Handy with a brush? Or just want to volunteer, contribute to the community and have a coffee and pizza with neighbours? Join the volunteers painting the interior ground floor of the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse… it’s needing some TLC since our last painting day five years ago (!).
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up, or use the Contact page. All supplies provided including coffee, snacks, lunch, tunes. Volunteer for prep day and painting day, or just one day, or just one hour… everything helps! All ages (yes, you too, high schoolers looking for hours).
Prep day: Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Painting day: Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
To learn more about the amazing group of volunteers see:
Spring Egg Fun
Sunday, March 24, 12 to 3 p.m.
Join this annual community event held on the grounds and inside Colborne Lodge. Children enjoy egg hunts and colour eggs using natural dyes inside historic Colborne Lodge. $3 for egg hunts and $1 for egg dyeing.
Urban Forestry is again planning for a prescribed burn in High Park for this spring 2013. They are currently beginning our notification process and will be circulating notices to community libraries, local community centres, and have put up park notices in High Park.
The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division will undertake a prescribed or controlled burn in High Park in early to mid April. The actual date of the prescribed burn will be chosen to coincide with ideal weather conditions and will be announced 24 to 48 hours prior to the burn.
Park use will be restricted during the burn. Notices will be placed at park entrances advising users that the burn is taking place on the specific scheduled date. People walking in the park will be restricted from entering areas that are being burned, and park users should expect some temporary road closures in High Park on the day of the burn.
Prescribed burns have been safely executed in the past by the City’s Urban Forestry unit, and are part of the long-term management plan to protect and sustain Toronto’s rare black oak woodlands and savannahs in High Park, Lambton Park and South Humber Park. These rare vegetation communities are at risk of extinction not only in Toronto but throughout North America.
Under ideal weather conditions, the smoke from the prescribed burns will lift and will not affect surrounding neighbourhoods. However, it is possible that some smoke will reach residential areas near the park. Individuals with asthma or high sensitivity to poison ivy may wish to limit their exposure to smoke by staying inside and keeping windows closed, or leaving the area on the afternoon of the burn.
A Fire Boss with extensive provincial firefighting and prescribed burning experience has written the approved burn plan, and will be responsible for ignition. Fire Boss is an Ontario designation for a certified individual who has full responsibility for planning and carrying out a burn with a qualified crew. Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff will assist with the burn, and Toronto Fire Services and the police will also be on hand to assist as needed.
During the months to follow, City staff, scientists, naturalists and volunteers from the community will monitor and analyze the beneficial effects of the burn and undertake additional forest management if needed.”
Earth Hour Candle Safety
Toronto residents will join millions of people around the globe by switching lights off to celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m.
The City of Toronto reminds everyone to keep fire safety in mind during the lights-out period on Saturday. Many sources of fires are on the decline, but candle fires have increased in recent years. Toronto Fire Services recommends not using candles. Instead, use a battery-powered flashlight when light is needed during Earth Hour.
If candles are used, please follow these fire safety tips:
– Always stay in the room where candles are lit.
– Extinguish all candles when leaving the room.
– Avoid using candles in bedrooms.
– Keep candles at least one metre away from anything that can burn.
– Keep candles, matches and lighters hidden and out of the reach of children.
– Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip or burn. Consider using a candle holder that encloses the flame in a glass shade or chimney.
– Extinguish candles when they burn to within five centimetres (two inches) of their holder.
– Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every storey of your home.
– Practise your home fire escape plan.
More information about fire safety is available at http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention
Call for entries for 2013 Toronto Urban Design Awards
The Toronto Urban Design Awards return this year. Designers, developers, project owners, community groups, design students and others are invited to enter eligible projects no later than 4 p.m. on May 16.
Submission categories in this City of Toronto program include Elements, Private Buildings in Context, Public Buildings in Context, Small Open Spaces, Large Places or Neighbourhood Designs, Visions and Master Plans, and Student Projects. The City encourages design students to enter theoretical or studio projects that relate to Toronto.
The Toronto Urban Design Awards – presented every other year – recognize achievements in urban design, architecture and landscape architecture. Good design creates a city that is functional and attractive, benefiting residents, businesses and visitors alike.
Celebrating excellence in urban design promotes higher standards for the built environment and Toronto’s public places. The awards also highlight the design and development community’s important contribution to Toronto’s look, livability and vitality.
The 2013 entries will be adjudicated by a panel of independent design professionals consisting of Marianne McKenna, Founding Partner, KPMB Architects; Cecelia Paine, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Guelph; Jeremy Sturgess, Principal, Sturgess Architecture; Eric Turcotte, Partner, Urban Strategies Inc.; and Toronto urban affairs journalist Matthew Blackett, Publisher and Creative Director of Spacing.
The City will hold an evening awards ceremony and reception on Wednesday, September 11 to celebrate the entries and announce the winners. The 2013 ceremony is a ticketed event that will bring together urban designers, architects, landscape architects, planners, land developers, builders, urban policy- makers, design professionals, artists and interested community members from across the Toronto region.
More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/tuda.
Search for Easter Eggs….
Come to High Park Zoo, search for Easter Eggs between 11-3pm on Saturday and Sunday, March 23rd and 24th… and March 29th. 30th and 31st. Bring them to the Llama Pen and enter a draw for a Chocolate Easter Bunny, to be drawn on March 31st. at 2.30pm.
To find out more about the friends of the high park zoo please see: