Historic photos from around Riverdale park, Toronto

On either side of the Don River, just south of Bloor Street and the Danforth, is Riverdale Park. Divided by the Don Valley Parkway (DVP), Riverdale Park East has a running track, three soccer fields, and a baseball diamond. This half of the park was originally owned by John Scadding (who's 1840 cabin from this area was moved to the CNE grounds). It has long been a popular tobogganing site in the winter, and has been used for military parades as well as sports. Riverdale Park West is directly south of the Toronto Necropolis Cemetery, with the Riverdale Farm (previously the Riverdale Zoo) on the far west side of the park

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1872 Historic photo from 1872 - Henry Langley sketch: Chapel, Superintendants Lodge and Toronto Necropolis; elevations, plans and sections in Riverdale parkHenry Langley sketch: Chapel, Superintendants Lodge and Toronto Necropolis; elevations, plans and sections
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142 years ago - Riverdale park - 1872
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1878 Historic photo from 1878 - Castle Frank history - from the book Toronto of Old  in Riverdale parkCastle Frank history - from the book Toronto of Old
136 years ago - Riverdale park - 1878
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1878 Historic photo from 1878 - Drumsnab Estate overlooking the Don River from the book Toronto of Old in Riverdale parkDrumsnab Estate overlooking the Don River from the book Toronto of Old
136 years ago - Riverdale park - 1878
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1899 Historic photo from Wednesday, February 24, 1899 - After the breaking up of the Don River : entrance to Rosedale Creek sewer in Riverdale parkAfter the breaking up of the Don River : entrance to Rosedale Creek sewer
115 years ago - Riverdale park - Wednesday, February 24, 1899
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1900 Historic photo from Wednesday, February 9, 1900 - After the breakup of the Don River looking north from Gerrard Street bridge showing flooding in Riverdale parkAfter the breakup of the Don River looking north from Gerrard Street bridge showing flooding
114 years ago - Riverdale park - Wednesday, February 9, 1900
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1907 Historic photo from 1907 - Carrying dynamite to blow up Riverdale Park, Broadview Avenue in Riverdale parkCarrying dynamite to blow up Riverdale Park, Broadview Avenue
107 years ago - Riverdale park - 1907
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from Saturday, May 11, 1912 - Standing on the bridge over the Don looking west to Riverdale park in Riverdale parkStanding on the bridge over the Don looking west to Riverdale park
102 years ago - Riverdale park - Saturday, May 11, 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from Saturday, May 11, 1912 - Riverdale Park : looking north on east side of Don River in Riverdale parkRiverdale Park : looking north on east side of Don River
102 years ago - Riverdale park - Saturday, May 11, 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from Saturday, May 11, 1912 - Riverdale Park : looking northwest from near Gerrard St in Riverdale parkRiverdale Park : looking northwest from near Gerrard St
102 years ago - Riverdale park - Saturday, May 11, 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from Saturday, May 11, 1912 - Riverdale Zoo Park : duck pond when nearly dry in Riverdale parkRiverdale Zoo Park : duck pond when nearly dry
102 years ago - Riverdale park - Saturday, May 11, 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from Saturday, November 9, 1912 - General view  of Riverdale Park east side of Don river and playing field in Riverdale parkGeneral view of Riverdale Park east side of Don river and playing field
102 years ago - Riverdale park - Saturday, November 9, 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1913 Historic photo from 1913 - Riverdale Park free skating rink with the Necropolis in the background in Riverdale parkRiverdale Park free skating rink with the Necropolis in the background
101 years ago - Riverdale park - 1913
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1914 Historic photo from Saturday, January 17, 1914 - Winter tobogganing along Broadview in Riverdale parkWinter tobogganing along Broadview
100 years ago - Riverdale park - Saturday, January 17, 1914
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1914 Historic photo from Friday, July 10, 1914 - Group of men on site, from Drumsnab Road in Riverdale parkGroup of men on site, from Drumsnab Road
100 years ago - Riverdale park - Friday, July 10, 1914
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1917 Historic photo from Friday, June 1, 1917 - Riverdale Park foot bridge looking west, (Watchmans House left corner) in Riverdale parkRiverdale Park foot bridge looking west, (Watchmans House left corner)
97 years ago - Riverdale park - Friday, June 1, 1917
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1922 Historic photo from Friday, May 12, 1922 - Riverdale Zoo Park - waterfowl in the lower pond in Riverdale parkRiverdale Zoo Park - waterfowl in the lower pond
92 years ago - Riverdale park - Friday, May 12, 1922
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1922 Historic photo from Saturday, May 13, 1922 - Riverdale Park - panorama looking east in Riverdale parkRiverdale Park - panorama looking east
92 years ago - Riverdale park - Saturday, May 13, 1922
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1923 Historic photo from 1923 - The elephants at the Riverdale Zoo, Toronto in Riverdale parkThe elephants at the Riverdale Zoo, Toronto
91 years ago - Riverdale park - 1923
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1924 Historic photo from Saturday, August 16, 1924 - Panorama of lawn tennis courts in Riverdale Park, east side in Riverdale parkPanorama of lawn tennis courts in Riverdale Park, east side
90 years ago - Riverdale park - Saturday, August 16, 1924
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1925 Historic photo from 1925 - Riverdale Park - looking north-east across the duck pond  in Riverdale parkRiverdale Park - looking north-east across the duck pond
89 years ago - Riverdale park - 1925
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1925 Historic photo from Friday, May 29, 1925 - Riverdale Zoo enclosures (Motor Coach Department) in Riverdale parkRiverdale Zoo enclosures (Motor Coach Department)
89 years ago - Riverdale park - Friday, May 29, 1925
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1926 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 26, 1926 - Polar bear cubs, Riverdale Zoo in Riverdale parkPolar bear cubs, Riverdale Zoo
88 years ago - Riverdale park - Wednesday, May 26, 1926
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1955 Historic photo from Sunday, December 25, 1955 - Necropolis Cemetery -  High Victorian Gothic architecture by Henry Langley - 200 Winchester St. in Riverdale parkNecropolis Cemetery - High Victorian Gothic architecture by Henry Langley - 200 Winchester St.
59 years ago - Riverdale park - Sunday, December 25, 1955
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)