This Friday July 1st, 2016, we celebrate the 149th anniversary of Canada becoming a country. In Ward 18 and across Toronto there are no shortage of ways to celebrate Canada Day with friends and family. Throughout the rest of July our community will be hosting a series of events, festivals, and community meetings including our second Ward18 Talks, two Movie Nights, a property assessment information session and more. If you are looking for an easy way to get to some of these events, try out one of the 15 new Bike Share Toronto Stations that are opening in our community!
I wish you a happy Canada Day and a joyous long-weekend. I hope to see you at some of our events this July.
Ward 18, Davenport
Canada Day in Ward 18
Join the annual free Macgregor Park Canada Day parade - bursting with music, dance, and lots of red and white! For more information, please click here.
When: Friday July 1, 2016 from 4pm - 6:30pm
Where: Macgregor Park (346 Lansdowne Ave)
Join neighbours in the Junction Triangle for an annual community potluck and fireworks display.
When: Friday July 1, 2016 starting 7pm
Where: Campbell Avenue Park (255 Campbell Ave)
Ward 18 Events
Property Assessment MPAC Info Session - New Horizons Tower (1140 Bloor St W) - Wednesday July 6, 2016 starting at 7pm
Ward18 Talks: Pavilion Project - 213 Sterling Rd - Thursday July 7, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Gilfillan Lane Unveiling - Laneway Entrance in-front of 60 Mackenzie Crescent - Saturday July 9, 2016 at 11am
The Street Store - Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin St) - Saturday July 9, 2016 from 10am to 6pm
Davenport Home Security Seminar - Perth Dupont Library (1589 Dupont St) - Wednesday July 20, 2016 starting at 7pm
Movie Nights @ McCormick Park - McCormick Park (346 Lansdowne Ave) - Friday July 22, 2016 at 8:30pm
Movie Nights @ Dovercourt Park - Dovercourt Park (155 Bartlett Ave) - Thursday July 28, 2016 at 8:30pm
BIG on Bloor - Bloor Street West between Lansdowne and Dufferin - Saturday July 23 from 1pm to 10pm and Sunday July 24 from 12pm to 6pm
Canada Day Weekend Celebrations Across Toronto
Continuing its great 35-year history, the annual Pride Parade will take place this weekend on Sunday July 3, 2016 beginning at 2pm at Church and Bloor, travelling down Yonge Street through the heart of our city and ending at Allen Gardens (Carlton & Sherbourne). Line the streets and join the festivities as we celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of the LGTBTQ2S community.
South and Central Canada Day Celebrations
East York Canada Day Parade
East York’s annual Canada Day parade, featuring marching bands, will begin at Dieppe Park (455 Memorial Park Ave) at 10 a.m., moving east to Stan Wadlow Park. The celebration will continue at Stan Wadlow Park from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and include live entertainment, information tables and vendors. Visitors to Stan Wadlow Park's free Canada Day festivities can visit the Todmorden Mills table and learn more about the museum's connections to the history of East York (note: the Todmorden Mills museum will be closed on Canada Day). The Kiwanis pool will be open from noon to 7 p.m. A fireworks display will start at 10:15 p.m. and the park will close at 11 p.m.
Ashbridges Bay Fireworks
The annual Canada Day fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay, sponsored by Tim Hortons, will begin at 10 p.m. Residents who are planning to attend are encouraged to leave vehicles at home and use public transit.
When: Friday July 1, 2016 at 10pm
Where: Ashbridges Bay Park (1561 Lake Shore Blvd E)
North York Canada Day Celebrations
Canada Day celebrations at Mel Lastman Square
The City of Toronto will be celebrating Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square, presented by Tim Hortons with support from the Government of Canada. From 5 to 8 p.m. there will be pop-up performances by Turbo Street Funk, Illuminair Entertainment and Lisa Odjig, as well as free face painting. The Soul Motivators, a nine-piece deep funk band, perform at 8:15 p.m., followed by Juno nominated hip-hop artist Emmanual Jal at 9:15 p.m. The Canada Day celebration at Mel Lastman Square concludes with fireworks at 10:15 p.m.
When: Friday Jun 1, 2016 from 5pm to 10:30pm
Where: Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge St)
Old Style Community Picnic
The Old Style Community Picnic will be held at the Broadlands Community Centre and Park Activities include face-painting, games, clown entertainment and local entertainers.
When: July 1, 2016 from 1:30pm to 4pm
Where: Broadlands Community Centre and Park (19 Castlegrove Blvd)
Thomson Park Canada Day Celebrations
Scarborough’s annual Canada Day celebration in Thomson Park includes a free pancake breakfast, buskers, bouncy inflatables, Repitilia Animal display, entertainment and a craft show and sale. More information is available by calling 416-396-4376. Sponsored by Tim Hortons.
When: July 1, 2016 from 10am to 4pm
Where: Thomson Park (1005 Brimley Rd)
Scarborough Canada Day Parade
Scarborough Canada Day parade will begin at 4 p.m. west of the Scarborough Civic Centre on Brimley Road, ending at Lawrence Avenue East at about 5:30 p.m. More information is available by calling 416-396-4376.
Milliken Park Fireworks
A free fireworks display at Milliken Park will begin at dusk. More information is available by calling 416-396-4376.
Where: Milliken Park (5555 Steeles Avenue East)
The annual Toronto Ribfest will be held at Centennial Park with 14 professional ribbers, live music and midway rides. On Canada Day there will be a fireworks display sponsored by Tim Hortons at 10 p.m. More information is available at http://www.torontoribfest.com.
When: June 27 to July 1, 2016 from 11am to 11pm daily
Where: Centennial Park (256 Centennial Park Rd)
Weston Lions Park Canada Day Celebration
Canada Day Celebrations at Weston Lions Park includes live entertainment, food, activities for children, and a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
When: Friday July 1, 2016 from 5pm to 10:30pm
Where: Weston Lions Park (2125 Lawrence Ave. W)
Amesbury Park Canada Day Festivities
The annual Canada Day event at Amesbury Park will include a barbecue, live entertainment, marketplace, strongman competition and activities for children, plus fireworks at 10 p.m. More information is available at http://www.amesburycanadaday.ca.
When: Friday July 1, 2016 starting at 11am
Where: Amesbury Park (151 Culford Rd)
Keep Track of Your Water Use This Summer
With the warm weather here, the City of Toronto is reminding residents that they can track their water use online with MyWaterToronto. Use MyWaterToronto to better understand your water use and look for ways to save water and money. To log-on and learn more, visit www.toronto.ca/mywatertoronto.
501 Queen Streetcar Diverting Until October
Streetcars on the 501/301 Queen route are diverting due to City of Toronto watermain work on Queen St. W. between Bathurst St. and Spadina Ave.
Streetcars will divert both ways via Spadina Ave., King St. W. and Shaw St. Shuttle buses will run on Queen St. W. between Dufferin St and University Ave. to assist customers and local businesses in the area.
Regular service will resume Sunday, Oct. 9.
Watermain Work on Lansdowne to Require Cycling and TTC 47 Bus Diversions
The City of Toronto will replace the watermain and the City-owned portion of substandard water services on Lansdowne Avenue from south of Dundas Street to Rideau Avenue, and on the Lansdowne Avenue East Branch up to Shirley Street. The road of Lansdowne Avenue from south of Dundas Street West to Rideau Avenue will also be reconstructed as part of the project. The Project will commence June 13, 2016 and run until September 15, 2016.For more project information, please click here.
In order to accommodate this work, Lansdowne Avenue will be closed in the southbound direction from Dundas Street West to Rideau Avenue for the duration of the project. During the project The TTC's Route 47 bus will be diverting southbound via Dundas, Dufferin & Queen. Northbound service will remain the same. See the map below for the cycling detour in effect during the project.
You can find a fact sheet with more information about replacing lead service pipes by clicking here.
506/306 College Streetcar Diversions for Track and Road Work
506 Carlton weekday service will be split into two portions (east and west) from June 19 to October 8. Streetcars will be converted to buses on the western portion of College Street between Keele Station and the downtown area. Streetcar service will be maintained on the eastern portion of the route between Main Street Station and the downtown area.
506 Carlton weekend and 306 overnight service will operate as buses along the entire route from Main Street to Keele stations to accommodate City watermain relining work on Gerrard Street East. During road closures for track work, 506/306 bus service will be diverted around the intersections. At other times, buses will operate along regular routing with lane restrictions in place. Streetcars return to the entire route on October 9 when the other City projects on College Street are complete.
I will keep you informed as the diversions change during this work and encourage you to consult the TTC via www.ttc.ca or @TTCHelps on Twitter for updates on this work.
The Dovercourt Boys and Girls and MacGregor Park Art Club have been awarded a substantial Weston Family Parks Challenge Grant. I was closely involved in helping form the organizational partnership, and also in the grant application process that will see MacGregor Park transformed from obscurity to radiance. I look forward to assisting more Ward 18 community groups in obtaining the necessary funding to transform local public spaces according to neighbourhood visions.
Call to Please Come and Help Out!
Everyone is invited to participate in all aspects of building and caring for the MacGregor Teaching Gardens.
April 1 – July 31, 2015
North Native Species Garden
April 15 – Perimeter fence adjusted to accommodate tree
April 16/17 – Path Created
April 18 – Soil preparations
April 24 – Shrubs Planted
May 1 – Wildflowers and grasses planted
May 28 – Community Compost Day
South Edible Garden
April 15 – temporary wood fence install
April 15/17 – woven hazelnut edging for interior beds created
April 18 – Soil preparations
May – installation of raised wheelchair accessible beds
May – plantings for the entire month
Ecole Secondaire Toronto Ouest
- Design & Build raised wheelchair accessible beds with eco-Artist Morgan Zigler (after school program with grade 7 students)
- Garden Club with Garden Director Maria Solakofski (after school program Mondays & Wednesdays 2:30-4pm, May, June, Sept., Oct.)
Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club
- Garden Club with Maria Solakofski (Thursdays 4-5pm, May, June, Sept., Oct.)
- Summer programs – two programs with Maria Solakofski and Garden Assistants - (July 10-11:30am)
- Design & Build Cobb Shed with eco-Builder Gordie Wornoff (currently Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm)
- Saturdays in May 10am – 12p
- Composter Build
- Summer Garden Activity Stations – with Garden Assistants - afternoons in July, everyone welcome
- Saturday afternoon – Community Garden Program – everyone welcome
- Woven Branch Sculpture – articulated figures for performance with Kristen Fahrig and Morgan Zigler – Evenings in July, August, (times to be announced)
For information & to participate please contact:
MacGregor Park Art Club
416 576 9009
You may also be interested to read the Bloor West Villager story "Weston Family grant to help improve programming at MacGregor Park"
City of Toronto commemorates the life of Jenna K. Morrison with a Reflexology Footpath in Dufferin Grove Park
Today, Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport) and City staff joined Darlene Burke, (mother), Florian Schuck (husband), Lucas (son), friends and members of the Dufferin Grove Park community to honour the life of Jenna K. Morrison with the opening of a reflexology footpath with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Jenna Morrison was a loving daughter, mother and devoted wife who passed away suddenly as a result of a traffic accident. Jenna was a yoga instructor, a Thai massage therapist, and a very spiritual person. Her loss was a great blow to her community.
"The tragic loss of a daughter, mother and wife is a devastating experience. The City is proud to honour the life, spirit and work of Jenna K. Morrison with the first Reflexology Foot Path in a public park in Ontario, here in Dufferin Grove Park," said Mayor Rob Ford. "As one walks the path barefoot or in socks, the sole, and therefore acupressure points are massaged which stimulate parts of the foot to improve physical health."
"Jenna Morrison lived her life as an active and well-loved member of our Ward 18 community. Today we celebrate Jenna's life and contributions by opening this reflexology footpath. Together, we have worked to realize Jenna's dream and also provide a permanent public amenity in Dufferin Grove Park." said Councillor Bailão.
Jenna discovered the reflexology footpath many years ago. Based on Chinese medicine, the footpath uses various textures which stimulate points on the feet to improve physical health. Jenna always wanted to build a path like this in Toronto. Today the path becomes a reality.
"I was fully aware from the beginning of this project that I was functioning as an ambassador for Jenna’s vision," said Florian Schuck, her husband. "This path is unique, not only to this park, but as unique as Jenna was to her friends and family and the people she touched."
"The infinity loop design of the path connects us to her and us to ourselves and us to each other with no beginning and no end," said Darlene Burke, Jenna's mother. "It is also emblematic of the spiritual, emotional and mental and physical worlds showing the interconnectedness which surrounds all of humanity."
"It has been an honour to collaborate with Florian and the City on this very unique project. To the best of our knowledge this is the first reflexology path to be installed in an Ontario municipal park and I can’t think of a better place for it. Part memorial, part healing centre and part secret garden, this is a truly one of a kind park amenity for a one of a kind community," said Howard Nauboris, Landscape Architect, Cosburn, Nauboris Ltd.
The path consists of a bed made of concrete in which cobblestones of various shapes and sizes are embedded to various degrees. Some are upright while others are flat, protruding the surface of the concrete at slightly different heights. The path begins simply and progresses to several degrees of difficulty. One does not have to keep moving along the path, but may choose to stay in one place to reap the benefits. Users may also step off the path when the path is too difficult for them and continue to walk along beside the path.
The path features the embedded initials of Jenna K. Morrison, a light standard, a community mosaic wall, a handrail for assistance while walking, boulder accents, native sedge ground cover, upper evergreen ground cover and an asphalt walkway leading to the path. The path is designed to be walked in all directions depending on preference for use. A handrail is provided as support.
The path was designed in the shape of a number eight, the sign of infinity which was a significant symbol to Jenna Morrison.
Funding for the parks was provided by community fundraising and the City of Toronto.
The park is located in the central park area, by the main path of Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin St.
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Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726, [email protected]
By Lisa Rainford
It is with a mixture of excitement and disbelief that Florian Shuck will officially unveil Canada’s first-ever public reflexology footpath in Dufferin Grove Park on Saturday afternoon.
He’ll be joined by family and friends of his and late-partner, Jenna Morrison for whom the footpath was created and named.
“At one point, it was just a dream of my wife’s; now, it’s a reality,” Shuck told The Villager a few days before the event on July 26. “It’s quite overwhelming.”
Shuck is at the park regularly to oversee the path’s installation and this week, the finishing touches. Changes are happening daily, he said, and expressed his awe for the landscape architect and construction team’s skill set and compassion for the project.
It was key to create a public memorial for Morrison in the park the couple and their young son frequented, because, Shuck said, “Jenna was always compassionate and seeking to contribute to the greater community she was part of.”
Morrison, a 38-year-old expectant mother, yoga instructor and health practitioner, was riding her bike on her way to pick up her five-year-old son from school when she was struck and killed by a truck at the corner of Dundas Street West and Sterling Road in November 2011.
The reflexology path captures Morrison’s spirit, Shuck has said.
“It relates to our life story.”
On a visit to Seoul, Korea in 2001, Morrison, who lived in the Dundas Street West and Sorauren Avenue area, discovered the widespread popularity of reflexology footpaths throughout Asia. Inspired by this notion, Morrison dreamed of creating such a footpath in one of Toronto’s public parks.
Her dream is about to come true. Shuck said he hopes the path, in Morrison’s honour, will evoke people’s sense of “engagement, compassion and health.”
Asked if the footpath has turned out they way he had hoped, Shuck said, “Absolutely.”
“It has exceeded my expectations as Jenna always did as well. It’s very special.”
The footpath is situated at the south end of the park near Gladstone Avenue and Sylvan Street. With the support of Davenport residents and the City of Toronto, the footpath was built to honour Morrison while also providing a permanent park amenity for all Torontonians to enjoy, according to local councillor Ana Bailao.
“This is a great addition to the neighbourhood,” Bailao said . “It’s great to be able to join the family in this special moment.”
Some of the features of the path include thousands of stones of various sizes and shapes to stimulate and massage the feet as well as a seating area boasting a grove of gingko biloba trees providing a contemplative experience.
The unveiling of the Jenna Morrison Reflexology Footpath takes place Saturday, July 26 at 2 p.m.
by Craig White (Urban Toronto)
Construction has started to bring a new park to the rapidly transforming Queen West Triangle area. Located south of Queen Street between Lisgar and Abell Streets in Toronto's vibrant West Queen West, the green space and public piazza will provide a new neighbourhood focal point with recreation, relaxation, gathering and event space for the many residents who have moved into the area over the past few years, and who continue to arrive as more condominiums are completed on surrounding properties.
Concept Plan for Lisgar Park, image courtesy of Toronto Parks and Recreation
A comparison between the rendering above and the 2012 Apple Maps image below shows the site where the park will be located, currently made up of an underused green space, a Green P Parking lot, and the former site of an early 1900s warehouse now used to store construction equipment.
Aerial view over the Lisgar Park site from 2012, image from Apple Maps
Two condominium projects surrounding the park have been added since the Apple Maps image was created, and can be seen in the panoramic image below. Edge on Triangle Park (completing later this year) is the double-towered project which can be seen behind the green space, while Epic on Triangle Park (completing next year) can be seen behind the fenced off construction storage site at right.
While the Green P parking lot will be relocated to a sheltered location in Epic, Edge will feature the Toronto Media Arts Centre, or TMAC, with front doors directly accessing the new park. The new home for six arts organizations, TMAC represents nearly $10 million worth of 'Section 37' public benefits from Edge and Epic developers Urbancorp and Plaza and will provide exhibition spaces, production facilities, workshops, media archives, and a cinema.
Along with the recently opened Theatre Centre across the street, and the upcoming Workman Arts Theatre at CAMH down the block, TMAC will help cement the area as one of the premier arts hubs in Canada. The nearby Artscape Youngplace and a myriad of galleries, bars, restaurants, and the famous Gladstone and Drake Hotels along Queen and adjacent streets already make this area a major cultural node.
The site and its growing surroundings, image by Craig White
Currently known by the working title "Lisgar Park", local ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailão is asking community members to suggestions for the permanent name via her website. It was Bailão who officially broke ground on May 24 along with representatives of the local arts organizations, community members who participated in the extensive consultations regarding the park, and Active 18, a community group dedicated to ensuring that good urban planning choices are made in their ward.
Groundbreaking for the new park with Councillor Bailão, stakeholders and community members, image by Craig White
The design for the park was worked up by Victor Ford & Associates Inc. in collaboration with Oleson Worland Architects (known for their design of the well-loved Village of Yorkdale Park and Brick Works Park among others) to reflect the creative spirit of the neighbourhood through the incorporation of the community's early industrial heritage with its present artistic and innovative culture.
Amenities will include canopy trees, plenty of sculptural seating and planting areas, and a grid of ‘art poles.’ The poles will be fabricated primarily from structural timbers, salvaged from a recently demolished industrial building adjacent to the park site. The poles will provide park lighting, incorporating event power and cabling for a range of events. Landscaped islands will be surrounded by seating and provide a shady play area for children.
View through the park's market area, image courtesy of Toronto Parks and Recreation
[Originally posted on June 11, 2014 4:55 pm | by Craig White on UrbanToronto.ca]
Friends of McCormick Park look to Scadding Court’s shipping container model to bring healthy food to the community
The Friends of McCormick Park are taking a page out of the Scadding Court Community Centre’s ‘Business in a Box’ book to deliver a much-needed amenity in the 1.5 hectare park near Dufferin and Dundas West streets.
The McCormick Park Shipping Cafe Project will be an experiment in creating a not-for-profit, community-oriented food outlet and activity hub.
“Our McCormick Park Shipping Container Cafe will provide an accessible, open and flexible space to prepare and serve nutritious food for the community,” said Davenport Councillor Ana Bailao in a statement. “This is another example of Ward 18 residents and local organizations working with my office to make our neighbourhood a great place to live, work and play.”
Friends of McCormick Park have been trying for some time to figure out a way to serve food in the park, according to spokesperson Jennifer Cypher.
“We did a survey and that’s what people said they wanted,” she told The Villager.
There is a kitchen in the Mary McCormick Recreation Centre, however, commercial food cannot be prepared there because of a venting issue, Cypher said. The Friends looked into capitalizing on the snack bar at the McCormick arena, but its board wasn’t receptive to the idea.
A few months ago, Bailao approached the group about Scadding Court’s community engagement economic development project that it initiated four years ago.
“We’ve taken shipping containers and modified them into market stalls,” said Kevin Lee, executive director. “We have 17 businesses operating out of shipping containers.”
These businesses at Dundas West and Bathurst streets include retail, food, an inorganic market and many more.
“We rent them out for $11 to $24 a day so people are able to start a business. To try to rent something in Toronto is really expensive. That’s why we set this up,” Lee said.
Scadding Court also hosts community events at its market place, like TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talks and movie screenings. It is because of Scadding Court’s success with its market place that the councillor approached Lee to share his expertise. Earlier this month, Lee was instrumental in helping Friends set up a shipping container at McCormick Park to showcase the potential for a shipping container cafe during Bailao’s free compost day.
“We’ve had a number of meetings with Ana Bailao and the Friends of McCormick Park,” Lee said. “We’re looking at installation for September in time for a harvest festival.”
Community members are intrigued, said Cypher, who has lived near the park for the past 10 years and has been a part of Friends of McCormick since its inception in early 2012.
“It has a lot of support,” she said.
The launch of the pilot project will coincide with the completion of the park playground’s retrofit. Construction is set to begin soon. Its footprint is expanding both east and west. There will be a new water-sand play area and a climber for older kids as well as an accessible swing and other accessible play options. Low-impact sport equipment, such as a pull up bar, will be incorporated for adults. A free library, near Brock Avenue, is set to open anytime.
As for the shipping cafe, it will take a number of months to get a sense of what its hours will be and who its customers are, Cypher said.
“We are trying to get local entrepreneurs from marginalized communities involved,” she said. “Like Scadding Court, we’re trying to make this a social enterprise.”
For further details, visit mccormickpark.ca
Innovative 'community-focused' project will activate local park
The McCormick Park Shipping Cafe Project will be an experiment in creating a not-for-profit community-oriented food outlet and activity hub.
Councillor Ana Bailão, the Friends of McCormick Park, the Scadding Court Community Centre, City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Aangen Community Centre and Working Women Community Centre are collaborating on an innovative pilot project that has immense potential to benefit the McCormick Park/Brockton Triangle neighbourhood. This could soon see similar shipping container cafés in parks throughout Toronto.
Showcase Date: Tuesday, June 3rd
Location: Mary McCormick Park, 66 Sheridan Ave (one block west of Dufferin, between Queen and Dundas)
This project, to be implemented later this summer, builds from the successful Market 707 project at Scadding Court Community Centre and will be customized to suit the neighbourhood’s needs of the McCormick area. On June 3rd, a 10' shipping container will be showcased and food will be served in addition to free compost that members of the community can pick-up for their gardens.
“The Friends of McCormick Park are very excited about the potential for this project to offer food for families in the park at an affordable price point. This experiment was generated by the master plan that our group created to guide future improvements in the park and we look forward to seeing this alongside our newly improved playground at the end of this summer.” - Jen Cypher, Friends of McCormick Park
“Our McCormick Park Shipping Container Cafe will provide an accessible, open and flexible space to prepare and serve nutritious food for the community. This is another example of Ward 18 residents and local organizations working with my office to make our neighbourhood a great place to live, work and play. “ - Councillor Ana Bailão
"Through our experience with our shipping container market, Market 707, Scadding Court Community Centre has witnessed how these structures can foster a strong and vibrant community that provides real opportunities for small businesses and public space for community building. Through the simple re-purposing of shipping containers, we have seen our community thrive by providing positive space for economic and social growth. We look forward to continuing to support Councillor Bailao and the McCormick Park community in defining how their own container-based community can flourish and meet the needs of local residents." - Kevin Lee, Executive Director, Scadding Court Community Centre
“We are thankful to the friends of McCormcik Park and Councillor Ana Baliao for putting together this shipping container pilot program where we can bring fresh food and products to the McCormick Park community. Aangen Community Centre is a Toronto-based, self-sustaining volunteer-run not for profit organization. We work with local farmers to bring fresh farm products to our neighbourhood and local cafes, 40% of our net proceeds go back into running our outreach initiatives where we help families in need. ” - Gurbeen Bhasin, Executive Director, Aangen Community Centre
“Working Women Community Centre is proud to embark in this journey that will bring people together. We are committed to providing opportunities for newcomers and immigrants to become more involved in their neighbourhoods and communities, and build on their existing skills, assets and ideas to develop their leadership skills. As communities change a grow our centre works closely to ensure that our holistic approach to community engagement foster new opportunities for residents and users of the McCormick park.” - Marcie Ponte, Executive Director, Working Women Community Centre
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Nicholas Gallant, Special Assistant to Councillor Ana Bailão 416-338-5275, [email protected]
Effie Vlachoyannacos, Manager of Development and Community Engagement, Scadding Court Community Centre, 416-392-0335, [email protected]
Park will feature café-style seating, lighting mounted on art poles, timber columns and more
In the shadow of construction cranes and newly erected condos, shovels broke ground on May 24 for a construction project of a different kind.
Just south of Queen Street West on Lisgar Street, Councillor Ana Bailao (Ward 18 – Davenport), hosted a ground breaking for a new arts oriented park on Saturday, May 24.
“Yes we have condos going up, but we also have a neighbourhood being born, Bailao said. “A place where people can live, work and play.”
Yet to be named, this park will feature café-style seating with a garden area, a grove area with shade trees, and lighting mounted on art poles and timber columns. It was designed, with much community consultation, to be a venue for arts events and displays.
“A lot of people have immense pride in what is going on here,” Bailao said.
This park, Bailao said, is the result of hard work by the City, the community, residents’ group Active 18, The Theatre Centre and members of the Toronto Media Arts Centre.
The new park is located adjacent to the Toronto Media Arts Centre, a soon to be 38,000 square foot hub being built into the bottom floors of The Edge condo development. It will be home to a number of renowned photo and media galleries, film, video and animation production and training organizations, and film and video festival operations.
It is also next door to The Theatre Centre, which recently opened its new facility in the former Carnegie Library at 1115 Queen Street.
“We went through a long process of park design and I think we are going to come out with something good,” said Charles Campbell, with Active 18.
Construction is slated to begin in July in the parcel of land directly behind the Canada Post office on Queen Street West, but in the future the park will be expanded to take over the current Green P lot next to the post office, which will provide access from Queen Street.
Councillor Bailao invited members of the community to make suggestions through her website as to what the park will be named.
Story originally posted on insidetoronto.com and will appear in the Parkdale Villager community newspaper
Working in conjunction with the MacGregor Park Arts Club and local artist Kristen Fahrig, Sandra Dunn and Dave Brandow will be forging parts for an Arbor/Archway for the entrance of MacGregor Park. They will be demonstrating traditional blacksmithing joinery techniques, slitting & drifting, punching & riveting as well as creating decorative forged elements.
There will be two demos in the spring and two in the fall with the arbor assembled on site at the last event. The Arbour/Archway will be designed and engineered with the intention that it will be permanently installed in the park.
Information will be made available to the public about the history & process of blacksmithing, how to contact artist blacksmiths in Ontario and the types of work they are producing – from architectural, sculpture, art knives, armor and decorative artworks large & small. Listings of schools and other ways of gaining skills as a blacksmith, organizations and meets in North America as well as a Bibliography of websites, videos and books.
Saturday June 21, 10:am – 4:00pm
Tuesday July 1, 10:am – 4:00pm (Canada Day Extravaganza!)
Fall Dates (exact days and times to be finalized):
Labour Day Weekend
End of October (Hallowe’en Blacksmithing, Costume Party & Raising of the Archway)
A MacGregor Park Art Club Project - Funded & Supported by:
The Ontario Arts Council
Toronto Parks & Recreation
Friends & Neighbours
For Information Contact:
416 576 9009