General Park News

About 100 people turned out for Councillor Mike Layton's July 4th meeting to discuss how to address park neighbors' complaints about rowdy behavior as a result of excessive drinking in Trinity Bellwoods Park -- excellent turnout!  By all reports it was a good meeting with many ideas discussed.

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(Photo from Now Magazine - thanks)

Here are some of the media reports on the meeting and you can always add feedback by contacting Councillor Mike Layton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or on our Facebook page:

Inside Toronto/Parkdale Villager Suggestions made to keep harmony in Trinity Bellwoods Park

Now Magazine 20 solutions to the park drinking problem

The Torontoist Trinity Bellwoods booze Meeting produces plentyof ideas, few firm answers

The Toronto Star Drinking debate draws crowds to Trinity Bellwoods

The Toronto Star Should People be allowed to drink in Toronto Parks?

The Globe and Mail Trinity Bellwoods: 'Like Woodstock with less nudity', or a family-friendly backyard?

The Globe and Mail Toronto neighborhood debates alcohol use in park

CTV News Torontians debate al fresco drinking at Trinity Bellwoods

CBC News Trinity Bellwoods park user debate outdoor drinking

Meeting to Discuss Alcohol Consumption in Trinity Bellwoods Park

When: Thursday, July 4 at 6:00 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Community Centre, Assembly Hall

This event will be hosted and mediated by Councillor Mike Layton.

In attendance:
-City of Toronto Representatives from Parks and Recreations
-Municipal Licensing and Standards
-Toronto Police Services, 14 Division

Everyone is welcome.

For some background information, have a look at this recent Toronto Star article.

See this film!  Wed. May 29th, Royal theatre 7pm.

The Toronto Farmers' Market Network ( presents a screening of Symphony of the Soil, made by filmmaker, Debra Koons Garcia of 'The Future of Food'.  This recently released documentary has not been widely seen, so this is a unique opportunity. For trailer and details on the film visit

Where: Royal Theatre, 608 College St.

Time: 7pm – film starts promptly, please arrive early

Tickets at the door: $10 ($5 for 12 and under)

Synopsis: 'Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of a miraculous substance, soil.  By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil's key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time.  Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights the possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.' 

Toronto Farmers' Market Network brings together community-based market organizers to share information, advocate for a strong and healthy local food system, and grow great markets in our city.  

Visit to find your farmers' market.  Feel free to print and post the attached flyer to help spread the word of this very insightful and intelligent film.


Thank you,

Carolyn Wong (Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market) & Anne Freeman (Dufferin Grove Farmers Market)

soil flyer

It's back!  Tuesday May 7th is the first day of the 2013 Trinity Bellwoods Farmers' Market season!  Every Tuesday following from 3pm to 7pm, fresh and local produce/product can be found up at  the NW end of park at Shaw and Dundas West.   There'll be salad greens, sprouts, bread, cheese, meat and much, much more.  Please visit for more info on what you'll find at market.

There are still opportunities for volunteers to help us with operations - which is generally helping the farmers load in/out.  Go to the market tab on this site for more details.

See you at the market.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10am to 2pm
Where: north-west corner of the park, along east side of Shaw St. (just south of Dundas St. W.)

Spread the word - please feel free to print out flyers to post in your neighbourhood or condo.  

Reuse, Recycle and Safely dispose! 

This year our neighborhood city Environment Day collection point will be in Trinity Bellwoods Park.  It is hosted by our Councillor, Mike Layton.  The Friends will be slinging some hotdogs too!

This is a really handy event for recycling lots of things -- old computers, TVs, bicycle helmets, batteries, art supplies, buttons (!) and/or picking up new blue boxes and green bins and some composted leaves for your garden.  For a complete list check the community environment days page of the city website.

Enviro Day tableEnviro Day TVsEnviro Day kid and shovel

New this year:

Donate your old helmets to science  -MEA Forensic Engineers and Scientists plans to crash test about 1,000 used helmets to understand how helmet performance degrades with time and use. Your old helmets can be part of this study.

Residential cooking oil now accepted at Drop-off Depots and Community Environment Days - Cooking oil should delivered in a sealed container labelled "Used cooking oil."   Cooking oil should never be poured down the sink, drain or toilet because it can negatively impact sewer pipes systems in your home and neighbourhood, causing sewer backups. Small amounts can go in the Green Bin if soaked up with a paper towel or frozen/hardened.

 Enviro Day w drums



Things are looking better for the maple tree scheduled for destruction to make way for a wheelchair ramp.  Thanks to neighbors and other users of the park for contacting Councillor Layton's office who in turn set up meetings with LOFT (who run John Gibson House) and their project manager.  At the FoTBP General Meeting last week, Marco Bianchi (Layton's office) reported that they've had a very good dialogue and it's currently looking like there will be a re-design of the ramp so the tree will be saved.


The tree's situation has made neighbors aware of the quiet progression of renovation plans at Gibson House since the public information meeting in 2009, and there is concern about its impact on the park.  The lot that Gibson House is on is city property but not part of the park.  Voiced concerns at the meeting include:
- loss of green space around JGH which is used by the public
- 1 1/2 years of construction vehicles coming up through the middle of the park and resulting damage to greenspace/trees
- loss of parking access for neighbors
- perhaps the LOFT program has outgrown the park location

There was a good discussion during the FoTBP meeting last week and a call for the formation of a working group to address the concerns.  On behalf of several neighbors who met with City Planner Marian Prejel, John Mezei/Relish Design put out a sign-up sheet for anyinterested in being part of the working group. 

Others interested should contact: Lisa Klapstock at lisaklapstock at rogers dot com

More background information:

1. Photos of the revised Site Plan Application submitted to the city in June 2012 (photos provided by a neighbor).  Right-click for larger image, and click links for other photos.

JG SPA June2012 landscape


2.  March 2011 LOFT Newsletter item on the renovation.

3. Toronto Design Review Board (DRP) Meeting Dec 2010


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