Dufferin Grove, just like anything else, also had a beginning - which in this case starts with the Denison Family, who were early landowners in this area. After emigrating from England in 1792 they named their various estates by familiar monikers such as “Dover Court”, or “Rush Holme”. In 1834 they began building most of the area after clearing the forest. However, the land values would grow, and by the 1880s, the area was subdivided for residential purposes.
Dufferin Grove is a neighbourhood located inToronto, ON just west of downtown. The neighbourhood is bordered by Bloor Street West to the north, Ossington. Within the area, Dufferin Grove Park has received a lot of media attention in the past for its crucial role in rejuvinating the Dufferin Grove netsighbourhood and building a strong sense of community among residents of this neighbourhood. This park is basically its own community centre without any restrictive walls!
Many neighbourhoods in the city are collections of streets in search of a centre. Dufferin Grove, with its eponymous 14-acre park, happens to be an exception. The park creates a central point for this very local-based neighbourhood, and has given rise to a wide range of services and neighbourly gatherings—including potluck suppers, year-round farmers’ markets and a communal outdoor oven. The neighbourhood is quite family-heavy indeed, and Portuguese remains the dominant language in some areas. Brockton Village, which resides in the western half of the district, attracts the artists with its affordable prices. On the western front, Sterling Road is home to industrial buildings, some of which have been made into furniture stores, play space for sporting clubs and even the headquarters of the Toronto Backyard Axe Throwing League. The area off the railway tracks, widens outside the neighbourhood boundaries beyond Bloor may potentially see big changes in the future. Developers are planning to turn the area into a mixed-use neighborhood in the vein of Liberty Village or the Distillery District. The majority of Dufferin Grove houses were built between 1890 and 1930. Dufferin Grove's semi-detached and detached houses are actually larger than those found in most downtown Toronto neighbourhoods. The architectural style of the homes in Dufferin Grove range from early and late Victorian to Edwardian and English Cottage style designs.
Dufferin Grove Park is the most exciting community park in the city. It includes a community bake oven, a music circle, a campfire, a community flower and vegetable garden, live theatre, a summer music festival, arts and crafts classes, and a naturalization project. It also has traditional recreational facilities, including tennis courts, a basketball court, a wading pool, an artificial ice rink, and a playing field.
The West-End YMCA at 931 College Street has a gymnasium, a swimming pool, and community programs. The Bloor/Gladstone Public Library also offers community-based programs.