Our Community

One of our neighbourhood parks!  Withrow Public School is lucky to be situated between two amazing parks, Withrow Park and Riverdale Park East.

Here are some useful links about things happening in each!

Withrow Park

Friends of Withrow Park
A group of people who enjoy spending time at Withrow Park and who work to put together activities in the park and work towards park improvements. Click on their Facebook page for all the events, like the pumpkin parade, carols by candlelight, or the holiday camp fire!

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Other Cool Things Happening at Withrow Park


Withrow Farmers Market
June – October
Every Saturday.
Kids activities too!

Dusk Dances (summer)


An outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience – which invariably includes children, dog walkers and local residents – to eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park. Choreographers from various backgrounds are invited to perform a ten-minute piece inspired by the park’s natural environment. Audiences are invited on a pay-what-you-can basis to an innovative site-specific festival, which is not only an artistic event but a social and cultural one as well. 2019 will be Dusk Dances’ 25th season.

Shakespeare in the Ruff (August)


A Toronto based theatre company dedicated to the rebirth of a Shakespeare tradition in Riverdale and Leslieville. Annually performances in Withrow Park in the summer.

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Toronto Parks and Rec

Official Toronto Parks and Rec info for Withrow Park.
Includes the Withrow Clubhouse (kids activities, Tai Chi, yoga etc), skating rink, summer sports activities in the Withrow Soccer field.

Withrow Ball Hockey League 
Over 40 years and running, the amazing ball hockey league that plays games on the Withrow Park skating rink every Spring and Summer.  Registration is annually in January.  Season starts in April.

Riverdale Park

Friends of Riverdale Park East
This group is an informal gathering of people living near, and using Riverdale Park East.  Through identifying common interests or concerns, together we can protect and improve the park to best serve the community.

Toronto Parks and Rec – Riverdale Park East

The place to go for information about summer time city run swim lessons, opening times for the summer pool and winter skating rink.

Park Revitalization! In 2017 Riverdale Park East was revitalized with a new skating oval, rink, changerooms, and playground. The Taber Family Foundation worked with the City to have a new scoreboard installed.


The best tobogganing hill the city and a great place to run into friends from Withrow Public School.

Great news! Our wonderful toboggan hill in Riverdale Park will open as of December, 7, 2019 for the winter season.
The hill was closed last winter, without any warning, due to unsafe conditions caused by shifting soil and debris underground.  Staff have now removed the fencing and are cleaning up any remaining construction materials in the area. They ask that the hill be used only when the ground is frozen and there is a good covering of snow, as the restoration work could be damaged during mild weather when the ground is soft.

If you have any questions about this project please contact Ilona Lehtokoski, Project Manager, TRCA, at ilona.lehtokoski@trca.ca or Councillor Fletcher’s office at 416-392-4060 or councillor_fletcher@toronto.ca.

We acknowledge the land we live and meet on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.