could also enjoy this park? Suites are available at Aristo, where occupancy is expected to begin during the spring of 2014.

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