Parks, Forestry & Recreation

Kew Gardens

Address: 2075 Queen St E Map It

This busy 6.5 hectare park lies in Toronto's Beach neighbourhood and stretches from Queen Street East down to the Lakeshore. Along it's Queen Street edge you'll find a cenotaph, seasonal flower beds and a library. The park interior features a wading pool and playground, trails, naturalized and open grassy areas, baseball diamond and a bandstand used for some of the many events that happen in this park. Where the park meets the beach there are tennis courts, a sports pad used as a sports area in summer and artificial ice rink in winter, an enclosed seasonal winter fire pit, and a building with change rooms, washrooms, a snack bar and a water bottle filling station.

At the foot of Lee Avenue lies the Gardener's Cottage, a historic building also known as Kew Williams House surrounded by attractive seasonal plantings. At its south end this park meets up with the boardwalk and beach that run along the Lake Ontario shoreline. This area is also known as Beaches Park and features a fenced in dogs off leash area as well as the iconic Leuty lifeguard station.

Then and Now: Parks and Recreation through the years!


Special Features
ACCESSIBILITY - The park is wheelchair accessible. Towards the western part of the beach in front of the D. D. Summerville Pool, a plastic Mobi mat system leads from the base of the pool building to the shoreline allowing mobility devices to access the sand and water. A beach wheelchair is available in summer - call 392-7688 to book.
BLUE FLAG BEACH Woodbine and Kew-Balmy beaches typically achieve annual blue flag certification. This international eco-label is awarded to beaches that meet high water quality, environmental and safety standards.
HISTORIC ELEMENTS - Cenotaph honouring service in the First World War, Second World War and Korean War, Italian Renaissance style Doctor William D. Young Memorial and drinking fountain, heritage-designated Gardener's Cottage and Leuty boat house.
LOCATION - Located in a historic neighbourhood with a small-town feel and fronts onto Queen Street East, a vibrant street with an eclectic mix of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
SCENIC VIEWS - Great views of Lake Ontario .
WASHROOMS - Accessible washrooms located in building at south end of the park open daily year-round (closed Christmas).


Announcements


  Arts

Crafts - AdultThese courses, designed for participants between the ages of 25-59, offering instruction in a variety of crafts such as scrapbooking, woodcarving and stained glass
Painting: Water Colours  (16 - 99yrs)
Jan-09-2017 to Mar-06-2017, Mon, 12:30 - 2:30pm
Painting: Water Colours  (16yrs and over)
Jan-11-2017 to Mar-08-2017, Wed, 12:30 - 2:30pm
Painting: Water Colours  (16yrs and over)
Jan-11-2017 to Mar-08-2017, Wed, 3 - 5pm
Painting: Water Colours  (16 - 99yrs)
Jan-09-2017 to Mar-06-2017, Mon, 10am - 12pm

  Skating

Learn to Skate Child - Level 1Development of balance and posture. Introduction to forward skating, gliding, stopping and backward skating. Prerequisite: Level 1 is for participants who are new to skating or are unable to skate the width of the ice surface with a glide. Participants should be able to stand and walk on skates with straight ankles off the ice. Participants must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Learn to Skate Child - Level 1  (6 - 12yrs)
Feb-07-2017 to Mar-02-2017, Tue, Thur, 5 - 5:45pm
Learn to Skate Child - Level 1  (6 - 12yrs)
Feb-07-2017 to Mar-02-2017, Tue, Thur, 5:45 - 6:30pm
Learn to Skate Child - Level 2Development of forward gliding, stopping, backward skating. Introduction to one foot glides and backward gliding. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1 or participant can skate (with a glide) the length of the ice without falling. Participants must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Learn to Skate Child - Level 2  (6 - 12yrs)
Feb-07-2017 to Mar-02-2017, Tue, Thur, 5 - 5:45pm
Learn to Skate Child - Level 2  (6 - 12yrs)
Feb-07-2017 to Mar-02-2017, Tue, Thur, 5:45 - 6:30pm
Learn to Skate PreschoolChildren will receive an orientation to the ice surface and will learn the basics of skating through games and songs. Participants should be able to stand and walk on skates with straight ankles off the ice. It is mandatory that all preschool participants wear a CSA approved hockey helmet with a full face mask. For Caregiver and Tot programs, the caregiver accompanying the child on the ice must also wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Learn to Skate: Preschool  (3 - 5yrs)
Feb-07-2017 to Mar-02-2017, Tue, Thur, 4 - 4:30pm
Learn to Skate: Preschool  (3 - 5yrs)
Feb-07-2017 to Mar-02-2017, Tue, Thur, 4:30 - 5pm

  Skating

Next Week
Sun Dec 04Mon Dec 05Tue Dec 06Wed Dec 07Thu Dec 08Fri Dec 09Sat Dec 10
Public Skate
1 - 3pm2 - 4pm9am - 2pm2 - 5:30pm9am - 1pm2 - 4pm
6 - 8:15pm
1 - 8:15pm
Shinny: Caregiver & Child
(up to 8yrs)
11am - 1pm     11am - 1pm
Shinny: Adult
(19yrs and over)
8 - 11am9am - 2pm2 - 4pm
6 - 8:15pm
9am - 2pm
7:30 - 10pm
1 - 3pm9am - 2pm8 - 11am
Shinny: Youth
(13 - 18yrs)
3 - 5:45pm 4 - 6pm 3 - 5:30pm  
Shinny: Child
(9 - 12yrs)
 4 - 6pm   4 - 6pm 
Shinny: Women 19+ yrs
(19yrs and over)
 6 - 8:15pm     
Shinny: Youth Girls
(9 - 18yrs)
   5:30 - 7:30pm5:30 - 6:45pm  
Facility TypeQuantityFacility Rating *
Ball Diamond1
C
Ball Hockey Pad1

Bottle Filling Station1

Bowling Greens2

Changeroom Facility1

Drinking Fountain4

Outdoor Dry Pad1
A
Outdoor Fitness Equipment1

Playground1

Shuffle Board1

Splash Pad1

Wading Pool1

Washroom Facility1


* Facilities can be available to permit. Permit rates are dependent on facility rating of Premium, A, B or C and your group category. Use the Facility Rating Criteria to learn more about amenities that might be available at each facility.

Facility TypeQuantityFacility Rating *
Outdoor Rink1