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Moore Park - Past
The neighbourhood takes its name from its developer, John T. Moore. To encourage buyers, he built two bridges in 1891: the original steel bridge on St. Clair over the Vale of Avoca Ravine, and the original wooden bridge on Moore Avenue over Spring Valley ravine. He also helped establish the Belt Line railway service to the neighbourhood. The development was marketed to the wealthy, and the neighbourhood remains wealthy.
The safe, winding streets help create a very cozy and private feeling, a quality highly valued in a district so close to the city core. With so much nature at its doorstep, and easy access to acclaimed public and private schools, it is definitely not surprising that Moore Park is one of Toronto's most sought after neighbourhoods.
Homes in Moore Park
Moore Park lots are generally quite large, and some of the residents of Moore Park have back doors onto the wilderness of the area’s magnificent ravine system. The sturdy old houses are often Tudor and Georgian style, built between 1908 and 1930. Moore Park also contains many newer townhouses as well as a fair number of duplex and multi-plex homes.
For such a high end neighbourhood it is somewhat surprising that many of the houses have shared rather than private driveways. However, the streets are so quiet and uncluttered that parking is not a problem.
Shopping in Moore Park
Moore Park residents do most of their shopping at either Yonge and St. Clair or around Mount Pleasant Road and Davisville Ave. Both these areas are well known for their varied shopping choices, gourmet food shops and fine dining, and the busy Yonge St. and St. Clair area also has a wide variety of business and medical services, boutiques, and groceries catering to the busy professional. Moore Park residents who live in the more secluded south-east pocket of the neighbourhood can also walk across a railway overpass to the small collection of neighbourhood stores on Summerhill Avenue.
Recreation in Moore
Nature and fitness enthusiasts will enjoy the Moore Park Ravine foot path, an 8 kilometre trail that passes through the Rosedale Ravine, the Mt. Pleasant cemetery, and the old Don Valley brickworks, now called the Evergreen Brick Works and home to a strong eco movement including a seasonal farmer's market.
Moorevale Park, one block east of Mount Pleasant Road, has five tennis courts, a baseball diamond, and a wading pool.
Mooredale House, at 146 Crescent Road, is a community centre run by the Rosedale and Moore Park resident associations. There is a small annual fee to join Mooredale, which offers sports, fitness, arts, and music programs for adults and children. For movie-goers Moore Park is close to a number of theatres on Yonge Street and Mount Pleasant Road, including repertoire theatres the Regent and Mt. Pleasant.
Moore Park has bus service on St. Clair Avenue, Mount Pleasant Road and Moore Avenue. The Yonge and St. Clair subway station is within walking distance of many Moore Park houses. Motorists have quick access via Moore Avenue to both the Bayview Extension and the Don Valley Parkway.