Living in Harwood
Harwood is a working class neighbourhood that is located on the top of an escarpment overlooking the Black Creek Valley. Harwood is bordered by the Black Creek on the north, and Lavender Creek on its southern and western boundaries. These natural barriers limit access to this quiet and unassuming neighbourhood.
History of Harwood
The Harwood neighbourhood emerged in the 1920’s with the opening of the Harwood Presbyterian Church on Weston Road. This church and the surrounding neighbourhood are named after a Ms. Harwood, who donated the land on which Harwood Church was built. The former Harwood Church situated at 274 Weston Road, is now in use by another church of Christian denomination. Harwood has traditionally been a working class community. Many of this neighbourhood’s earliest residents were employed at the Hinds Brothers brickyard or at the Overland Car factory which were both situated on Weston Road. Harwood’s second phase of residential development took place after World War II. New home development currently underway along St. Clair Avenue West should help to revitalize this old Toronto neighbourhood.
Homes in Harwood
The houses in the Harwood neighbourhood were built over a very long period of time beginning in the early 1900’s and progressing until the 1960’s. These houses include many different styles of bungalows and semi-detached homes. Many of the houses on the peripheral streets bordering this neighbourhood are situated on a high plateau of land that offers excellent views of the Black Creek Valley. A new home subdivision is currently being developed along St. Clair Avenue West.
Lifestyle in Harwood
Harwood residents can walk to the shopping district along Weston Road. This retail corridor features small variety stores, home improvement stores and restaurants. There are also large leather and shoe factory outlets along this route. The St. Clair Avenue West retail corridor is also brimming with convenience type stores and restaurants. “Big Box” retailers including Canadian Tire and Home Depot have recently opened in this shopping district.
Recreation in Harwood
Harwood is one of the few Toronto neighbourhoods to have its own designated community Town Hall. The Harwood Hall, located at 85 Cayuga Avenue is used extensively by the Harwood Seniors Group and the York Lions Steel Band. It is also used for community meetings. Harwood Park is located across the street from the Harwood Public School. This park features a baseball diamond, a children’s playground, a walking path and little hills that are used for tobboganing. Cayuga Park, located off Cayuga Avenue, has a modern children’s playground and a walking path that leads down into the Black Creek Valley.
Transportation in Harwood
The Rockcliffe Avenue bus and the Weston Road bus connect passengers to the Runnymede and the Keele stations respectively, on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The St. Clair Avenue West bus connects to the St. Clair West station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. St. Clair Avenue West is a major arterial roadway that guides passengers into the downtown core. From Black Creek Drive, motorists are approximately ten minutes to Highway 400 and 401.