Art Fair and Variety Show PARC Fundraiser

Posted on March 9, 2017

The Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre is hosting a fundraiser Art Fair and Variety show!

Come out to 151 Glenlake Ave on April 29th and enjoy the community festivities. The $10 ticket covers entrance into the art fair which runs 12pm-6pm, finger food, and the Variety Show, which starts at 6:30pm. There will be a cash bar, food, and desserts available while you peruse the original art and take in the performances!

All proceeds go to PARC

High Park Prescribed Burn

Posted on March 9, 2017

City of Toronto Urban Forestry is planning to undertake a prescribed (or “controlled”) burn in High Park in early spring 2017.

City staff and burn consultants are monitoring the weather and on-site ground conditions to determine the optimal time window for the prescribed burn. Once ideal weather conditions are achieved and a burn date has been selected, a News Release will be issued to notify the public, a minimum of 24 hours before ignition.

Red shaded areas on the provided map show planned burn zones in the park.

During the implementation of the burn, access will be temporarily restricted in areas near the burn site. Roadways may
be temporarily blocked to ensure the safety of park users.

Prescribed burns are part of Urban Forestry’s long-term management plan to restore and protect Toronto’s rare black oak woodlands and savannahs. A prescribed burn is a deliberately set and carefully controlled fire that burns low to the ground and consumes dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems, but does not harm larger trees. Fire-dependant ecosystems like black oak savannahs, contain prairie plants that respond positively to prescribed burning and grow more vigorously than they would in the absence of fire.

Under ideal weather conditions, the smoke from the prescribed burn will rise without impacting the surrounding neighbourhoods. It is possible however that weather conditions could change and that smoke from burning
vegetation reach residential areas near the park.

It is recommended that all residents close windows or leave the immediate area at the time of the burn to avoid any potential sensitivity to the smoke.

The 2017 burn will be the 14th prescribed burn in High Park. It follows the tremendous success of the Black Oak woodland and savannah restoration programs which Urban Forestry began in 2000 in High Park, and 2002 in South Humber and Lambton Parks.

For more information about the prescribed burn program and ongoing forest management, please visit

Milky Way Garden Community Visioning Workshop

Posted on March 9, 2017

The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust intends to purchase the Milky Way Garden, a 7000 sq ft green space, to transform it into a dedicated urban agriculture space for Parkdale.

They are holding a Visioning Workshop where participants will be guided through the visioning process to define objectives as they relate to the redesign on 87 Milky Way into a community space for urban agriculture.

Monday, March 13th, 2017
6 – 8 pm, Parkdale Library Auditorium

Tibetan translation will be provided. Please contact through the link below for additional translation needs.

To RSVP email or call 647-438-0038

Adopt-a-Park-Tree Program and Young Urban Forest Leaders Reminder

Posted on March 9, 2017

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming event!

Do you have an interest in helping tree thrive in your community? Join us to learn about our Young Urban Forest Leaders and how they could help you start an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program in your local park!

LEAF is working in partnership with the City of Toronto to provide assistance to 3 community groups interested in starting an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program in their local park (which engages volunteers to water and care for newly planted trees).

The program matches 4 young women (aged 18-24), trained and mentored by LEAF, with each of the 3 selected community groups. They spend the spring and summer helping the community kick start an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program. The goal is to have the community set up to continue the program on their own for years to come.

They are currently accepting applications from both community groups and youth until March 31st. Find program details and application links HERE.

Anyone interested is encouraged to join the public information session on Saturday March 18th at Metro Hall.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Cost: Free

Metro Hall, Room 308
55 John Street
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

Building is wheelchair accessible. Indoor event followed by optional mini tree tour along paved and grass surfaces.

March 2017