Rustic

Julian Raigoza Artbox
2029 Jane Street
The box's design consists of two characters talking to each other using a string telephone. Both characters are made out of the same visual shapes and silhouette. One character is from the past, whereas the other is a modern, hip character. Both of them are connected and intertwined by the cable of the string telephone, which wraps around the box.

Falstaff Park & Community Centre
50 Falstaff Avenue
Falstaff Park has outdoor basketball courts, a playground and sports pad. The Falstaff Community Centre, located next to the park, offers a wide range of free programs for all ages. Youth-specific programming is offered year round. Three murals were installed on the wall of the community centre as a 2016 Cultural Hotspot project. These murals reflect the people, landmarks and nature that make this community unique. Each mural was created with illustration, photographs and photo collages by 30 dedicated local youth participating in UrbanArts' Rustic Mosaic Project, a collaboration with artist Zeesy Powers. UrbanArts is a non-profit charitable organization that offers arts-based programs with a mandate to promote, engage and facilitate cultural and community development opportunities between artists, arts organizations and community members and organizations.

Rustic Park
35 Raven Road
Rustic Park is an open green space with a playground, outdoor table tennis and chess tables. A covered gazebo and benches are also found in the park.

Maple Leaf Park
320 Culford Road
Maple Leaf Park is a 5-hectare green space with three lit outdoor tennis courts, four lit outdoor bocce courts, two lit basketball courts, a ball diamond and a children's playground. Outdoor chess tables, benches and walking paths are also found in the park.

Gracefield Park
175 Gracefield Avenue
Gracefield Park is a 1.1-hectare park that features a children's playground and open green space.

Chaminade College School
490 Queens Drive
Chaminade College School first opened in 1965. The school is well known for its extensive athletic programs. School alumni include football player Teuvan Smith, hockey player Mark Giordano, and musician Lukas Rossi. Students from Chaminade were also responsible for an amendment to the Smoke Free Ontario Act that prevents adults from smoking in vehicles with children under 16 years old. Bill 69 was adopted in 2008 as a result of a petition submitted by these high-schoolers.

Ricardo Parkette
180 Maple Leaf Drive
The newly renovated playground at Ricardo Parkette features a new junior/senior play structure with barrier-free play features, overhead climber, spring toy and swing set including a new barrier-free swing. Armour stone frames the outer edges of the playground and allows children to practice balancing skills. Engineered wood fiber forms a springy playground floor surface that both cushion falls and supports wheelchair weight. Perimeter-located benches allow family members and caregivers to supervise the fun!

Black Creek Drive
50 Maple Leaf Drive (along the Black Creek Drive overpass)
*Note: Please use caution when observing the highway from the bridge. Black Creek Drive was originally intended to connect Highway 400 to the Gardiner Expressway. This ambitious cross town link was started in the 1960s, and by 1966, the southward extension to Jane Street had been completed. Land had been acquired through Black Creek Valley to Eglinton Avenue to further the expansion. The cancellation of the Spadina Expressway (a proposed parallel north/south route through the city) signalled the beginning of the end of the Black Creek extension. Plans to continue the road to Eglinton Avenue in 1976 were finally turned into what we see today. The current stretch of Black Creek Drive opened in 1982, running from Jane Street to Weston Road. The bridge at Maple Leaf almost perfectly marks the transition from highway to city street.

Thomas Dannenberg Artbox
1889 Jane Street
Toronto is a mosaic of cultures and a shining model for the rest of the world. The mosaic consists of tiles, glass beads, shards of pottery with various patterns on them.

Upwood Greenbelt
44 Marshlynn Avenue
Upwood Greenbelt backs onto Black Creek and the river valley. There is a children's playground and bocce courts in the park.

Explore Rustic

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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

Stroll through Rustic and explore this residential neighbourhood that offers plenty of outdoor green spaces, playgrounds, and bocce ball courts. A number of local shops can be found along Keele Street and Lawrence Avenue West.

Main Streets: Jane Street
  1. Julian Raigoza Artbox
    2029 Jane Street
    The box's design consists of two characters talking to each other using a string telephone. Both characters are made out of the same visual shapes and silhouette. One character is from the past, whereas the other is a modern, hip character. Both of them are connected and intertwined by the cable of the string telephone, which wraps around the box.
  2. Falstaff Park & Community Centre
    50 Falstaff Avenue
    Falstaff Park has outdoor basketball courts, a playground and sports pad. The Falstaff Community Centre, located next to the park, offers a wide range of free programs for all ages. Youth-specific programming is offered year round. Three murals were installed on the wall of the community centre as a 2016 Cultural Hotspot project. These murals reflect the people, landmarks and nature that make this community unique. Each mural was created with illustration, photographs and photo collages by 30 dedicated local youth participating in UrbanArts' Rustic Mosaic Project, a collaboration with artist Zeesy Powers. UrbanArts is a non-profit charitable organization that offers arts-based programs with a mandate to promote, engage and facilitate cultural and community development opportunities between artists, arts organizations and community members and organizations.
  3. Rustic Park
    35 Raven Road
    Rustic Park is an open green space with a playground, outdoor table tennis and chess tables. A covered gazebo and benches are also found in the park.
  4. Maple Leaf Park
    320 Culford Road
    Maple Leaf Park is a 5-hectare green space with three lit outdoor tennis courts, four lit outdoor bocce courts, two lit basketball courts, a ball diamond and a children's playground. Outdoor chess tables, benches and walking paths are also found in the park.
  5. Gracefield Park
    175 Gracefield Avenue
    Gracefield Park is a 1.1-hectare park that features a children's playground and open green space.
  6. Chaminade College School
    490 Queens Drive
    Chaminade College School first opened in 1965. The school is well known for its extensive athletic programs. School alumni include football player Teuvan Smith, hockey player Mark Giordano, and musician Lukas Rossi. Students from Chaminade were also responsible for an amendment to the Smoke Free Ontario Act that prevents adults from smoking in vehicles with children under 16 years old. Bill 69 was adopted in 2008 as a result of a petition submitted by these high-schoolers.
  7. Ricardo Parkette
    180 Maple Leaf Drive
    The newly renovated playground at Ricardo Parkette features a new junior/senior play structure with barrier-free play features, overhead climber, spring toy and swing set including a new barrier-free swing. Armour stone frames the outer edges of the playground and allows children to practice balancing skills. Engineered wood fiber forms a springy playground floor surface that both cushion falls and supports wheelchair weight. Perimeter-located benches allow family members and caregivers to supervise the fun!
  8. Black Creek Drive
    50 Maple Leaf Drive (along the Black Creek Drive overpass)
    *Note: Please use caution when observing the highway from the bridge. Black Creek Drive was originally intended to connect Highway 400 to the Gardiner Expressway. This ambitious cross town link was started in the 1960s, and by 1966, the southward extension to Jane Street had been completed. Land had been acquired through Black Creek Valley to Eglinton Avenue to further the expansion. The cancellation of the Spadina Expressway (a proposed parallel north/south route through the city) signalled the beginning of the end of the Black Creek extension. Plans to continue the road to Eglinton Avenue in 1976 were finally turned into what we see today. The current stretch of Black Creek Drive opened in 1982, running from Jane Street to Weston Road. The bridge at Maple Leaf almost perfectly marks the transition from highway to city street.
  9. Thomas Dannenberg Artbox
    1889 Jane Street
    Toronto is a mosaic of cultures and a shining model for the rest of the world. The mosaic consists of tiles, glass beads, shards of pottery with various patterns on them.
  10. Upwood Greenbelt
    44 Marshlynn Avenue
    Upwood Greenbelt backs onto Black Creek and the river valley. There is a children's playground and bocce courts in the park.

Accessibility information: All points of interest are viewable from the street. Some residential streets along this stroll may not have sidewalks.

The StrollTO itineraries may follow routes that do not receive winter maintenance. Please review winter safety tips and for more information contact 311.

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.