Etobicoke - Eringate Real Estate
West Deane Park
West Deane Park was farmland before the land was bought in the 1930s by construction magnate Percy Law. On the land, Law raised cattle and racehorses, kept a storage depot for construction equipment and built a Colonial Revival style home. In the 1960s the land was sold to developer, Edmund Peachey, who built much of the development. Peachey named the area West Deane Park after his wife, whose maiden name was Deane. Today the area is populated with a variety of income levels, backgrounds and housing types.
Another forgotten niche neighborhood has been known as VALLENGROVE PARK: marked in the early 60's by a red brick entrance (West Deane still has its named entrance) at the then- connecting Birgitta Crescent- to the long-gone off entrance from the southbound service road of then Highway 27 (a farm house stood here right at the ramp), and leading into the suburb between that west of 27 towards Wellsworth Park, and halfway north along Odessa Ave. and as far as Renforth. That new area was built in 1961/ the older area further north along Odessa and out branching roads was built a few years earlier: wherever one sees the old wood hydro poles instead of concrete. Vallengrove Park was once farmland- cows bones were found by children digging around before all areas were paved and settled, and another farm was at the location of Catholic church-Nativity of Our Lord and was torn down at same time.
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When the 27 was expanded into the 427, the east loop homes of Summerfield Crescent were expropriated around 1967, and moved to Bramalea- part of their front lawns can be seen today at the sound barrier wall. Wellsworth school was opened in 1960 when hundreds of tulips were given by Holland for planting- tulips are still grown there almost 50 years later. The area's high school was the now gone Vincent Massey Collegiate Institute. It closed in 1986 with a reunion there and Centennial Park. The northern most part of The West Mall- an important and very busy artery today- ended as a bumpy, dirt bicycle path a short distance south of its intersection at Rathburn. The south end of that unfinished part continued to the edge of Burnhamthorpe, where this author's great- uncle Percy Bishop built the new Etobicort Mall across from the Shaver/Bishop farm house- then directly at the corner of Burnhamthorpe and The West Mall. Mr. Bishop gave land to Etobicoke in order for the road to be opened up, and had it built, around 1964. B. G. Terlecki
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