Toronto Parks - Downtown area I hope I'm posting under the appropriate heading. There's been some debate about the state of Toronto parks in various threads, sometimes running off topic. More to the point, the condition of our parks such as Grange Park, the parkettes east of Yonge, south of Charles St., Alexander Street Parkette, Allan Gardens, Metro Hall Park etc. I thought it might be interesting to get some views on our parks going here and to consolidate it into one thread. There has been some discussion on the state of the parkettes east of Yonge which really got into my claw so I documented these three areas on Saturday April 25th. Keep in mind trees were just beginning to bud, flowers were only beginning to emerge and grass was still a little ratty at the time so these photos are not a true representation of what they look like by early to mid-May. I know there can be a few homeless folks in any park, including the above mentioned areas (big deal). Being a dog owner and taking long walks most days there's rarely a day that I don't hit a park within an hour's walk from where I live. I'm quite observant and I see what happens in the parks by day, and by night and I think some of our parks are getting a bad rap by a few people. I don't think they are poorly maintained (although there could always be improvement) and I don't see them as unsafe. I've had a few uncomfortable moments at Allen Gardens by day (aggressive panhandlers/verbally assaulted), but that was several years ago so I'll be spending some time there in the months to come to take it in. I photographed the three above mentioned parks to start with as they have come under a fair amount of criticism recently in terms of large numbers of homeless/drug users and poor maintenance - neither of which I agree with. However maintenance can certainly be in the eyes of the beholder. For those unfamiliar with this area, these parkettes were parking lots until about 10 years ago. More park photos to follow soon. Let's discuss! *** Click on the thumbnail to enlarge, then click again on the image for full size. George Hislop Park, between Charles & Isabella Sts., aside Casa Norman Jewison Park, between between Isabella & Gloucester Sts. James Canning Park, Gloucester & Dundonald Sts.