Penny Brown

Hard to believe that Wychwood Park was once a gated community. This small community is located just north of Davenport Road and just west of Bathurst St. It was founded as an artitst colony in the late nineteenth century by painter Marmaduke Matthews and Alexander Jardin. The community was then still a rural region on the edge of the city, and Matthews planned out a bucolic community named after his native Oxfordshire.

Wychwood Park is actually part of the Wychwood neighbourhood and as recognized as such by the City of Toronto. Yet, it is better known by Wychwood Park, it remains a private community. The streets and amenities are paid for by the local residents, and the community is managed by an executive council. The price for this privacy is a special park tax paid by every Wychwood Park home owner. This tax varies depending on the size of each property.

Wychwood Barns, a former Toronto Transit Commission streetcar maintenance facility located immediately to the north of Wychwood Park, was recently transformed into a community park, while much the original structure remains as a mixed-use community facility.

Wychwood Park has many highlights including The Stop Farmer's Market at Wychwood Barns, named Toronto's Best Farmers Market. The Market supports local agriculture by encouraging farmers to grow as sustainably as possible, and many of the participating farms are certified organic. The Stop is an incredible asset to the City of Toronto with a mission to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality.