The park has a community recreation centre. It has two indoor pools, gymnasium, fitness centre, indoor walking/running track and multi-purpose rooms. Adjacent to the centre, in the park, are a volleyball court, large playground, and children’s outdoor wading pool. Also in the park are eight outdoor tennis courts located in the south-east corner and an outdoor ice skating rink at the north-east boundary. There is also field space for soccer, football, and rugby, as well as three softball fields along the east boundary.
Trinity Bellwoods is a favourite place for local residents to walk their dogs. The ravine, known as the dog bowl, is the designated leash-free area.
The park is home of white squirrels, the subject of urban folklore in the city. The Toronto Special newsmagazine featured White Squirrel hunts in a past issue.
The diverse variety of native and imported trees planted throughout the park, in various stages of growth from young to mature, provide a brilliant display of fall colour against the deep green grass.
In winter the night view of the Toronto skyline rising above the ravine is extraordinarily beautiful, especially looking east from the Discovery Walk pathway near the western boundary.
Tall black Victorian-style iron lamp poles along the main paths provide safe but soft illumination and a charming touch of character.
Trinity Bellwoods has been the site of many recent cultural events, including an anarchist bookfair, live theatre, performance art, and informal summer drumming circles. The recent explosion of art galleries a few blocks west of the park on Queen Street will likely only encourage this welcome trend.
In June 2007 a weekly farmers market opened in the northwest corner of the park, at Shaw and Dundas. The market runs from 3 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday from June to October, rain or shine.
The largest annual cultural event in the park is Portugal Day, organized by the local residents and businesses of Portugal Village and the Portuguese community of Toronto. In the northwest corner of the park there is a small reminder of the diverse Latin American character of other nearby neighbourhoods: a bust of Simón Bolívar which was donated to the city.
The alleys and laneways which surround Trinity Bellwoods park have become an impromptu art gallery open to the public for one weekend in August for the past four years: Alley Jaunt.
The park is the site for an annual art sale in September as part of the Queen West Art Crawl.
And it is also home to section 3 of the Nuit Blanche art festival.
It was originally chosen as the site of the G20 protests on June 26–27, 2010, but Toronto Police announced that they would use the area north of Queen’s Park instead after local residents opposed the use of Trinity Bellwoods Park as a protest site.
Toronto loves Woodies and belles: A collection of photographs of the fashionable figures in Trinity Bellwoods park.
Poster design by Jack Dylan.