WaBASH Fall Festival is This Weekend

Posted on September 21, 2017

Bring your family, friends and neighbours to the party in the park! The bash on Wabash!

The Friends of Sorauren Park and its partners present The WaBASH Fall Festival, Saturday, Sept. 23 from 4–10pm at the park, 50 Wabash Avenue.

  • Great live music
  • Delicious food from local vendors including pizza from the park’s new community bake oven
  • Fun-filled Kids Zone including story telling with great local authors
  • Pup Show for dogs and their owners
  • Outdoor movies featuring classic Canadian shorts and the Oscar-nominated Fly Away Home… the final outdoor movies of the year.

Visit the WaBASH event web page for full event programming and updates.

Invictus Games Events at High Park

Posted on September 21, 2017

The Invictus Games are coming to Toronto and with it some exciting events. The Cycling Time Trial event is Tuesday September 26, 9:00 am to 2:15 am and the Criterium event takes place Wednesday September 27, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free and no tickets are required so stop by and watch! More information is available on the Invictus Games website.

As a result of the events the following roads will be closed to vehicle and bicycle traffic on the following dates:

September 22 from 12:01am to 12:00pm (ALL roads within High Park)

September 25 from 12:01am to 12:00pm (West Rd, Spring Rd, Centre Rd, Colborne Lodge Dr North of Centre Road)

September 26 from 12:01am to 3:00pm (West Rd, Spring Rd, Centre Rd, Colborne Lodge Dr North of Centre Road)

September 27 from 12:01am to 5:30pm (West Rd, Colborne Lodge Dr North of Centre Road)


Off-leash dog walking will not be permitted on Spring Rd. during event times.

Dogs must on a leash at all times during events.

Consider using the TTC, cycling, or walking to the park on these days.

Adopt-a-Street-Tree Info Session Oct 10th

Posted on September 19, 2017

City of Toronto and LEAF have been working to establish a more collaborative approach to commercial street tree stewardship in Toronto, enabling communities to take action and directly help the urban forest flourish.

Join us on October 10th at the Gladstone Library from 6:30pm to 8:00pm to learn more about the successes and challenges of commercial street tree stewardship and find available resources to help start a tree care project in your own community.

To learn more and to register for this free event check out LEAF’s website.

High Park Seed Collecting

Posted on September 19, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

Help collect native plant seeds to be used in next year’s plantings at the High Park Stewards’ restoration sites. Candidates include native grasses, such as Canada wild rye; little and big bluestem; and Indian, bottlebrush, and panic grass. There are also wildflowers, such as cardinal flower, harebell, milkweed, black-eyed Susan, cup plant, woodland sunflower, and many others.

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am, and go together to the site. All tools will be provided.

For more information:

Exhibition Place Community Liaison Consultation Meeting

Posted on September 14, 2017

You are cordially invited to attend the Exhibition Place Community Liaison Consultation Meeting. Councillor Grimes and Councillor Layton will co-host this meeting that gives nearby residents the opportunity to speak to any concerns they might have, ask questions about Exhibition Place, and discuss any issues.

Tuesday, September 19
Beanfield Centre, Room 203
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Click here to obtain event details and where to RSVP.

Additionally, if you are interested in subscribing for monthly updates on events and happenings on the Exhibition Place grounds, please click here.

WaBash Call for Volunteers

Posted on September 7, 2017

Know any teenagers looking for their volunteer hours? Or perhaps you would like to get involved yourself? Friends of Sorauren Park needs extra hands at the WaBASH Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Sorauren Park.

Shifts and jobs vary. Every volunteer will be provided with an event t-shirt and light food and drink during the shift. You’ll also have lots of instruction and direction. And it’s great fun!

They need:

Set-up Volunteers (1pm-4pm) — Many volunteers needed!

Food Zone Volunteers (3pm-8:30pm)

Kids Zone Volunteers (3pm-7pm) — Many volunteers needed!

Stage Show Volunteers (2pm-8pm)

Movie Set-up and Production (6:30pm-10pm)

Tear-Down Volunteers (8pm – 12am)

Welcome Booth Volunteers (3pm- 8pm)

Runners and Event Assistants (3pm-8pm)

Event Photographers (4pm-9pm)

Sign up here.

Toronto’s Parkland Strategy Open Houses

Posted on September 7, 2017

We need your help! We’re conducting Open Houses across the city about Toronto’s Parkland Strategy. We want your input on how to grow Toronto parkland for a growing, equitable and connected city.

Join us to learn more and participate in a mix of fun, interactive activities about the Parkland Strategy.

Scarborough Civic Centre
Location: Committee Rooms 1 and 2, 150 Borough Drive
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Regent Park Community Centre
Location: Banquet Hall B, 402 Shuter Street
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Etobicoke Civic Centre
Location: Meeting Rooms 1, 2, and 3, 399 The West Mall
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Lawrence Heights Community Centre
Location: Gymnasium, 5 Replin Road
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A city builds a park so that people can build community. Toronto is known for our parks and natural environment, and as Toronto grows, our parks system must grow along with it.

However, there are gaps in the system; areas in the city where more must be done. And we must reinvest and re-invigorate our existing green space.

Toronto’s parks system is much more than official city parks; it includes open spaces, conservation lands, ravines, hydro corridors, schools and other privately owned, publicly accessible lands. We need to work together to ensure a livable Toronto for today, and for future generations.

The Parkland Strategy is a 20-year plan that will guide long-term planning for new parks and expansion and improved access to existing parks.  It will aid in the decision-making and prioritization of investment in parkland across the city.

To learn more, and to join in the conversation, visit toronto.ca/parklandstrategy 

High Park Stewards Fall Planting

Posted on September 5, 2017

Join the High Park Steward as they plant a variety of native plants that thrive in the park’s black oak savannah! The Boulevard Beds group will also work to improve the demonstration garden.

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road

Late summer is perfect for viewing native species like goldenrods, asters, and native grasses. It is also a great time for planting native perennials, like smooth rose, cylindrical blazing star, cup plant, Joe Pye weed, black-eyed Susan, butterfly milkweed, harebell, wild bergamot, sky-blue aster, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia; grasses, like Indian, bottlebrush, little and big bluestem, Canada wild rye; and shrubs, like wild raspberry.

Meet the team in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am, and go together to the site. All tools will be provided.

Community Benefits Workshops for Parkdale

Posted on August 22, 2017

The Parkdale Community Economic Development (PCED) is hosting a series of Community Benefits Workshops for Parkdale on Wednesday August 30th and Thursday September 7th*.

Come learn about new developments arriving in Parkdale, discuss how they will impact the neighbourhood, and collectively develop ideas for how these developments can be best leveraged to benefit our community.

Building on workshops held earlier this summer with ESL students and the PARC Ambassador and Co-op Cred program, these workshops will provide a platform for community members to express their thoughts and suggestions on how to ensure that new developments in Parkdale benefit the local community and strengthen its four overarching values: Inclusiveness, Affordability, Diversity and Equity. The workshops will help to establish a set of community demands that developers must adhere to when building in Parkdale.

Food and refreshments will be provided. Please note that the library is wheelchair accessible. Contact mzayas@parc.on.ca for childcare and/or translation needs.

Spaces are limited. RSVP encouraged but not required: https://parkdale-community-benefits-workshops.eventbrite.ca

*Please note that these workshops are identical and participants need only sign up for one workshop.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 30th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement)

Date: Thursday, Sept.. 7th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement)

High Park Movie Night

Posted on August 22, 2017

Bring some chairs and blankets and get comfy because Councillor Sarah Doucette and CUPE Local 416 are holding a movie night in High Park. Come out next week for a free showing of Moana with free popcorn too!

Tuesday, August 29, 8:00pm
High Park’s Picnic Area 2, near the Bloor St. entrance to the park, beside the Chess House.
Bring your own chairs and blankets.
Weather permitting (check www.ward13.ca on the day of)

Cllr Doucette Movie Night Moana


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