Walk two blocks east of bustling St. Clair and Yonge, and you’re in a different world altogether – Rosehill Park, Rosehill Garden, the Summerhill neighbourhood of Victorian-era homes, and David Balfour Park and ravine. Rosehill Reservoir, built in 1873/74, covered over in the 1960’s, became the city’s first environmentally friendly green roof. Adjacent Rosehill Garden was built on a former playground.
ROSEHILL GARDEN, built on a former playground, was a joint City and neighbourhood project, and took five years of negotiating and fundraising to complete. Year ’round it’s one of TORONTO’s most beautiful public spaces.
<BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO – the uncovered Rosehill Reservoir in 1933, Toronto City Archives>