PHP4 Climate Action Road Map to Environmental Action – POSTPONED

Posted on March 5, 2020

Update – This event is postponed until further notice.

Join your elected representatives from all 3 levels of government and various Parkdale-High Park environmental groups on April 6, 2020 at 20 West Lodge (May Robinson Apartments Auditorium). We will work together to design a community action plan to address the climate crisis. Light refreshments will be available (please bring your own cups). Doors open at 6:30pm

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Youth Paint Parkdale – March Break 2020

Posted on March 5, 2020

Youth Paint Parkdale is a free visual arts learning program for local youth (14-19) during the March break. The program will run Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20, 12-4pm.

Participants will learn basic art, design and mural-making skills from professional artists, gaining the skill and confidence to participate in public art projects in their communities. To register or for more information, visit

LEAF is looking for Young Urban Forest Leaders

Posted on March 5, 2020

Calling all community leaders interested in helping Toronto’s urban forest! 

Are you passionate about helping trees thrive in your neighbourhood?
Interested in having some help engaging the community in your tree initiative?

LEAF is looking for community partners to collaborate with our Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) program. YUFL participants will work closely with a community leader over a five-month period (May to September) to host outreach events, plant native species, deliver community events, and educate the community on the importance of native plants for urban wildlife.

Learn more and apply

Deadline for applications: Sunday, 5 April 11:59 PM

Join LEAF for the YUFL Information Session on Thursday, March 12th (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM). Register for the event HERE.

Have a TREEmendous day!

Swansea Town Hall Newsletter and Board Recruitment

Posted on March 5, 2020

Swansea Town Hall is seeking enthusiastic individuals who want to help improve the community centre by serving on the Board of Management. !

Please follow these links for more information. Apply online through the City of Toronto or drop by the Town Hall to pick up an application package:
LINK TO OUR >> Printable Application and Information package
LINK TO >> Apply Online – City of Toronto Public Appointments

They are seeking applicants who:

  • Have an understanding of and commitment to the neighbourhood and community within the Swansea catchment area;
  • Reflect the cultural and social diversity of the community;
  • Will conscientiously contribute their time and energy;
  • Bring integrity, dependability, skills and fresh ideas to the Board and its committees;
  • Have knowledge and understanding of community and public service;
  • Are team players who possess good communication and decision making skills and
  • Are expected to serve on Board committees dealing with matters such as governance, finance, community engagement, human resources and venue management.

The deadline for applications is Monday March 16th, 2020 at 12:00 noon. If you are not submitting your application online with the City portal or do not have access to a computer, hard copies of the application form will be available at the front desk during regular opening hours. Swansea Town Hall is located at 95 Lavinia Avenue; Toronto, ON M6S 3H9. Please submit your application to the attention of the Nominating Committee, Swansea Town Hall, at the above address or email it to  

Parkdale Seniors Information and Active Living Fair – March 12, 2020

Posted on March 5, 2020

Parkdale Golden Age Foundation is hosting a Parkdale Seniors Information and Active Living Fair. This is on March 12, 2020 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Ave.). There will be mini presentations on preparing for tax season, protection from fraud and coping with Alzheimer’s. Blood pressure and hearing screening will be taking place in addition to dance and tai chi demonstrations.

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Queen Street West Planning Study Report at TEYCC – March 12, 2020

Posted on February 27, 2020

City Planning have concluded the Planning Study of Queen St. West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street and will be submitting a report to Toronto and East York Community Council on March 12, 2020.

This Staff report summarizes the study, and proposed to amend the Official Plan by adopting ‘Site and Area Specific Policy 566’ for the properties fronting Queen Street West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street.

This policy is intended to:

  • guide the height, form and characteristics of new development to ensure it responds appropriately to the existing and planned context of the study and adjacent areas;
  • conserve and enhance the cultural heritage value and function of Queen St as a commercial main street; and
  • provide appropriate transition to adjacent low-rise neighbourhoods.

The proposed amendments to the Official Plan will also inform civic investment and improvements to transportation infrastructure, public open spaces and community facilities within this area.

The Staff report will be available on line at: Additional materials relating to the Study, as presented to the community in October 2019, can be accessed at

Please note that the Parkdale Main Street and West Queen West Heritage Conservation District Plans are scheduled to be presented to Toronto Preservation Board (TPB) and TEYCC in the fall of 2020. My office will keep you up-to-date as it moves forward.

Thank you to the many community residents who took part in this Planning Study by participating in community meetings, surveys, walking tours and events. Your commitment to the community is appreciated and helped to shape a Planning Report that celebrates this main street.

The item will be heard at 10 AM or as soon as possible thereafter on March 12, 2020 in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West. You are invited to attend the public meeting to speak to this item or submit written comment. Please contact the City Clerk at to request to be added to the speakers list and/or to provide your comments.

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Funding Opportunity – High Park-Western Beaches – Deadline March 31, 2020

Posted on February 27, 2020

Are you a REGISTERED CHARITY, NOT-FOR-PROFIT GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL hosting free activities in support of social, environmental and recreation initiatives in High Park and Western Beaches that needs funding?

Grants up to $3,000 are available to support Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR) objectives of environmental stewardship, promote activity, social well-being and/or other as outlined in PFR Parks Plan.

The Application Form is attached. Please note this form is now digitally fillable!

  • Deadline for applications is March 31, 2020.
  • To submit applications and for information and assistance, please reply to

Marlena Muller
Parks and Recreation

City of Toronto

High Park Office, 416-392-0019

Seniors’ Housing Forum – March 11, 2020

Posted on February 27, 2020

Join Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 10 am – 3 pm at CSI (192 Spadina Ave) for a forum to engage senior tenants on topics including eviction prevention, aging in place, human rights in housing, accommodations for disability, and housing laws generally. Register at . Contact Carly Bowie at or 416-944-0087 ext. 6.

Upcoming Friends of High Park Zoo events have been postponed or cancelled

Posted on February 27, 2020

March 28 – CANCELLED

This Earth Hour, connect with the Earth and your community. Come together and join the Friends of High Park Zoo & Green 13 for a walk through the High Park Zoo. Meet up at the Grenadier Restaurant at 8pm.

March 29 – update – deferred till early summer

Magic-a-Roo & a Bite for the Zoo. Raffle & Snacks from 1-3pm. Gambit Magician show at 2pm. Happening at High Park Brewery (839 Runnymede Road).

Applications Open for Parkdale BIA ‘Community Festival and Event fund’

Posted on February 27, 2020

The BIA has opened its ‘Community Festival & Event fund’ which supports local events by providing funding, access to event equipment, helping navigate city application processes or permits. If you have a local activity or event within the BIA that you would like to submit, please read the Request for Funding Guideline Form & email details to .

July 2020