General Park News

Apologies for the last minute-ness of this posting.

With a municipal election in October 2014, Park People would like your input on what park issues the next city council should address.

Park People will release a set of ideas we want candidates to discuss in the election campaign.Based on your feedback in previous years, we launched our Free the Parks campaign to eliminate permit and insurance fees for volunteer park groups. You told us that fees and insurance are your number one concern and Free the Parks will continue throughout 2014 as our number one park platform priority. Learn more at

What else should be on our list?


The Police Community Response Unit (the bike guys) are hosting a public meeting at the Rec Centre on April 03rd 2014 at 7PM.

They will have various representatives ranging from Police, bylaw enforcement, permits, parking etc. to discuss the issues of the park and how to make it a better place for all.

Per Constable Muir, "Above all, the Police role in this meeting is to facilitate an open discussion and to educate, rather than enforce laws."

We'll post more details when we get them.

 Homegrown Nat. Pk Ranger

Do you want to make awesome things happen in your neighbourhood this year? 
The David Suzuki Foundation is looking to recruit two-dozen residents that live, work or play along the former path of Garrison Creek to become Homegrown Park Rangers. 
The volunteer Park Rangers will work alongside dozens of partner organizations and community groups to spur the planting of thousands of bee and butterfly-friendly flowers and shrubs and dozens of fun interventions as part of the Homegrown National Park project ( in 2014.
Last year, our first team of Homegrown Park Rangers completed more than a dozen projects, from creating a schoolyard butterfly garden and network of canoe gardens to 'park-ifying' a residential street and organizing a big outdoor culinary musical event. 
If you are keen to make awesome things happen and help out the birds, bees and butterflies in your community this year, you should consider applying. As a newly minted Homegrown Park Ranger, you'll be part of a dynamic team committed to transforming the city of Toronto, one green intervention at a time.
You can apply as an individual, but we also welcome two-person applications. Consider recruiting a friend from your neighbourhood, school or workplace. Park Rangers will be selected through a competitive process. Applications will be considered as they are received so apply early!
2014 Homegrown Park Ranger application deadline: February 10, 2014
For more information, please visit or email Jode Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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The winter time "Hot House Discussion" and "Don't Ask An Expert" talks have resumed!  Every Sunday morning in the community greenhouse at the south end of Trinity Bellwoods Park until the second week of March 2014. 

SUNDAYS IN THE GREENHOUSE – 11:30am to 12:30pm
Jan 12 - Kathleen Byers the (former) dancing crossguard tells us how the city stopped her from dancing!>:(

Jan. 18 - architect Bob Barnett founder of the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy.  He'll tell us how he just decided to save 9,300 and counting, acres of Niagara Escarpment.

Coming up in February Emiko Sekiguchi who works at both Ursa and Swan restaurants will be giving a talk on their experiment growing greens for Ursa restaurant in containers on their roof. 

Organiser Gene Threndyle ( gene (at) genedigs (dot) com) welcomes ideas for speakers.  Gene says he’s “looking for people with actual experience doing stuff but not the usual (highly paid) experts who routinely screw things up.”

Best way to get the most up-to-date info is to visit the facebook page.  If you "like" it you'll get Gene's updates:

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Good news -- subsequent to meetings last spring with FoTBP's Anna and Chris, MaryAnn Dibiagio of the Rec Centre reports that there have been a few changes to accommodate families who want to skate after school.

Many of the days that had youth Shinny right at 3:30 has been pushed back to the later part of the evening providing an opportunity for families to skate before dinner time. This year the Fun guide has the schedule published on page 67 but unfortunately it's not 100% correct. The rink is scheduled to open December 1st providing the weather cooperates. There will be corrected print schedules available at the rink office and staff will make sure all the info is correct on-line and at the 311 info call line.

In January public skate will be Monday/Wednesday 3 pm to 5:30 pm  Friday 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Saturday 12:30 to 4 pm  then again at 6 to 8 pm and Sunday 2 pm to 6 pm

In February Public Skate is Mon-Tue - Wed  3 pm to 5:45 pm  Thursday 5 to 7 pm, Friday 6 to 8 pm and the same hours on the weekend as January.

There will also be Parent and Child Shinny opportunities on the weekend for both months, and they've added another opportunity on Fridays from 3 to 5 in January.  Although we have to call it "Shinny Hockey" during these times we are fully aware there won't be much of a game going on with these kids and more of a parent passing the puck around with their kids opportunity.


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Community Canoe crowdfunding campaign

The Garrison Creek used to run through Trinity Bellwoods Park -- and as a Canadian, who doesn't love canoes.  Have a read of this lovely project.  They've got 17 more days to raise $5,000 to make the project fly.  You can donate and find more info at the Community Canoe crowdfunding site.

My name is Ranger Aidan, and I’d like to put a Community Canoe Garden in your neighbourhood!

What’s a Community Canoe Garden? As part of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown National Park Project, our plan is to take old canoes that are no longer seaworthy and repurpose them as bee-friendly garden planters.

The Community Canoe Gardens will be installed in parks along the corridor of the old Garrison Creek. And they will be filled with native flowers that are really good for birds, bees and butterflies. Listen to our interview on CBC’s Metro Morning.

Our Goal

Our goal is to raise $5,000 so we can establish a network of 12 Community Canoe gardens. This money will be used to buy old canoes, plus soil, plants, mulch and other materials.

And we need your help. Not only will you be helping to change the landscape of the city, check out the amazing perks for your generous support!

Why are we doing this?

Well, we love canoes. And not only do they look awesome filled with native plants and flowers, the Community Canoe Garden network will support local bees, butterflies and other pollinators that help ensure our fruits, veggies and herbs are abundant and healthy.

Please join us in this project. Together, we can build the Community Canoe Network.

And please note that the Community Canoe Garden Network is just the beginning. Working with residents, community groups, the city, and local paddling businesses, our grand ambition is to establish Community Canoe as a service similar to bixi bikes, but for canoes. We want to help make it easier for residents to explore Toronto’s waterfront and waterways. Imagine adding a paddle down the Humber or the Don to your commute, or taking a canoe trip along the waterfront!

Please help bring canoes back to the city by showing your support for Community Canoe – a “park service” of the Homegrown National Park.


Ranger Aidan
Homegrown National Park Project

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