Humbertown Park officially opened in grand style on Friday, September 25! Thank you again to our generous community of supporters for 'Investing in Play' for students today and for generations to come at KCS.
Humbertown Park Official Opening was a well-attended celebration that recognized the important day in the history of the Humbertown Park.
Derek Logan, Head of School welcomed students, current and alumni families, Deputy Mayor Stephen Holyday and representatives from the City of Toronto, members of our local residents associations, our construction partners lead by the TriAxis team, the Earthscape Play team, park committee members, investors and members of our community.
Since KCS opened our school doors in 1989, Humbertown Park has been home to KCS students for over 12,000 recesses, 30 Sports Days and 14 years of Terry Fox Runs.
In addition, Humbertown Park has a rich history in the Kingsway community and was even the Toronto Argonauts’ practice field from 1993-1995. This park has been well-used and well-loved by the community for many decades.
Regular use caused the park to get worn down over the years and consequently, it needed renovations. Five years ago, KCS led the charge to restore this park and make it a fun and functional place for members of the Kingsway community and KCS students to learn, play, grow and make memories.
Through the charitable support of our lead donors, KCS alumni family Paul Vessey and Kathleen Flynn, as well as other investors in play in support of the Humbertown Park Renovation Project, the dream to transform this special park became a reality.
Deputy Mayor Holyday was on hand to provide a few words on behalf of The City of Toronto.
Lead donor, Paul Vessey and Kathleen Flynn, the Deputy Mayor, and KCS Board Chair, Alan Bowman, along with Derek Logan and Hallie McClelland, Director of Advancement cut the ribbon to officially open Humbertown Park.
In closing, Derek reminded all attendees that this is a City of Toronto park; a community park that KCS uses and to be good neighbors and welcome any visitor to the park. And I invite and encourage you all to keep active, play and make memories here.
Derek thanked everyone for attending and those who contributed in making this park a reality for all of the children and the young at heart living in our community.
Quoting George Bernard Shaw: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.”
Finally, KCS students were presented with an official Humbertown Park Opening commemorative ball when they returned to their classroom.