Rabbittown, St. John’s

Rabbittown is a neighbourhood in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. It is located near downtown, and is bounded approximately by Empire Avenue, Freshwater Road and Newtown Road.

Rabbittown is generally a residential area. The area’s primary commercial enterprises are two grocery stores; Coleman’s and Sobey’s, as well as two barber shops and several independent, short-order restaurants. The area is also served by two convenience stores, a drugstore and one gas station.

The Rabbittown Community Centre which is located at 26 Graves Street, hosts a number of services for different age groups. There is a teen program, an afterschool program, an adults’ Rabbittown Community Association neighborhood group. Also on-site are an Employment counselor, a CAP site and a nurse.

The Rabbittown Theatre Company (who work from a facility of the same name) is a successful small theatre company located in the area, at the corner of Merrymeeting Road and Linscott Street. The Theatre (with its Company) are the only institutions other than the community centre to formally bear the name of the neighbourhood.

The Hub, which refers to itself as “The Physically Disabled Service Centre” is on Merrymeeting Road, in the heart of the neighbourhood.

The neighbourhood was the setting of Rabbittown, a CBC Television comedy pilot which aired as a special in 2006 but was not picked up to series.

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