Check out the evolution of one of Toronto’s longest-running ballparks


Domico Field, now home to the Independent League Toronto Maple Leafs, has undergone many upgrades over the years. (Toronto Archives)

Long before the Toronto Blue Jays took up residence in Exhibition Stadium and Rogers Centre, Torontonians watched — and played — high-level baseball in a multitude of venues. While many of those have disappeared or remained simple neighbourhood fields, one continues to expand and evolve.

Christie Pits Park (originally Willowvale Park) sits northwest of Rogers Centre on Toronto’s Bloor subway line. Its main diamond, now known as Dominico Field, has been in service for over 100 years and currently serves as home base to the storied Independent League Toronto Maple Leafs.

Two other diamonds have been added over the years. In 2016, Jays Care Foundation donated money to add lights to Diamond 3, southwest of Dominico, creating hundreds of hours of additional playing time for local teams. The lights will be officially unveiled this Saturday.

Check out how much Dominico and the park as a whole have changed over the years — and how much has stayed the same — using the slider tools on the images below.

Willowvale Park field in 1920 | Dominico Field today

Willowvale Park field in 1922 | Dominico Field today

Willowvale Park field in 1920 | Dominico Field today

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