Amesbury is a family oriented Toronto neighbourhood that is divided in the middle by Black Creek Drive and the Black Creek Valley. Despite being small in size the neighbourhood has its own schools, community centre, public library and sports clubs. The geography of Amesbury has portions of ravine woodlots, many hills and an abundance of mature trees.
The first settler in Amesbury was John Denison, a United Empire Loyalist who acquired land here in 1804. The Denison family became influential members of the Toronto establishment. The family made vast contributions to Toronto’s early political and military affairs.
The Denison’s owned large parcels of land in downtown Toronto, Richmond Hill, and along the Humber River south of Lawrence Avenue. There is the St. John’s Cemetery-on-the-Humber located at the end of Denison Road which has been the private cemetery of the Denison Family since 1861.
The present day Amesbury neighbourhood was subdivided for residential in the 1940’s. Members of the Denison family continued to own property in this neighbourhood up until the early 1930’s.
East of Black Creek Drive you will find curvilinear streets and numerous culs-de-sac that feature well kept bungalows and storey-and-a-half brick houses. There are a few semi-detached houses in this part of Amesbury and many of the homes were built in the 1950’s and early 1960’s.
The older homes west of Black Creek Drive feature smaller two bedroom bungalows, an abundance of semi-detached housing, and a handful of newer homes. The streets circling Harding Park are lined with “Veteran Housing” or “Victory Housing,” Most of these cosy dwellings were built in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s for the returning World War II veterans.
The North Park Plaza is located at the south-east corner of Keele Street and Lawrence Avenue. In this plaza you can find a Wal-Mart department store, a large supermarket, a popular video store, small independent retailers, fast food restaurants, and professional and medical offices.
The Lawrence and Black Creek Plaza features restaurants, a dry cleaner, a photo shop, and professional and medical offices. Jane Street gives residents street level shopping with a wide assortment of food stores, retail shops and professional offices.
There are tons of recreational opportunities in Amesbury. At 1507 Lawrence Avenue West, the Amesbury Community Centre is an ultra-modern facility with a gymnasium and meeting rooms. The centre offers kindergym, music, art, and dance programs for preschoolers. Some of the programs offered include a Junior Kids Club, Senior Youth Basketball, Family Karate, and country, ballroom and square dancing.
Amesbury Park includes sports fields, a baseball diamond, tennis courts, and a children’s playground. The Amesbury Sports Complex has four indoor bocce courts, an outdoor hockey rink, a swimming pool and a basketball court.
Amesbury residents have ample opportunity to use public transportation. The area is served by public transit with north-south bus routes on Keele and Jane Streets and east-west bus lines on Trethewey Drive and along Lawrence Avenue. There is a rush hour bus service that runs along Maple Leaf Drive, Culford Road and Gulliver Road.
Bus routes provide connections to either the Bloor-Danforth or the Yonge-University-Spadina subway lines. Motorists have access to Black Creek Drive which runs through the centre of this neighbourhood. This road connects motorists to Highway 400 and 401.
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