19 Facts About High Park


High Park is a municipal park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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High Park is a mixed recreational and natural park, with sporting facilities, cultural facilities, educational facilities, gardens, playgrounds and a zoo.

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High Park was opened to the public in 1876 and is based on a bequest of land from John George Howard to the City of Toronto.

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High Park is located to the west of downtown Toronto, north of Humber Bay, and is maintained by the City of Toronto Parks Department.

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Forested areas of High Park are maintained to mimic natural conditions, with downed trees left to decay.

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The pond exits out to Lake Ontario via pipes near Sir Casimir Gzowski High Park, replacing the natural sandbar that existed for Wendigo Creek.

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Western section of High Park, including Grenadier Pond was privately owned by the Ellis family, after which Ellis Avenue is named.

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High Park was known as a location for clandestine meetings of homosexuals in the days before the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada in the 1960s.

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An organization, "Friends of the High Park Zoo", was formed to fundraise and seek other sponsors for the zoo.

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High Park includes several points of interest, including Colborne Lodge historical museum, the hillside gardens, the zoo, the Grenadier Cafe and the amphitheatre.

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Since 1956, the High Park greenhouses have produced millions of annuals and perennials for Toronto's park system.

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In March 2019, Sakura in High Park indicated that following a brutal winter season, some trees showed signs of damage many showed healthy, growing buds.

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High Park Zoo is a small collection of animals along Deer Pen Road, which rises from the eastern ravine up to the plateau near the Grenadier Restaurant.

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Friends of High Park Zoo was formed after Toronto City Council voted to cancel funding for the zoo in 2012.

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High Park was used for cycling events for the 2017 Invictus Games, replacing Toronto Islands which was still recovering from flooding during the spring and summer.

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Volunteer Stewardship Program is a volunteer group working with City of Toronto Urban Forestry and Horticulture staff, to protect and restore the remaining natural areas of High Park including large areas of Savannah with Black Oak trees and related flora and fauna.

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High Park-Swansea encompasses the area west of Roncesvalles Avenue, to Bloor Street on the north, and the Humber River on the west, which includes High Park itself.

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High Park North is within the boundaries of the former town of West Toronto Junction.

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High Park is one of the central settings in the 2015 prize-winning novel Fifteen Dogs by Canadian novelist, Andre Alexis.

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