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Avenue Road & Lawrence is one of the most coveted areas in the city for good reason. It’s home to some of the best restaurants and shops, and is surrounded by plenty of incredible public spaces and private clubs. Read on to discover some of the leisure opportunities residents of Empire Maven will have.
With over 40 acres of lush greenery, Sherwood Park is a year-round local hot spot. It’s the perfect place to escape the thrum of Avenue Road and go for a leisurely stroll, watch a match at the baseball diamond or simply hang out by the playground and wading pool. The park is also well-known for its off-leash dog trails, which allows pets and their owners to enjoy the fresh air without worry.
WE RECOMMEND: Exploring the Lost River Walk, which runs along the Lawrence Park and Blythwood streams.
Alexander Muir MEMORIAL GARDENS
If you’re wondering why these gardens look familiar, it’s probably because they’ve served as the backdrop for many a wedding photoshoot. These formal gardens are great to visit for flower lovers and nature photographers alike. The gardens are named after the famed composer of the same name, who wrote the patriotic song ‘The Maple Leaf Forever’ in 1867.
WE RECOMMEND: Keeping an eye out for the maple leaf, which appears throughout the gardens in various decorative and natural forms as an homage to the song.
Lawrence Park LAWN BOWLING & CROQUET CLUB
A true community staple, the Lawrence Park Lawn Bowling & Croquet Club is now celebrating its 107th year in the area. The private club was originally built for the residents of the Lawrence Park Estates, but came under the City of Toronto’s parks and recreation jurisdiction in 1923.
WE RECOMMEND: Striking up a match with someone new. The club includes members that play both socially and competitively, with age ranges as vast as school-aged children to seniors.
NORTH TORONTO TENNIS CLUB
Located just south of Avenue Road & Lawrence in Lytton Park, the North Toronto Tennis Club offers programs and competition for all levels of tennis enthusiasts. When you’re done serving up aces on any of the club’s three courts, spend time unwinding in the amenity-packed clubhouse.
WE RECOMMEND: Trying one of their programs and service classes. Whether you’re a beginner or a budding pro, the expert staff will focus on progressive tennis techniques through fun drills and games.
ARMOUR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CENTRE
There’s something for everyone at the Armour Heights Community Centre, with recreational programs that span all ages and interests. Children’s programs include gymnastics, dance and yoga, while adults can get involved in clubs like Ballet Barre, Cardio Salsa, Zumba and yoga.
WE RECOMMEND: Signing up for your class of choice as soon as possible, as registration is done on a first come, first served basis.
members’ clubSThe Avenue Road & Lawrence area is home to many exclusive member clubs, including the Toronto Cricket and Skating Club, which is home to cricket, croquet, lawn bowling, racquet sports, squash, tennis, curling and figure skating teams; Rosedale Golf Club, one of the most prestigious and private golf clubs in the city; and the Granite Club, which is home to state-of-the-art athletic facilities and world-class programs.
WE RECOMMEND: Joining! Each of these clubs is dedicated to creating exceptional experiences for its members.
Images courtesy of City of Toronto (Sherwood Park); Wintercarrot via Google (Alexander Muir Gardens); Robert Fishman via Google (Lawrence Park Lawn Bowling & Croquet Club); Urbaneer (Tennis Club); Chen Shaowei (community centre).