Dorset Park

West Birkdale Park
514 Midwest Road
This walk-to parkette is bordered on the north side by a residential neighbourhood. There is a paved path that connects the park from Annette Avenue to Midwest Road to Great West Drive. There are benches to sit on and a gazebo to provide shade and shelter to park visitors. The playground has swings, climbing equipment and a slide for children to have fun with at this park.

Kennedy Commons
2021 Kennedy Road
The small road that runs through the property is named after William Kitchen, the founder of Lansing Lumber (later known as Lansing Buildall). William opened his first location in the then Village of Lansing, now in North York, in 1951, and eventually opened a location here. The area was completely undeveloped and his store was the first to open on the property. The store was located at the south end of the complex, near where the pet supply store is now. Kennedy Commons was established years later, in 1999, and takes up an entire city block with almost 500,000 square feet of retail space. It was developed with the goal of creating an integral shopping district on the northern end of the Kennedy Road BIA, topping the 3.5 kilometre-long business improvement area. The BIA was founded in the 1980s and today supports the over 300 businesses in the area.

Glamorgan Park
50 Antrim Crescent
This Scarborough park features a ball diamond, outdoor basketball court, children's playground and splash pad.

Mondeo Park
80 Mondeo Road
A small park featuring a gazebo and a children's playground.

Dorset Park
5 Glaive Drive
This 2.4-hectare park features a ball diamond, children's playground and open green space.

East Side Mural
2450 Lawrence Avenue East (best viewed from either the outside of Lawrence East Station or on the north side of the Lawrence Avenue East bridge)
The East Side Mural is attributed to Sady, a member of the Graffiti Knights, a group of Scarborough street artists, and covers an entire wall next to the station. The Graffiti Knights formed in 1982 and were well known for their creations across Scarborough, which were painted in high visibility locations during the 1980s and 1990s.

Mike Myers Drive
Mike Myers Drive and Kennedy Road
Mike Myers Drive was given its name in 2002 by developers in the area. The award-winning actor grew up nearby, and began acting in commercials at the age of two. In the early 1980s he began making appearances on CityTV as the infamous Wayne Campbell, his character made popular in the 'Wayne's World' films. In 1986, Myers joined the cast at Second City in Toronto and then in 1989 joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Following his success with 'Wayne's World', Myers also appeared in films like 'The Cat in the Hat', the 'Austin Powers' series and the 'Shrek' series. Mike Myers has been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame as well as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2017.

David Wright 'Arrival' Mural
2231 Lawrence Avenue East
Located at the entrance of the McGregor Park Community Centre, this mural designed by artist David Wright explores ideas of migration and arrival. It depicts migrating Canada geese transforming into monarch butterflies that arrive and alight on a fishpond. Inside is artwork created by local youth and the McGregor Park Library. The library and community centre are linked together by a 130-square metre space called The Commons. The space was built in collaboration with, and for, the young people in the community.

McGregor Park
2231 Lawrence Avenue East
A 3.9-hectare park that features two ball diamonds (one with lights), three lit tennis courts, two basketball courts, a splash pad and a children's playground. The park is adjacent to the McGregor Park Recreation Centre.

Ted Hamer Artbox
3 Flora Drive
Painted by Ted Hamer, this artbox project, initiated by Michael Cavanaugh, transforms non-descript outdoor utilities infrastructure into local works of art making the streets more inviting to residents and visitors, and act as a skills-building gateway into mural-making for emerging artists.

Toronto Public Library: McGregor Park Branch
2219 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1P 2P5
Poems For Your Path
Artists from various disciplines present messages of hope and resilience throughout the city in the form of text-based visual art installations.
Mark Reinhart

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Artists from various disciplines present messages of hope and resilience throughout the city in the form of text-based visual art installations.
Mark Reinhart
Toronto Public Library: McGregor Park Branch
2219 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1P 2P5

Check out main street storefront art installations, in the neighbourhood or nearby, created by Local Arts Organizations and Business Improvement Areas across the City.

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We hope that you enjoyed exploring this Toronto neighbourhood and found many other points of interest along the way. While StrollTO highlights some of the 'hidden gems' in the neighbourhood, there may be others that could be included in a future edition. Would you like to share a point of interest that you discovered in the neighbourhood? Email us at [email protected].

Neighbourhood Stroll

This Scarborough neighbourhood features plenty of stores in the Kennedy Road BIA and part of the Wexford Heights BIA along Lawrence Avenue East, where you can find a wide array of Middle Eastern establishments. The neighbourhood also includes beautiful green space scattered throughout its several residential areas.

Main Streets: Kennedy Road, Ellesmere Road, Lawrence Avenue East and Midland Avenue
  1. West Birkdale Park
    514 Midwest Road
    This walk-to parkette is bordered on the north side by a residential neighbourhood. There is a paved path that connects the park from Annette Avenue to Midwest Road to Great West Drive. There are benches to sit on and a gazebo to provide shade and shelter to park visitors. The playground has swings, climbing equipment and a slide for children to have fun with at this park.
  2. Kennedy Commons
    2021 Kennedy Road
    The small road that runs through the property is named after William Kitchen, the founder of Lansing Lumber (later known as Lansing Buildall). William opened his first location in the then Village of Lansing, now in North York, in 1951, and eventually opened a location here. The area was completely undeveloped and his store was the first to open on the property. The store was located at the south end of the complex, near where the pet supply store is now. Kennedy Commons was established years later, in 1999, and takes up an entire city block with almost 500,000 square feet of retail space. It was developed with the goal of creating an integral shopping district on the northern end of the Kennedy Road BIA, topping the 3.5 kilometre-long business improvement area. The BIA was founded in the 1980s and today supports the over 300 businesses in the area.
  3. Glamorgan Park
    50 Antrim Crescent
    This Scarborough park features a ball diamond, outdoor basketball court, children's playground and splash pad.
  4. Mondeo Park
    80 Mondeo Road
    A small park featuring a gazebo and a children's playground.
  5. Dorset Park
    5 Glaive Drive
    This 2.4-hectare park features a ball diamond, children's playground and open green space.
  6. East Side Mural
    2450 Lawrence Avenue East (best viewed from either the outside of Lawrence East Station or on the north side of the Lawrence Avenue East bridge)
    The East Side Mural is attributed to Sady, a member of the Graffiti Knights, a group of Scarborough street artists, and covers an entire wall next to the station. The Graffiti Knights formed in 1982 and were well known for their creations across Scarborough, which were painted in high visibility locations during the 1980s and 1990s.
  7. Mike Myers Drive
    Mike Myers Drive and Kennedy Road
    Mike Myers Drive was given its name in 2002 by developers in the area. The award-winning actor grew up nearby, and began acting in commercials at the age of two. In the early 1980s he began making appearances on CityTV as the infamous Wayne Campbell, his character made popular in the 'Wayne's World' films. In 1986, Myers joined the cast at Second City in Toronto and then in 1989 joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Following his success with 'Wayne's World', Myers also appeared in films like 'The Cat in the Hat', the 'Austin Powers' series and the 'Shrek' series. Mike Myers has been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame as well as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2017.
  8. David Wright 'Arrival' Mural
    2231 Lawrence Avenue East
    Located at the entrance of the McGregor Park Community Centre, this mural designed by artist David Wright explores ideas of migration and arrival. It depicts migrating Canada geese transforming into monarch butterflies that arrive and alight on a fishpond. Inside is artwork created by local youth and the McGregor Park Library. The library and community centre are linked together by a 130-square metre space called The Commons. The space was built in collaboration with, and for, the young people in the community.
  9. McGregor Park
    2231 Lawrence Avenue East
    A 3.9-hectare park that features two ball diamonds (one with lights), three lit tennis courts, two basketball courts, a splash pad and a children's playground. The park is adjacent to the McGregor Park Recreation Centre.
  10. Ted Hamer Artbox
    3 Flora Drive
    Painted by Ted Hamer, this artbox project, initiated by Michael Cavanaugh, transforms non-descript outdoor utilities infrastructure into local works of art making the streets more inviting to residents and visitors, and act as a skills-building gateway into mural-making for emerging artists.
  11. Toronto Public Library: McGregor Park Branch
    2219 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1P 2P5
    Poems For Your Path
    Artists from various disciplines present messages of hope and resilience throughout the city in the form of text-based visual art installations.
    Mark Reinhart

Accessibility information: All points of interest are viewable from paved park trails or sidewalks. Mondeo Park has a combination of both paved and cobblestone park trails.

Soundtracks of the City

From global superstars to local favourites and ones to watch, the Soundtracks of the City playlists all feature artists who have called Toronto home. Whether it’s a lyric about the neighborhood, an artist representing a cultural community, or a tie-in to the StrollTO itinerary itself, all the music reflects connections to an individual ward or the City as a whole.

Music was chosen based on an artist’s Spotify presence and each song’s broad appeal, as well as its associations with the cultures, languages and ethnicities that reflect Toronto’s neighborhoods and diverse music scene. Soundtracks of the City combines 425 songs that feature more than 500 different local artists or acts, showcasing songs in 23 different languages.