The Alderwood Neighbourhood - Etobicoke
Alderwood was originally known as New Toronto Park or New Toronto Heights,simply as "the place above the tracks". Alderwood was the home of the six O'Connor sisters who achieved great fame in the 1910's touring North America's vaudeville theatres. The O'Connor sisters were often featured on the same bill with stars such as Jimmie Durante, Al Jolson and Sophia Tucker.
Alderwood's farms began to be subdivided for residential development in the 1920's however most of this neighbourhood's development occurred after World War II. Many of the streets in Alderwood are named after the original farmers in this area including Brown, Evans, Lunness and Horner.
Alderwood is a well established family oriented neighbourhood situated in the south-west part of Toronto. Alderwood has a strong home and school association and a privately run day care facility called "Alderwood Action Alliance" which operates out of Sir Adam Beck School. This neighbourhood is bordered on the west by the Etobicoke Creek Valley and to the east by light industry which includes corporate giants such as Daimler Chrysler Canada Ltd. and Domtar Packaging.
Alderwood residents are proud of the Sir Adam Beck Centre. This multi-use recreational facility built on the former Sir Adam Beck School Grounds at 544 Horner Avenue, features a new primary school which will be combined with a public library, a community room, a day care centre, and a fitness room. These facilities are connected to the newly renovated Alderwood Pool. Sir Adam Beck History
Alderwood's long linear streets are lined with rows of bungalows and storey-and-a-half houses. These houses were built during the 1920's, 30's, 40's and 50's. Many of the older bungalows have been replaced with more modern semi-detached and detached homes.
The properties in Alderwood are well maintained with nicely manicured lawns. Each house has its own private driveway and most of the houses also have a garage.
Alderwood's main shopping street is located along Browns Line. This neighbourhood oriented shopping district features fruit markets, home improvement stores, a medical centre, convenience stores and family style restaurants. Alderwood Plaza is located at the north end of this shopping corridor. This small plaza includes a large food market as well as a traditional mix of stores and restaurants.
The Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre is located at the north end of this neighbourhood off Evans Drive. This popular shopping centre is anchored by two major department stores, and includes over two hundred shops and restaurants.
Alderwood Pool located at 520 Horner Avenue offers Aqua Tot, Aqua Quest and Aqua Fit programs as well as Bronze Cross, snorkelling, recreational swims and Junior Lifeguard programs. Across the street the Alderwood Public Library offers children's and adult programming. The Horner Avenue Senior's Centre, located at 320 Horner Avenue offers field trips, barbecues, workshops, information centres and special events.
Etobicoke Valley Park located along the north-west border of Alderwood, is the finishing point for the Etobicoke Creek Interpretive Trail, a 2.5 kilometre trail which begins at the Marie Curtis Park on the shore of Lake Ontario. This nature trail was developed by the Alderwood Environmentalists in association with the city. Alderwood Memorial Park, located in the centre of this neighbourhood, is a wide open greenspace with a children's playground. Connorvale Park, located off Valermo Drive, has a pretty baseball diamond and a children's playground.
Sir Adam Beck Junior School, a dual-track English/French immersion JK-5 school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We are located in the Alderwood Centre, a multi-purpose complex including the Alderwood Public Library, Alderwood Pool and Alderwood Action Afterschool Child Care Centre.
(P) Lanor, 450 Lanor Ave., (416) 394-7800
(P) Sir Adam Beck, 544 Horner Ave., (416) 394-7670
(PH) Lakeshore C.I., 350 Kipling Ave., (416) 394-7650
(CA) Christ the King, 432 Horner Ave., (416) 393-5257
(CA) St. Ambrose, 20 Coules Crt., (416) 393-5259
(CA) Father John Redmond, 300 Valermo Dr., (416) 393-5540
(P) Public School
(PH) Public High School
(CA) Catholic School
(PR) Private School
(PC) Private Catholic School
(PJ) Private Jewish School
Bus service on Browns Line and Evans (24 hr bus service) and Horner Avenues connects passengers to the Long Branch Go Transit and TTC station located on Lakeshore Boulevard.
Motorists can reach downtown Toronto in approximately twenty minutes via Lakeshore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway. Commuters heading out of the city have convenient access to the Highway 427 North on-ramps at Browns Line and Evans Avenue and the Queen Elizabeth Way on-ramp off Evans Avenue.
Lakeshore Longbranch Business Improvement
See also the Mimico Residents Association.
Franklin Horner Community Centre events
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