About Woodbine Park

Completed in 2002, the neighbourhood of Woodbine Park is located on the site of the old Greenwood Racetrack and is believed to be the largest residential development to have appeared in old City of Toronto in many decades. It spans 83 acres and is bounded by Coxwell Avenue to the west, Woodbine Avenue to the east, Lakeshore Boulevard to the south and Queen Street East to the north.

The neighbourhood has approximately 400 freehold single family homes and about 450 condo units in five buildings along the south side of Queen Street and two other low-rise condominium buildings on Boardwalk Drive.

The 28 acre park on the west side of the development is a nature lover’s paradise. The natural eco system, which includes a pond and a boardwalk that cuts through long grass and bull rushes, is home to many species of wildlife and birds. Residents have reported sightings of coyotes, foxes, turtles, beavers, swans and ducks just to name a few. The park also has wonderful human-made attractions such as the water play area, playground, climbing wall, soccer fields and a bandshell where many concerts, such as the Beaches Jazz Festival and Waterfront Blues Festival, are held.

The site was used as a horse racing track for 150 years. It was originally known as Woodbine Raceway, then later Greenwood.

The street names in Woodbine Park commemorate the history of the site and surrounding area. Northern Dancer Blvd is named after the most famous racehorse in Canadian history. There’s Winners Circle, Sarah Ashbridge, in honour of one of the early settlers of the Coxwell-Queen Street East area, and Joseph Duggan, who was the owner of the racetrack back in the 1880s and was one of the founders of the Ontario Jockey Club.

This entry was pulled from Wikipedia:

Greenwood Raceway is a defunct horse racing facility in Toronto Inaugurated in 1874 as Woodbine Race Course at the foot of Woodbine Avenue and Lake Ontario, it was owned and operated by two gentlemen named Pardee and Howell. Within a few years financial problems resulted in the property reverting to Joseph Duggan, the original land owner and retired innkeeper. In the early 1880s Duggan founded the Ontario Jockey Club (OJC). The facility hosted seasonal harness racing for Standardbred horses and flat racing events for Thoroughbreds.

In just over a decade, with its close proximity to Lake Ontario, the boardwalk, and the bustling retail strip of Queen Street East, Woodbine Park has matured into one of the most popular residential neighbourhoods and destinations in Toronto and the Beach.

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