Prairie Drive Park / Warden Woods Labyrinth as glimpsed through eastbound TTC subway train window


Growing up in Toronto, one invariably will travel the subway system. For years, just east of the Victoria Park station, I would spot this wading pool in the park officially known as Prairie Drive Park but most people think of it as the south end of Warden Woods.

I always thought of the many thousands of people who look through the window of the subway train, and see this empty circle of concrete.

In May 2007, I finally got around to painting a labyrinth there. The circuits are white and I used a thin paint brush. Those choices made it less easy to identify from the distance of a speeding train what it is than I would have liked.


Nevertheless, now and then, when the train approaches Victoria Park Station slower than usual, one can look north out the window of the train and see a labyrinth.

Today I tried to do just that as we rocketed eastbound towards Warden Station.

I still wonder if seeing it from the train is enough of a visual curiousity, to have ever caused someone to intentionally exit the subway at Victoria Park Station to walk back to Prairie Drive Park to see the labyrinth up close?

warden woods wading pool chalk labyrinth outline 7 lane 8 circuits

Often, between late afternoon and sunset, one can spot children running or biking around the lanes of this labyrinth as their parents sit on the benches and watch.

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