Parks, Forestry & Recreation

Christie Pits Park

Address: 750 Bloor St W Map It

Christie Pits (originally Willowvale Park) is a 8.9 hectare park located at 750 Bloor Street West and Christie Street, across from the Christie subway station. The park features the Alex Duff Memorial Pool, located at its edge are three baseball diamonds, a multi-sport field, basketball and volleyball courts, an artificial ice rink, a children's playground and labyrinth, a splash pad, a wading pool, and a community garden. The sides of the pits are highly sloped and are used in winter for tobogganing and related activities. Garrison Creek runs under the park, converted to a storm sewer at the turn of the 20th century. This facility has street parking around the outskirts of the park.

The park was named after the Christie Sand Pits which were on the location until the early 1900s. The sand pits had been named after Christie Street, which was named after William Mellis Christie, co-founder of the Christie & Brown Cookie Company, now known simply as Mr. Christie.

Then and Now: Parks and Recreation through the years!


Announcements


  Skating

Hockey Skills / Power Skate AdultHockey Skills and Power Skating are offered for beginner to advanced levels. Power Skating teaches speed, agility and coordination. Hockey Skills focuses on puck handling, skating and game strategies. CSA approved hockey helmets are required when on the ice. Course prerequisites are indicated.
Hockey Skills - Beginners  (19yrs and over)
Jan-12-2017 to Mar-02-2017, Thur, 6:15 - 7pm
Hockey Skills / Power Skate ChildHockey Skills and Power Skating are offered for beginner to advanced levels. Power Skating teaches speed, agility and coordination. Hockey Skills focuses on puck handling, skating and game strategies. CSA approved hockey helmets with full face masks, neck guards and gloves are required when on the ice. Course prerequisites are indicated.
Hockey Skills -Preschool  (4 - 5yrs)
Jan-12-2017 to Mar-02-2017, Thur, 5 - 5:30pm
Hockey Skills - Beginners  (6 - 12yrs)
Jan-12-2017 to Mar-02-2017, Thur, 5:30 - 6:15pm
Learn to Skate AdultLearn to Skate programs, beginner to advanced, focus on orientation to ice and skating techniques. Course prerequisites are indicated. All Adult participants must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Learn to Skate - Beginners  (18yrs and over)
Jan-08-2017 to Feb-26-2017, Sun, 5:15 - 6pm
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 - Level 1  (6 - 12yrs)
Jan-08-2017 to Feb-26-2017, Sun, 4:30 - 5:15pm
Learn to Skate - Level 1  (6 - 12yrs)
Jan-08-2017 to Feb-26-2017, Sun, 5:15 - 6pm
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 - Level 2  (6 - 12yrs)
Jan-08-2017 to Feb-26-2017, Sun, 4:30 - 5:15pm
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 - Caregiver and Tot  (3 - 5yrs)
Jan-08-2017 to Feb-26-2017, Sun, 3 - 3:30pm
Learn to Skate  (3 - 5yrs)
Jan-08-2017 to Feb-26-2017, Sun, 3:30 - 4pm
Learn to Skate  (3 - 5yrs)
Jan-08-2017 to Feb-26-2017, Sun, 4 - 4:30pm
Learn to Skate YouthLearn to Skate programs, beginner to advanced, focus on orientation to ice and skating techniques. Course prerequisites are indicated. All Youth participants must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.
Learn to Skate  (13 - 18yrs)
Jan-08-2017 to Feb-26-2017, Sun, 5:15 - 6pm

  Skating

Next Week
Sun Dec 04Mon Dec 05Tue Dec 06Wed Dec 07Thu Dec 08Fri Dec 09Sat Dec 10
Public Skate
 12 - 5pm
6 - 7:30pm
6 - 7:30pm12 - 2:30pm1 - 4:15pm
6 - 7:30pm
12 - 4pm
7 - 8:30pm
11am - 2pm
4 - 6pm
Shinny: Caregiver & Child
(up to 8yrs)
9 - 10am     9 - 10am
Shinny: Child
(9 - 13yrs)
   4 - 5:45pm  10 - 11am
Shinny: Youth
(14 - 18yrs)
   6 - 7pm 5:30 - 7pm2 - 4pm
Skate - Unsupervised Shinny
(19yrs and over)
8 - 10pm9am - 12pm9am - 12pm9am - 12pm9am - 12pm9am - 12pm6 - 10pm
DROP-IN: Women Shinny
(18 - 59yrs)
6 - 8pm      
Public Skate: Caregiver and Child
1 - 5pm      
Shinny: All Ages
10am - 1pm5 - 6pm12 - 5pm2:30 - 4pm12 - 1pm4 - 5:30pm 
Shinny: Adult
(19yrs and over)
 7:30 - 10pm7:30 - 10pm 7:30 - 9pm8:30 - 10pm 
Facility TypeQuantityFacility Rating *
Amphitheatre1

Bake Oven1

Ball Diamond1
1
1
A
B
C
Bike Trail3

Changeroom Facility1

Dressing Room1

Drinking Fountain2

Firepit1

Kitchen1

Outdoor Basketball Court1

Outdoor Volleyball Court1

Parking Lot1

Picnic Shelter1

Picnic Site5

Playground1

Sport Field1
C
Sportspad Area1

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