This 18-hectare park near Danforth Avenue and Broadview Avenue is popular for winter tobogganing and views of downtown Toronto skyline. Riverdale Park East features two ball diamonds, three multipurpose sports fields, a running track, seven tennis courts, an artificial outdoor ice rink and ball hockey pad, a picnic area and a children's playground. The ice rink features a hockey pad which is also a pleasure pad. There are change rooms for changing into skates. There is a nice playground to the east of the rink. A naturalized area at the north end of the park has many recreational trails ideal for walking. Located at the north entrance to the park on Broadview Avenue is the Riverdale Park East Outdoor Pool.
History and Ecological Restoration
The north side of the park was once just a grassy slope, but in 1990 the City of Toronto and Taskforce to Bring Back the Don planted native trees and shrubs. The slope has since developed into mature maple-ash woodland. In 2002, a small marsh was added at the bottom of the slope to collect and clean storm water and provide habitat for native plants and animals. An eroded hillside path was replaced with a rock-lined trough that directs water to flow into the wetland area. Volunteers have helped to plant trees and shrubs in the marsh site, as well as native flowers, sedges, and rushes. Having a wide range of diverse habitats is very important to provide our natural areas with resilience against the establishment of invasive species, as well as provide us with other more extensive ecological services.