History 2

“One of the finest softball diamond to be found anywhere was completed this year.  A stand to accommodate 350 people was erected behind the softball backstop.  An area, seeded in the spring, is available for soccer.  The goals were erected and the grounds marked out.  The public schools are planning to use this ground for their soccer games.  The plans for next year include the addition of more stands, the floodlighting of the softball diamond, grading, loaming and seeding of the outfield grass, plus the addition of another softball diamond and a hardball diamond.“[1]

“[In 1947] A survey of park athletic facilities revealed that we had four park, Todmorden Park was in the valley at the bottom of Don Mills Rd; Dieppe Park, an old farm, was located between Linsmore Cr. and Greenwood Ave. [along] Cosburn Ave.  This park was partially developed with a softball diamond and bleachers in the northeast corner, Unfortunately this area had lost much of it’s top soil and the clay that was left became a soggy mess every time it rained. Cedarvale Park was filled-in ravine land that ran along Cosburn Ave. between Cedarvale Ave. and Oak Park Ave.  The plans for this park called for the laying of topsoil, grading and the demolition of two old houses on the park boundaries.  Topham Park was the fourth.  It had been a market garden and was now set aside by Council as a park.  It was undeveloped at this time.

“The remaining facilities included Cosburn Park and East York Collegiate.  Cosburn Park, at Durant and Cosburn Ave. was home to the Cosburn Park Lawn Bowling Club.  Behind the bowling area were three cinder tennis courts.  The Board of Education offered me the use of East York Collegiate.  Council eventually built a stadium beside the school, but in 1946, it was nothing more than sand dunes.  This was the extent of recreational park facilities outside of the school playgrounds.” [2]

“During the month of September 1944, at the request of Roy Turner, a meeting was arranged by a Committee of Council which had been appointed to deal with financial assistance to athletic organizations.  At this meeting, held at East York Collegiate, Council arranged to build two hockey cushions, along with a pleasure rink in Dieppe Park.  Council also agreed to flood the rinks and to build two shacks with stoves, that would serve as change rooms.  In January of 1945, hockey games were set up for boys in the Bantam and Midget age groups.

In November, 1973 the Parks and Recreation Committee recommends the construction of an artificial ice rink in Dieppe Park at an approximate cost of $250,000 which will be included in the 1974 Capital Parks Programme.  However, costs became such that application was made in 1974 to the Treasurer of Ontario for a loan of $400,000 under the Winter Capital Projects Fund to assist in the financing of the ice rink.  Construction of the ice rink was well underway when certain defeciencies were noted.  These deficiencies of construction were in the seating in the change rooms and team dressing rooms; snack bar; hydro control box; equiment storage room; hardware; life gate; outside electrical fixtures.  It was felt that not enough time was spent in the initial palnning and poor supervision and inspection during construction by Nicholas Fodor and Associates Limited was the cause of the problems.  Nicholas Fodor and Associates guaranteed the repair or replacement of the faulty areas of the building.  The ice rink officially opened on March 7, 1975[3]

For more history of Dieppe Park go to page 1.

[1] Page 8  East York Recreation – the Early Years by Stan Wadlow

[2] Page 2-3  ibid

[3]  Page 89  ibid


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