High Park Toronto Sports Facilities
High Park offers many sports facilities for sports enthusiasts.
There are six public tennis courts in the park and the Howard Park Tennis Club offers private memberships. For more information call 416-769-5600. Non-members can play as well but on busy days there is a time limit (30 mins - 1hr) to give other players a chance to play.
On the west side of Colborne Lodge Drive there are three baseball diamonds and two soccer fields. Permits for these fields must be obtained by calling 416-394-5595.
The outdoor swimming pool - near the baseball diamonds - is open during the summer until Labour Day. Open all week. Lap swimming is from 9:30am-10:30am on Tuesday and Thursday and 7-8pm on all other days. Leisure swim is from noon to 3:45pm and 5pm to 6:45pm. On occasion the pool may be open later if the weather is very nice (hot) but call ahead to make sure. Their number is 416 392 7807 or call 311. The wading pool is Saturday to Friday 10:30am to 5pm for children under 12 years. Admission is free!
The ice skating rink is only open in the winter months - it's where the tennis courts are (the courts become the skating rink).
Other than tennis, baseball, soccer, swimming and ice skating you can play "free style" games such as badminton or practice with a rugby ball. The park is full of beautiful trails ideal for running and walking / jogging. I've even seen groups running around the park in lacrosse team uniforms and field hockey uniforms to train for their season. If you like running on dirt trails versus on sidewalks then you will love High Park! (of course, you can run / roller blade on the sidewalks too, we just enjoy dirt roads a lot more)
Riding bicycles is only permitted on paved roads and remember, no swimming or boats of any kind are allowed in the ponds.
I wish there was a canoe or paddleboat rental facility...I heard there used to be one and hopefully one day the city will start it up again. One quick note to bicyclists: we all love you, it's great to be pedaling around but please don't speed and zig-zag between people, it's scary and intimidating. Cheers!
In the winter, you can skate on the frozen Grenadier Pond (watch for signs, we received a few notes that skating is no longer allowed?) if the ice if thick enough and the park's extensive network of trails is ideal for cross-country skiing.
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