Crescent Town can trace its roots back to 1887 when Walter Massey – the son of Hart Massey, Canada’s first major industrialist – purchased a 240-acre country property centered around Dawes Road and Victoria Park Avenue. The Massey farm was named Detonia after Mrs. Massey’s family whose surname was Denton. The Massey farm sold fresh eggs and poultry as well as fresh trout which was caught in the many streams and rivulets that crisscrossed the farm. The Massey farm was also the home of the City Dairy Company which produced the first pasteurized milk in Canada. In 1933, Susan Massey generously gave forty acres of Detonia to Crescent School where her grandsons were educated. Crescent School operated at Detonia until 1969 when this property was sold to the developers who built the present-day Crescent Town neighborhood. Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland was among the first Crescent Town residents. He spent part of his early childhood in Crescent Town and attended the Crescent Town Elementary School.
Clairlea is a quiet, middle-income neighborhood that features well treed streets and affordable homes. There is plenty of shopping on Warden, Victoria Park and Eglinton Avenues. This is an ideal neighborhood for commuters as it is well served by public transit and is also within close proximity to the Don Valley Parkway. Clairlea’s major landmark is Warden Woods, a deep ravine valley that spans the south-east perimeter of this neighborhood. The Warden Woods Ravine parkland has a paved trail which offers Clairlea residents a bit of nature close to home.
Crescent Town is a self-contained community of approximately ten thousand people tucked away in a sylvan like setting in the East Don Valley Parklands. Crescent Town is an interesting experiment in community planning in that all of its pedestrian walkways are located above the street level. These walkways safely usher Crescent Town residents to their own community school, recreation center, market place, and town hall.
Clairlea’s original housing stock dates from the 1940’s and 50’s. The style of houses found here includes small bungalows, modest storey-and-a-half houses, and two-storey, detached houses. The streets north of St. Clair have a curvilinear street pattern and the houses are fairly uniform in style. The residential pocket south of St. Clair features a steep hill topography and smaller, older houses. The new Warden Woods Ravine subdivision situated south off St. Clair Avenue, offers a collection of new townhouses, semi-detached and detached, family-style houses
Crescent Town also contains a mix of condominium apartment buildings, stacked condominium townhouses, and low and high-rise rental apartment buildings. The condominiums are located on Massey Square while the rental apartment buildings are situated on Crescent Town Road. The building of Crescent Town was completed in 1971.
Crescent Town has its own “Market Place” located in a concourse strolling area situated in the centre of the Crescent Town neighbourhood. The Market Place includes a grocery store, a variety store, a bank, a drug store, a dry cleaner, a hair salon, a neighbourhood restaurant and medical and professional offices.
Crescent Town residents can also walk to the bustling shopping district on Danforth Avenue including Shoppers World at the corner of Danforth and Victoria Park Avenues.
PARKS, RECREATION & CULTURE
The Crescent Town Hall, which occupies the ground floor of building number five, is the social hub of this neighborhood. It contains a library, a church, and meeting rooms for various clubs and social functions.
The Crescent Town Club, located at 2A The Market Place is a modern multi – recreational complex. Its facilities include a 25-meter swimming pool, an indoor track, a full-size gymnasium, squash, racquetball, and handball courts. The Crescent Town Club also doubles as a community center and offers a myriad of programs for children, teens, adults, and seniors.
Taylor Creek Park is conveniently located at the north end of the Crescent Town neighborhood. This long and narrow valley is thickly wooded and is perfect for walking, bird watching, and photography. Taylor Creek Park also has a popular exercise trail and numerous picnic sites. Access to the park is located off Dawes Road.
Crescent Town residents can literally walk, with their clubs in hand to the Detonia Park Golf Course on the east side of Victoria Park Avenue. This scenic eighteen-hole golf course is rated as moderately difficult by the Metropolitan Toronto Parks Department.
Dentonia Park Golf Course in the Greater Toronto Area’s finest par three courses. This public golf course is located at 781 Victoria Park Ave., less than a one-minute walk from the Victoria Park subway station. For more information or to book a tee time, call 416-392-2558.
Warden Woods Park is a heavily wooded ravine valley containing a paved trail frequented by nature enthusiasts, joggers, and cyclists. Access points to this park are located off St. Clair and Pharmacy Avenues.
To the south of Warden Woods Park is Byng Park and the West Scarborough N.C.C., which features a bocce club and horseshoe pits. The Demonia Park Golf Course, located on the east side of Victoria Park Avenue, just north of Danforth Avenue, is a challenging scenic course that is ideal for beginners and advanced players looking to practice their short game.
The new Warden Hilltop Community Centre is the first public building in Toronto to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified featuring a geothermal heating and cooling system, green roof, and solar power. The center includes a double gym, weight room, teaching kitchen, and preschool area.
SHOPS and SERVICES
The Warden Power Centre located at the north-east corner of St. Clair and Warden Avenues is a modern-day shopping center that contains “Big Box” retail chain stores including Winners, Future Shop, and Hy & Zels. Victoria Park contains a limited amount of shops, and a good variety of restaurants including Chinese, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and East and West Indian foods. It has also a Cineplex movie theatre with eight screens that feature all the latest movie releases.
Crescent Town residents can access the Victoria Park subway station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line via an internal pedestrian walkway that connects directly to the Victoria Park station. The Dawes Road and Victoria Park buses make connections to this station.
Danforth Avenue is the main arterial roadway in this district. Danforth Avenue ends at the Bloor Street Viaduct which connects motorists into the downtown core.
Crescent Town has 11 Public schools, 7 Catholic schools, and 1 Private school in this neighborhood, your kids can get a great education.
Address: 4 Massey Square, Toronto, ON M4C, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-2340 | Fax: (416) 396-2903 | Email: CrescentTown@tdsb.on.ca
“Crescent Town School is part of a large inner-city apartment complex located next to the Metro Toronto valley system. The school is situated on the original site of the Massey Estate. In 1973, Crescent Town School opened with an enrolment in excess of 500 students. The school underwent a major construction project over the past few years, which also includes a daycare center. Crescent Town School, presently with over 720 students, serves a diverse ethnocultural and multilingual population. As part of the Model Schools for Inner City initiative, the staff, parents, and community are committed to providing increased educational opportunities and rich learning experiences for the students.” As originally published by Crescent Town Elementary School
Address: 3663 Danforth Ave, Scarborough, ON M1N 3J7, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6704 | Fax: (416) 396-6759 | Email: Birchmount@tdsb.on.ca
“Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute is truly a community school, benefiting from the superb sports facilities that surround it and our partnership with Variety Village. We offer a full range of courses at the LDCC, applied, academic, gifted, open, college, university, and workplace levels that support all post-secondary pathways. We are proud of the diversity of courses we offer our students. The whole school is Wi-Fi accessible and we continue to expand the use of technology across all subject areas. We support and encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning, to strive for excellence, to take pride in their accomplishments, and to develop their leadership skills in the broader school community.” As originally published by Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute
Address: 80 Queensdale Ave, East York, ON M4J 1Y3, Canada | Telephone: 416 465-5757
“Nous sommes heureux d’accueillir environ 400 élèves de la maternelle à la 6e année dans un milieu sécuritaire où il fait bon apprendre. À l’école élémentaire La Mosaïque, nous préconisons le développement global de l’enfant en mettant l’accent sur la pensée critique, la curiosité intellectuelle et l’imagination. Nous désirons outiller les enfants pour qu’ils prennent leur place dans un monde en évolution afin de devenir des citoyens engagés.” As originally published by É Élém La Mosaïque
Address: 100 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 1M3, Canada | Telephone: 416 393-0175
“Le Collège français sera un milieu de vie stimulant pour tes amis et toi. Toute une équipe est là, chaque jour, pour t’aider à découvrir de nouveaux horizons et à mieux comprendre le monde qui t’entoure.” As originally published by Collège français secondaire
Address: 150 Carnforth Rd, North York, ON M4A 2H6, Canada | Telephone: 416 397-2080
“L’éducation des enfants se fait grâce à une alliance école, famille et communauté. Le travail en équipe et la création de partenariats solides sont essentiels pour s’assurer que les élèves réalisent leur plein potentiel. Ensemble, nous pouvons les accompagner à devenir des citoyens engagés et responsables contribuant à l’essor de notre société. Soyez assurés que l’équipe de Jeanne-Lajoie s’engage à offrir un milieu éducatif enrichissant, inclusif et bienveillant à vos enfants.” As originally published by É Élém Jeanne-Lajoie
Address: 271 Gledhill Ave, East York, ON M4C 5L2, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-2400 | Fax: (416) 396-2400 | Email: DAMorrison@tdsb.on.ca
“D.A. Morrison combines fifty years as a traditional neighborhood school with a strong commitment to change, new technologies, and a sound education for all learners. This means that all students enjoy a solid education in the basics with a wide variety of options and opportunities for personal and academic growth. Our facilities include a full-size pool, gym facilities, an up to date library and computer labs, making the school a place of educational excellence. Enriched by diversity and committed to equity, we offer programs to meet the needs, goals, and interests of our students. In addition to strong academics, we offer outstanding programs in Music, Visual Art, and Dance.” As originally published by D. A. Morrison Middle School
Address: 650 Cosburn Ave, East York, ON M4C 2V2, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-2355 | Fax: (416) 396-2368 | Email: EastYork@tdsb.on.ca
“East York Collegiate Institute (EYCI) is a dynamic learning community founded on respect and dedicated to ensuring every student is successful every day. EYCI is a welcoming and inclusive school, where students regardless of difference see themselves in the curriculum and feel comfortable taking academic risks in an environment where respect and trust underpin each experience. At the core of all learning is a focus on skills including creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, responsible citizenry, and good character. The EY approach ensures our students are well-rounded, lifelong learners who are prepared to address the challenges of the 21st century and make meaningful contributions as members of the community at large.” As originally published by East York Collegiate Institute
Address: 2 Cedarcrest Blvd, Toronto, ON M4B, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-2375 | Fax: (416) 396-2373 | Email: GeorgeWebster@tdsb.on.ca
“George Webster takes pride in the diversity of its population and the care and concern shown by its staff, parents, and community. Since its opening in 1954, the school has experienced significant growth and change. Today George Webster is a vibrant school community committed to providing the best possible learning opportunities for all of its students. As a Model School for Inner Cities, George Webster is committed to student achievement as a means of empowering our students for success in school and in life.” As originally published by George Webster Elementary School
Address: 101 Barrington Ave, East York, ON M4C 4Z2, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-2450 | Fax: (416) 396-2250 | Email: Secord.ES@tdsb.on.ca
“Secord School is located in the Main and Danforth area on the east side of Barrington Avenue at Secord Avenue. The school first opened in November of 1915. Our current facility was built 40 years ago. It has undergone many changes, the latest being in 1995 to increase our permanent space by fourteen classrooms. Secord Public School offers programs from Kindergarten to Grade Five. Our specialized classes include four special education classes. A school age “Y” Daycare is housed in the Community Centre attached to the school. We house a preschool and kindergarten daycare called “Annie’s Place” and a Early Years Parenting and Family Literacy Centre.” As originally published by Secord Elementary School
Address: 110 Byng Ave, Scarborough, ON M1L 3P1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6505 | Fax: (416) 396-6507 | Email: Oakridge@tdsb.on.ca
“Oakridge Junior Public School is a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 4 community school with an enrolment of 800 students. As part of the Model Schools for Inner City initiative, the staff, parents and community are committed to providing a wide range of educational opportunities and rich learning experiences for all students. The Oakridge Way is the cornerstone of our school code of conduct and is in line with the Board’s Character Development Program. At our monthly assemblies, we recognize excellence in academic achievement and social skills. At Oakridge we value our partnership with our parents who are actively involved in the education of their children through Family Nights, School Council, Nutrition programs, and school functions.” As originally published by Oakridge Junior Public School
Address: 21 Newport Ave, Scarborough, ON M1L, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-6555 | Fax: (416) 396-6564 | Email: SamuelHearne@tdsb.on.ca
“We are a community of learners made up of students, teachers, support staff and parents. We serve Junior-Intermediate students in Gr. 5-8. Our mission is to provide a safe and active learning environment in which our students can develop into contributing members of society. We strive for excellence and set high standards both academically and socially. Everyone is involved in the process of teaching, learning and growing together in this diverse community. We take pride in the academic, athletic, and artistic success of our students. Like our namesake, Samuel Hearne is on a journey to broaden our horizons and explore new opportunities. “Learning is a journey that lasts a lifetime!” As originally published by Samuel Hearne Middle School
Catholic and Private School:
Address: 140 Dawes Rd, East York, ON M4C 5C2, Canada | Telephone: 416-893-1461 | Email: email@example.com
“In our school, we welcome children from all families, Christians or non-Christians. It is a loving place for all to belong to and flourish. We believe love is the greatest, and interest is the best teacher. We engage our children in fun, critical thinking, creativity, and real life applications when they do every subject. Academic wise, our teachers have professional expertise and high sense of responsibility. We make sure every child can process and master every academic concept that is required by the Ontario Curriculum. We carefully make up for the knowledge/skill they fall behind. This is a closely knit community where your children can find source of quality love, trust, strong sense of belonging and security, as well as intimate relationships with principal, teachers and peers. Our children flourish in a loving, caring and warm environment filled with hunger and thirst for the truth. We invest a lot of loving efforts on character formations of our children, so that they might reflect good moral characters in their academic, family, social disciplines, responsibilities and lives. Meanwhile we actively engage our children in rich extra curriculum events in wider Christian schools’ community (ACSI) and our immediate social community context.” As originally published by Community Life Christian School
Address: 50 Woodmount Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 3X9, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5235 | Fax: 416-393-5815
“St. Brigid was born around the year 453 near Kidare in Ireland. She lived by her words: “to honour Christ, for Christ is in the body of every poor man”. Her hand was always out to the poor. She was considered to be a joyful, invigorating saint, who radiated goodness, wholeness and the attractiveness of the Christian life. St. Brigid Catholic School opened on November 14, 1921 with 223 students. Today, our staff is a group of highly experienced, self-motivated teachers, committed to making the teaching/learning experience in a Catholic environment as meaningful as possible.” As originally published by St. Brigid Catholic School
Address: 250 Gainsborough Rd, Toronto, ON M4L 3C6, Canada
“L’école élémentaire catholique Georges-Étienne-Cartier accueille plus de 400 élèves du jardin à la 6e année. Elle est une école dynamique caractérisée par une panoplie d’activités culturelles, pédagogiques, pastorales et communautaires où le français rayonne. Dotée d’une mission et d’une vision avant-gardistes, l’école est une communauté apprenante qui a à cœur l’éducation et l’amélioration du rendement de tous les élèves. À cet effet, plusieurs initiatives sont mises en place pour assurer le succès et l’épanouissement de tous. Le personnel œuvre dans un esprit de collaboration afin de s’outiller d’une pédagogie branchée et engageante.” As originally published by ÉÉC Georges-Étienne-Cartier
Address: 520 Plains Rd, Toronto, ON M4C, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5251 | Fax: 416-397-6192
“We service children from Full-Day Junior/Senior Kindergarten to Grade Eight by providing a well-rounded blend of academics as well as co-curricular activities. We participate in the sports competitions offered within the Board, in-house leagues when possible, W5H, hockey, etc. Our students do well academically; and are encouraged by the high standards of the school, the dedicated staff, and the small school friendly environment.” As originally published by Canadian Martyrs Catholic School
Address: 343 Jones Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1A7, Canada
“À l’école élémentaire catholique du Bon-Berger, nous nous soucions de créer un environnement où chaque élève se sent bien dans sa peau et peut donc apprendre à son plein potentiel. Nous nous assurons d’offrir aux élèves un milieu scolaire sécuritaire où la francophonie et les valeurs catholiques occupent une place importante. Nous encourageons les élèves à développer leur estime de soi, à être à l’écoute des autres, à faire preuve d’entraide et à s’engager pleinement dans toutes les facettes de leur éducation. C’est ainsi qu’ils deviennent autonomes et responsables dans leur apprentissage.” As originally published by ÉÉC du Bon-Berger
Address: 2850 Eglinton Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1J, Canada | Telephone: 416-986-6414
“Notre établissement se veut un milieu d’apprentissage et de vie, où la francophonie et les valeurs humaines et religieuses prennent tout leur sens au sein de la communauté franco-ontarienne.” As originally published by ÉSC Père-Philippe-Lamarche
Address: 3176 St Clair Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1L 1V6, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5252 | Fax: 416-393-5559
“From the youngest students in our Early Learning Program (Kindergarten) to our 14-year-old grade eight graduates, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School strives to meet the spiritual needs of every student. While we have been created as unique individuals, our faith is the common fibre that binds us all – students, staff and parents. The staff and parents of Our Lady of Fatima are committed to nurturing a culture of high expectations.” As originally published by Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School
Address: 14 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough, ON M1L 3E4, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5241 | Fax: 416-393-5801
“St. Dunstan is a community in which Gospel values are an integral part of all aspects of school life. The Religion and Family Life programs, which are part of the regular curriculum, provide the basis to ensure that students learn in an environment which stresses spiritual, academic, social and physical development.” As originally published by St. Dunstan Catholic School