Our first ever Trinity Bellwoods Farmers' Market postcard design contest! Would you like to design our 2015 promo postcard? Deadline is the last day of market, Tuesday Oct. 28th, 2014 at 7pm. Submissions must be dropped off at the info tent to Carolyn or Tessa during operating hours 3-7pm. Winner will be announced in May of next season. Oh, the prize? $75 in tbfm vouchers to use with any vendor for the 2015 season, the glory and a credit line on the back of postcard. Not bad eh? Go to 'latest news' of market tab on this site for details or click on below pdf.
If you haven't done already, please do. Your input is valuable because you good folk use it on a daily basis. It takes perhaps 5-10 mins, with opportunity to write comments outside of the direct questions.
The City of Toronto wants to know a bit more about why you love parks and how you use them. This online survey takes five minutes to complete and is accessible until the end of September. Let 'em know your thoughts! And use 311!
Survey is at this link: https://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/parks_users/
(Note: these photos were found on google -- many thanks to those park users)
We're wondering if it's the same young squirrel that was treated for injuries by Toronto Animal Services and then released back in to the park in September 2012....? The Toronto Star did an article at the time.
The Toronto Star's Margaret Bream also did an article called Wild in the City: Encountering the Mythic White Squirre which gives some good information about what they are. It explains that what we have at Trinity Bellwoods Park is an albino eastern grey squirrel (Sciuris carolinensis) rather than a white morph — the name biologists give to a local variety of a particular species that appears different from the norm. Toronto’s black squirrels, for example, are a black morph of the eastern grey squirrel.
There is more than one in our park so there are sure to continue to be sightings -- but, sadly, fewer.
Life in a public space can be pretty rough. Witness the short life of this rogue installation now partially destroyed.
Who knows if the destruction was late night mischief or a critical statement about the art.
Hopefully the artist had a plan for taking the piece down -- we're proponents of the temporary up and planned-taking-down approach to rogue art -- and will see to that soon.
Super big thanks to community volunteers Lesley, Darren, Lu and Grady for helping us take down the paper hearts from the sakura trees. It's an installation that was not taken down in a timely manner - which is all the Friends ask. If left, in time, all that will remain are the weather beaten dregs. Which kinda loses the 'charm' of any installation. Don't you think? Already the material used to tie the paper hearts were beginning to damage /choke the small branches - trees grow - eventually doing serious damage that can lead to destruction of the tree. The 'Bring Back the Girls' installation was a beautiful gesture, but we waited and waited for them to take it down, to no avail. Sorry, but the time had come. Several of tree adopters of those trees were disappointed too - they shouldn't be expected to take them down.
The strings/ribbons and elastic bands used to tie the paper hearts to the branches/tree were a bit of a challenge to remove. Since they'd been up since Spring, they were all tangled and twisted around each and every small branch they were tied to. The only way was to carefully cut them off. It took the five of us about 20 mins. There were over 200 of them.
Please, please, please, if you are going to do some rogue art in the park, take it down in a timely fashion, let's say a no more than a month. AND do not tie, tape, nail, attach anything to the trees or do damage to the park. It's just not good for the health of the trees / green space nor is it cool. Think about how it can leave no footprint and how you can take it down easily. We are loosing so many to the emerald ash borer. Does it make sense to lose a tree because of an installation? We want to enjoy both, so make it so ladies and gentlemen.
Cheers. Enjoy our awesome park.