“I love that there is such a beautiful creative park inside the city.”
#3 in Renfrew-Collingwood
2929 East 22nd Avenue
Renfrew Community is one of those places that is more a laundry list of things you can do than a fully integrated park, but those things are all very solid.
For starters, there’s the recently refurbished forested area around Still Creek (better staircases and an accessible walkway were added), which has surprisingly immersive small trails for being no more than 20 metres away from open air at all times. A fun bonus is the eerie Fruiting Bodies sculpture at the bottom, inspired by a Renfrew Ravine squatter named Ted Twetie who lived until he was 107 years old (what a sentence to write!)
With the renovations came a new off-leash dog park, one with a nice woodchip base and the excellent ambiance of the forest next to it.
As for the more traditional part of the park, a slope from the playground down to the sports fields gives some nice texture to the place, and there’s a rare lacrosse box in the northwest corner.
It’s the last park on our list that doesn’t attain “great” status — the play equipment is pretty old, there’s no clear journey through the park, and outside of a great pizza place on the southwest corner there’s not a lot nearby — but Renfrew is plenty interesting for a park anchored by a community centre.