Thomson Memorial Park

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Thomson Memorial Park
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Location of the park in Toronto
Type Urban park
Location 1005 Brimley Road
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°45′28″N79°15′19″W / 43.75778°N 79.25528°W / 43.75778; -79.25528 Coordinates: 43°45′28″N79°15′19″W / 43.75778°N 79.25528°W / 43.75778; -79.25528
Area 41.8 hectares (103.3 acres) [1]
Owned by City of Toronto
Operated by Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation

Thomson Memorial Park is a midsize park on 1005 Brimley Road in the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. [1] It is the site of the Scarborough Historical Museum [2] and includes historical houses of the founding family of the former city, the Thomson's, from the 1790s; more Thomson houses are found on the northern edge of the park on St. Andrew's Road (number 1 and 142 have designating plaques), as well as the adjacent St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (1818) and Cemetery. [3]

Brimley Road thoroughfare in Toronto, Ontario

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Scarborough, Toronto Place in Ontario, Canada

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Toronto Provincial capital city in Ontario, Canada

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Located near Lawrence Avenue East and Brimley Road, the park has, among other facilities, an outdoor baseball diamond and soccer field in the north end and tennis courts to the south. It also has picnic areas, playgrounds, wading pools, and dog parks. [1]

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The park follows the West Highland Creek, a tributary of the Highland Creek, and is served by bicycle paths. There are also many paths located throughout the wooded ravines, showing a glimpse of the nature within the city. [1]

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In 1956, a site north of the creek at Brimley Road was excavated and assessed by the University of Toronto. It was determined to be a Huron-Wendat village site dating to the late 1200s. The site is believed to be linked to the Taber Hill ossuary located a few kilometres east. The spot is marked by a plaque erected by the Township of Scarborough. [4] At the time, the Reeve of Scarborough, Gus Harris was seeking to open a museum or recreated "Indian village" as an attraction for Scarborough. Another Wyandot village site was found in 2000 north of L'Amoreaux Park (North), which may also be linked to this site. [5]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "Parks, Forestry & Recreation : Thomson Memorial Park". Toronto. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  2. "Parks, Foresty & Recreation : Scarborough Historical Museum". Toronto. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  3. "Descendants of David Thomson" . Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  4. "Indian Village Site". Torontoplaques.com. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  5. Archaeological Services Inc. "Report on the Stage 3–4 Salvage Excavation of the Alexandra Site" (PDF) (pdf). Retrieved October 31, 2016.