History of Area
Prior to 1989 the land on which our homes sit today was a vacant airport
right of way immediately east of the Downsview Air Force Base . In 1998-99
Bramalea obtained this last large parcel of land in the area and began
development of the first half of the Balmoral community. The original vision for
an exclusive, self-serviced gated community changed as the market changed. The
second half of the Balmoral community was developed by Shane Baghai and Tribute
Balmoral Time Capsule
The centrepiece of Balmoral is undoubtedly Joel Swirsky Parkette encircled by
a quaint cobblestone roundabout in Joel Swirsky Boulevard. Buried at the base of
a soaring copper sundial is a time capsule. The
Balmoral Time Capsule was sealed by Mr. Ben Swirsky, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Bramalea Limited on September 14, 1989 at the Grand Opening
of the Balmoral Community. It is dedicated to the First Residents of Balmoral
and is scheduled to be opened on September 14, 2014 by the City of North York
The Original Balmoral Homeowners Association
The original Balmoral Homeowners Association was formed in 1991 and was
chaired by Ron Richardson. The group collected funds from the original
homeowners that enabled them to deal with several issues and provide services to
the community. Some examples included:
- BHA gave homeowners a unified voice to negotiate with developers.
- As the community developed, BHA was there to establish architectural
standards that made Balmoral a distinct and attractive community.
- BHA lobbied with city to improve services – sidewalks, walkways and
- BHA participated in city planning for the lands on Wilson Heights
(Downsview Air Base Land Development Committee).
In the early years, BHA worked together by organizing events, solving
problems and providing community services, for example:
- spraying and pruning grass and rose bushes along Wilson Heights
- establishing community programs and events such as a Balmoral Playgroup,
a Summer Carnival and Neighbourhood Watch
- hiring a joint advocate to facilitate a Tax Assessment Review
- liaising with Toronto Police to keep us updated on community safety and
Renewal of BHA in 2003
Several members of the Balmoral Community met at the Montecassino Hotel on
November 13, 2002 to talk about issues facing the community. At the conclusion
of the meeting, a group of volunteers agreed to meet and explore issues raised
at the meeting, make plans to renew and refocus BHA and communicate them to all
members of the community.
The BHA Volunteer Committee comprised of:
||Louie and Lina Naccarato
||Ron and Marlene Richardson
||Ken and Valerie Stief
Members came from all over the neighbourhood and represented a variety of
perspectives of homeowners who have moved into the community since its
beginning. They recognized the need to develop a strong voice to represent
residents’ concerns and protect the integrity of the community. A mission
statement was formulated to guide the association in its efforts to build
community spirit and make Balmoral the ultimate community to live in within the
booming metropolis of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.
The Balmoral Homeowners Association was formally incorporated on July 3, 2003.
Residents of Balmoral are eligible for membership in BHA. The Initiation Fee was
set at $200.00 per household, with annual membership renewal set at $100.00. The
membership year begins on November 1. The fiscal year ends on April 30. The Annual
General meeting (AGM) is usually held in early November. A call for nominations
for elections to the BHA Board goes out 30 days prior to the AGM.
Some of the major accomplishment of the BHA since its rebirth in 2003 are:
- Repair and repainting of ornamental ironwork in community, a $23,000
project, at no cost to the community.
- Installation of a water park in the parkette
- replacement of the playground, a $100,000 project at no cost to the
- installation of lighting in rotary park
- planting of annuals in rotary park
- repair of cobblestone circle on Joel Swirsky Boulevard
- refinishing and sealing of stone paving in rotary park
- planting of flower beds at Wilson Heights Entrance
- maintenance and upkeep of public grounds and areas
- food drive for North York Food Bank.
The association needs members to join the Board and/or volunteer to organize
community activities to make Balmoral a more vibrant and desirable community to
If you are interested in participating, please contact Ron Richardson at