General Park News

"Music in the park: How loud is too loud?"  Many users of Trinity Bellwoods Park have been asking the same question.  And it's the subject of an interesting  Toronto Star article today.


Brenden Lee, 24, strums his guitar while kicking back in Trinity Bellwoods Park on Thursday. As park season ramps up in Toronto, some are asking how to strike a balance between noisier and quieter activities in our shared green spaces.

Photo: Alex Ballingall / Toronto Star


By what right do people take to a city green space for such a spontaneous rock-out? What are the limits of private behaviour in a public place?


1. Spring General Meeting - May 29th

Do you have a special concern, interest, idea or query about the park?  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and it can be added to the agenda, or just show up and it can be added at the meeting.

When: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 7-8:30pm
Where: Trinity Recreation Centre on Crawford, main flor activity room (east end)

Chair: Sian

  1.  Welcome & Intro - Chair
  2. Social Media Report - Carolyn, Laura, Michaelle
  3. Adopt a Tree – Michaelle
  4. Greenhouse - Elizabeth
  5. Market –Carolyn
  6. Park Days - Patricia
  7. Park Events this summer
  8. Park Supervisor Updates - Brian
  9. Councillor Layton’s office Updates & Queries -Layton
  10. Updates
    1. John Gibson House Issues – tbc
    2. Dog  Area Fountain Installation - tbc
    3. Park Safety Audit - Sian
    4. Donation Station Developments – Sian
  11. Budget – Sian
  12. Finalize next Chair
    1. Identify items for next meeting

2. Spring Park Day - June 1st, 10am to 1pm

Our annual love-in for the park -- plantings, mulchings, and a time to get together. 

Come spend a few hours gardening and planting and helping to care for the park, or drop by for a shorter time to lend a hand or sign up to water a tree or the Greenhouse beds this summer.

More deets soon!

3. Wanted: new Adopt a Tree Coordinator

Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park's long-time Adopt A Tree coordinator is no longer living close to the park and has her eye on a parkette to start another Adopt a Tree (AAT) program in -- so she is looking for a new tree-park-lover to take over as FoTBP AAT Coordinator.  It's a volunteer position.

Could that be you?

Or perhaps you and a few friends?

The FoTBP AAT program was started in 2006 by Jenna Hofbauer and Michaelle took over as its Coordinator in spring 2008.  It's a true grass-roots initiative which continues to be run by volunteer neighbors of the park who want to ensure the sapling trees have a  fighting chance of surviving.

It's such a great idea that it's been taken up by many others around the city including Park People which has just launched it as "Adopt a Park Tree". 

Congratulations to all of us for being such great role-models!

What's involved?  The basics are liasing with the our Park Supervisor about the water sources, installing buggies/jugs/locks in spring and removing them in the fall, finding neighborhood volunteers to adopt new saplings for four years, and showing them what needs to be done. Occasional requests to speak to other groups or to the media about the program (oh la la).

A great way to give back to the park, and to be involved with the tree planting plans for the future.

If you are interested -- or think you might be -- don't hesitate to contact Michaelle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information about the program is on the website



Welcome Spring and the 8th year of the farmers' market!   Starts May 6th at 3pm to 7pm, Shaw & Dundas West.  Looks like it's going to be a sunny day, yay.  Ether way, we will be there rain or shine on Tuesdays till October 28th.  It is a soft opening, still early for farmers i.e. this harsh winter hasn't helped much.  BUT fear not, seedlings can be got, baked goods and other tasty prepared foods.  Woolerdale will be bringing some cold storage root vegies.  As the weeks progress, what's available at market will increase.  Follow us on twitter and facebook.  Visit our dedicated site for more.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Please, walk, ride, TTC to us.  No smoking in market proper area.  Pets much be on leash.  Do not park on east curb of Shaw north of church OR along Dundas W. between Shaw & Crawford - this is 'permitted' for vendors only.  Thank you!

asparagus      seedling  shitake

 FM gen view


Mark your calendars! The big yard sale in the park will be on Saturday, June 14th from 10-5. If you’re interested in selling some goods, please call the Trinity Bellwoods Community Centre directly at 416-392-0743 for details. Registration to sell stuff starts Monday, May 5th at 9am through the Parks, Forestry & Rec department with the bar code 2673729.

Table fee is $30 (or at least that was the fee for 2013) plus an additional garbage deposit of $20.00 which is paid the day of (cash only) as a deterrent for trash being left behind.  The fee is returned once the site is inspected and all items cleared.



Thanks to Sian and Carolyn for these notes from the Thursday, April 3, 2014 meeting.

It was an interesting meeting that helped to clarify a few things and offered opportunities for enhancing park enjoyment!

The 'panel' in attendance included:

  • From Police Services - 
    • John Hogan of 14 division who introduces the bicycle team that monitors TBP and an area from Queen to College and from Dufferin to Bathurst
      • Shane Malley
      • Brian Bell
      • James Fairclough
      • Mike Muir
  • Peter White, General Supervisor, Parks Toronto & East York District
  • Elvie (last name unknown) and Nellie Raposo DeMers, Permit Officer, Parks, Forestry & Rec
  • Troy Ford from Parks Ambassadors. 416-771-3042 (cell phone for more immediate action)

From the police:

  • They are interested and care about the park and what goes on around and in it.
  • We are reminded that the ticket for drinking in the park is $360  
  • We were also reminded that the fine for an off leash dog is $365 plus a possible additional charge from Animal Services by laws of $100.
  • The police are focussed more on the drinking side of things and also some off leash dog issues.
  • They also expressed an interest in policing cyclists particularly on Gore Vale.
  • they encourage calling 911 for criminal activity

From Peter White:

  • interested in keeping alcohol consumption in check
  • off leash dogs
  • by law enforcement
  • for problems call 311

From the permit team:

  • interested in knowing that permit holders have 'behaved', ie:
    • maintained appropriate noise levels
    • clean up after themselves
    • behaved per the conditions on the permit
    • If there are any problems to call 311.
  • importantly Nellie lives in the area and understands many of the issues from the special permits she actually issues.  She will also be visiting events to have an excellent understanding of the issues.

From Troy Ford - Parks Ambassador

  • focusses on homeless people and convincing them to accept housing
  • he also educated people and educating them on consequences i.e. fines
  • he performs park safety audits including lighting, paths etc...
  • he encourages calling 311

A couple of key takeaways:

  • for any issues in the park call 311 so that it gets logged officially.  Then call a more specific group if you know who to contact directly to get immediate action if its required.  Even if we know Brian Green (TBP Park Supervisor) is the one to fix it - call 311.  This will hopefully result in greater support for the park.
  • the idea is to educate people about fines etc.  Many people don't realize you can't drink in TBP because twitter says you can!  And most don't realize the off leash fine is as significant as it is.
  • a request to post a sign of a beer with a line though it in the park was frowned upon because those who want to drink will go elsewhere where no signs are posted.  The by law still applies.
  • the police have information on Bicycle safety and Pedestrian Safety that we can incorporate on our website and on fb.  They are developing a how to use city parks.  When available we can incorporate it in a newsletter and other social media.
  • the police have a resource that is completely dedicated to tweeting and fb.  They are interested in co-operative posting and tweeting.
  • One of the parks is going to be fully closed this summer and it's expected that we will have a bigger transient population sleeping in the park this summer.
  • we have indicated that we would be interested in a Park Safety Audit as it will help to put TBP's needs like path resurfacing etc higher on the priority list.  Troy Ford will conduct the audit on a Thursday evening.  He finds the evening is the best time to really 'see' the hazard.  thursday is apparently the night that most homeless folk head to the parks with alcohol in hand because they get money on Thursday's.
  • Generally there are not enough City staff to provide the support for the area of responsibility they have.  So please use 311.
  • Please use 311 --  and then one of our key contacts!



Toronto's parks are often lively places, filled with people who make use of the wide range of space for various activities and events. As Toronto's population increases, so does the demand on our park space

Parks, Forestry and Recreation is doing a review of the park permit process that will examine the process for obtaining permits in parks, and the costs of permits and insurance. Information from the survey and public meeting will be included in a spring 2014 report to the Parks and Environment Committee.

ONLINE SURVEY: Before April 4
Everyone is invited to provide them some feedback by taking their on-line survey before April 11, 2014.

The city is also hosting a public meeting on the subject on March 24th at 6:30pm at Metro Hall.


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