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About Playter ​Estates

Home Instead Senior Care  provides in home care for residents in  Playter Estates.

Playter Estates' boundaries are Broadview Avenue to the west, Jackman Avenue to the east,  Danforth Avenue to the south  and Fulton Avenue to the north.

Playter Estates  is an exclusive enclave of homes located just east of the Don Valley. This neighbourhood has many desirable features including beautiful homes, a first class shopping district on Danforth Avenue, and convenient access to transit.

Playter Estate Area Am​​menities for Seniors

Tran​sit:

Non-Medical transportation for Seniors to important appointments can also be arranged with accompaniment through your local Home Instead office.

Broadview and Chester TTC stations are nearest to Playter Estates. Broadview is wheelchair accessible and includes east/west subway trains, north and southbound buses/streetcars).

Streetcars  run from Broadview Station south and then west along King Street (route 504) and Dundas (route 505).

 Wheel-Trans provides door-to-door accessible transit service for persons with physical disabilities using accessible buses, contracted accessible and sedan taxis.  Their strict eligibility guidelines can be discussed via appointment by calling 416-393-4111.  Once eligibility is confirmed, reservations are at 416-393-4222.

Toronto Ride provides door-to-door, assisted transportation to seniors 55+ and adults with disabilities who are not eligible for Wheel-Trans. This partnership of 14 not-for-profit agencies in Toronto can be reached at 416-481-5250.

Seniors may be eligible for an Accessibility Parking Permit through the City of Toronto.  Inquire at 416 235-2999.

Parks, Communi​ty Centres:

Woodgreen (at  815 Danforth Avenue) offers help in English, Mandarin and Cantonese with Outdoor Jobs, Social Work, Personal Support, Friendly Visiting,  Inter-generational Teaching, Intro Computer Courses, Transportation Services, Caregiver Support Program/Group Counselling, Crisis Outreach Service for Seniors, Group Dining, Psycho-geriatric Case Management and a Bereavement Support Group.  They run an Adult Day Program at 721 Broadview Avenue and  815 Danforth Avenue  with supervised social and recreational activities on site for English and Chinese speaking seniors who are frail or have dementia.   416 572-3575.

Frankland Community Centre & Pool  (at  816 Logan Ave just south of The Danforth) is located in Frankland School and offers programs for all ages. 416-392-0749.

Riverdale Park East, which is located south of the Danforth, is one of Toronto's largest parks and has a swimming pool, rink, tennis courts, sports field, walking/running track, an ice rink, sports fields and access to the Don Valley Ravine with  trails along the Don River.   It also offers stunning views of the cityscape.

Withrow Park  is a 8.5-hectare urban park with an ice rink, wading pool, tennis courts, ball diamonds, volleyball courts, sports fields, and a leash-free area.  It was  created in the 1910's  and is among Toronto's large multi-purpose parks. The park goes from Logan Avenue to the West,  Carlaw Avenue to the east, Bain Avenue on the south and nd McConnell Avenue on the north. Withrow Park was named after John Jacob Withrow (1833–1900), a local landowner and builder, who also served as a city alderman and was one of the founders of what would become the CNE.

Librari​es:

Both the Pape/Danforth (at 701 Pape Avenue) 416 393-7727 and the Riverdale  (at 370 Broadview Avenue near Gerrard Street) 416 393-7720 branches are wheelchair accessible and offer books, films, internet access and community-based programs.  Riverdale also offers multilingual (Chinese/English) programs and services.

Hospitals, Clinics ​and Healthcare:

The nearest hospital is Toronto East General Hospital, located at 825 Coxwell Avenue (at Sammon Avenue) and has an emergency department.  416 461-8272.

Bridgepoint Active Health (at 14 St. Mathews Road near Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street) is the newly renovated hospital that has been internationally recognized for dedication to getting patients and their families living with complex health conditions back to their lives. Bridgepoint is the single largest organization in Canada to focus exclusively on research, care and teaching for people with complex health conditions.  416-416-8252.

Albany Medical Clinic is right in Playter Estates, located at 807 Broadview Ave and Pretoria. offers a walk in clinic, physiotherapy and medical diagnostics. 416 461-9471.

Did you kno​w?

Playter Estates was originally named after Captain George Playter, an United Empire Loyalist who emigrated to Canada in the 1790's from Pennsylvania. He was alotted land on both sides of the Don River near Castle Frank.  This area was farmland until 1912.

Many of the family names are recognizable on nearby street names.  George's son John Lea Playter married Sarah Ellerbeck, for whom Ellerbeck Street is named. Jackman Avenue is named for John Lea Playter's wife, Mary Jackman.

It was John's grandson John Lea Playter built the Playter  Farmhouse at 28 Playter Crescent, on the east side of the Don in the 1870s and in the early 1900s, when the family subdivided their holdings, they left the house alone on a large tract of farmland.  For most of the 20th century, the home belonged to Madeline Playter and her widowed sister Mary Moore and they rented the farmhouse to a series of boarders.   It even appeared in a string of television shows and movies, including the 2001 Jennifer Lopez thriller Angel Eyes. In October of 2006, the women sold it to a neighbour and it has undergone significant construction since. 

Danforth Avenue was named after Asa Danforth, an American contractor  commissioned in 1799 to cut the Danforth but didn't actually build it. The Don and Danforth Plank Road Company built Danforth Ave in 1851, connecting it to Broadview Ave and creating a viable route to communities down near Queen St East and Kingston Road.   It was once a sleepy byway that ran through open fields, market gardens, brickyards, scattered houses, the odd church, and occasional hotel or roadhouse.

Danforth Music Hall  was originally the Allen's Danforth movie theatre, built in 1919.  It was promoted as "Canada's First Super-Suburban Photoplay Palace", the theatre opened in the midst of both a building boom along Danforth Avenue.

Greektown on the Danforth is one of the largest Greektowns in North America.  The area has experienced a wave of gentrification as higher-priced restaurants and bars have moved in.  It boasts one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per kilometre in the world. 

The area hosts a huge event each August called Taste of The Danforth which celebrates Greek food and culture. The owner of Papa's Grill started the event that continues to grow exponentially (as high as 1.3 million people over the three-day event) along this 2 kilometres stretch from Broadview Avenue to past Jones Avenue.

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