The Christie Pits neighbourhood is named after the former Christie Sand Pits, a local landmark in this area which operated until the early 1900’s. Christie Street is named after William Mellis Christie, who co-founded the Christie & Brown Cookie Company in downtown Toronto in 1861.
Hockey in the old quarry
The Christie Sand Pits were rich in sand, gravel and clay deposits – remnants of the last ice age. These deposits were excavated in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and used in the construction of many of Toronto’s early roadways and public buildings.
By 1909, the Christie Sand Pits were depleted and the city turned the former quarry into Willowvale Park. However, the Christie Pits name has endured and is used in reference to the park as well as the surrounding neighbourhood to this day.
This is a very brief and incomplete history of the park and neighbourhood. If you are interested in contributing a more complete version we would love to hear from you. Please contact us.