Etobicoke Centre is located on the western side of Metropolitan Toronto. It has a rich history with interesting residents and neighborhoods. Of note are:
- The neighborhood of Eatonville
- Centennial Park
- James Gardens
Consisting of that part of the City of Toronto described as follows: commencing at the
intersection of the westerly limit of said city with Highway No. 401; thence easterly along
said highway to Highway No. 427; thence easterly along said highway and Eglinton
Avenue West to Martin Grove Road; thence northerly along said road to Dixon Road;
thence easterly along said road and its easterly production to the Humber River; thence
generally southeasterly along said river to Dundas Street West; thence southwesterly
along said street to the Canadian Pacific Railway; thence southerly along said railway to
Mimico Creek; thence generally northwesterly along said creek to Kipling Avenue;
thence southerly along said avenue to Bloor Street West; thence westerly along said
street to Highway No. 427; thence southerly along said highway to Dundas Street West;
thence westerly along said street to the westerly limit of said city; thence generally
northwesterly along said limit to the point of commencement.
This community is named after Timothy Eaton of Eaton’s department store fame who, along with his descendants, bought 369 acres of land on both sides of Highway 427 between Bloor and Burnhamthorpe. From 1891 to 1944, they produced milk, beef, pork and vegetables for their downtown Toronto store. The name is remembered today in Eatonville Public Library and Eatonville Junior School.
Centennial Park is a large regional park with many sports facilities, maintained by the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division of the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The park was opened in 1967 for Canada's 100 birthday by the then Borough of Etobicoke and was part of the Hirons' dairy farm (the remaining part of the farm was sold for residential development in 1968.
In 1976, the park was one of two venue sites for the 1976 Summer Paralympics.
In 1998, when the six municipalities comprising Metropolitan Toronto were amalgamated, the park was integrated into Toronto Parks and Recreation from the former City of Etobicoke Parks Department
In 2015, the park hosted the BMX cycling at the 2015 Pan American Games. After the Games, the BMX track became a legacy site for public use
The park has a variety of features including:
- Centennial Park Conservatory
Etobicoke Olympium, a large athletic centre that was built in 1975.
Centennial Park Ski & Snowboard Centre, a small alpine skiing hill. It features one t-bar and a conveyor lift, serving one intermediate slope, one beginner slope, and a snowboard slope. It is one of two ski hills located within the boundaries of Toronto, the other being the North York Ski Centre.
- Centennial Hill was the site of a municipal dump and the south end was used as a transfer station.
- Centennial Park Stadium, a 3,500 seat capacity stadium that is primarily used for athletics, soccer and occasionally for kabaddi.
- Centennial Park Arena 2 pads
- In the mid to late 1970s there was a Motocross track at Centennial park, open for riding and also held Motocross races on Sundays. Mike Austin's MRAC Motorcycle Racing Association of Canada ran the races.
- 8 lane polytan track and field facility
- go-cart track
- golf course 120 acres
- picnic areas
- 7 soccer fields
- one baseball diamond
- five softball diamonds
- Designated Toboggan Hill
- Splash Pad
- Playground Equipment
- Flying Circles
- 2 Cricket Pitches
- Disc Golf Course
- Exercise Course (Kiwanis)
- 7 acres marshland/wetlands
- 11 acre man made pond
- Centennial Park Pan Am BMX Centre
James Gardens is a public botanical garden in Etobicoke area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada along the Humber River. It was a former private estate sold to the City of Toronto and now managed by the Toronto Parks Department.
James Gardens consists of broad lawns, numerous flower beds, specimen plantings, rock gardens, nature trails, three large and four small ponds fed by a spring and connected by a stream, a carp pool, and a lawn bowling court. It is connected to the Humber River pedestrian and cycling trail.
Each year thousands of flowers and over 75,000 tulips are planted in the beds, whose designs and materials are changed annually in the rock gardens and under the well-pruned trees and shrubs. Each year, there are tens of thousands of visitors, and many weddings and receptions are held on the grounds of James Gardens.