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The Parks44 Story: Recounting our efforts to create a park friends group in every ward in Toronto

The Parks44 Story: Recounting our efforts to create a park friends group in every ward in Toronto

By on Apr 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Parks44 Program provided Park People with the opportunity to work with Councillors, City Staff, residents, organizations and community associations to support a Park Friends group in every corner of Toronto. By facilitating neighbourhood engagement and building partnerships between communities, park groups have the ability to improve, animate and tell stories...

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Pumpkin Carving and Parade with the Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club at Shoreham Walkway

Pumpkin Carving and Parade with the Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club at Shoreham Walkway

By on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog, TD Park Builders | 0 comments

“Yuck” “Eeeeww” “Gross” was heard a lot on October 23 when 84 boys and girls started digging out the insides of their 50 large pumpkins!  Three Boys and Girls clubs in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood; Driftwood Court, Gosford and Driftwood Public came to one location for their after-school programs, bringing all their children together for an afternoon of pumpkin...

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Massey Creek walk with the Toronto Field Naturalists

Massey Creek walk with the Toronto Field Naturalists

By on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog, Ravines, TD Park Builders | 0 comments

On September 21, 2014, Miles Hearn from the Toronto Field Naturalist led a walk at the 1021 Birchmount Road community. He led the group to a hidden park in a very commercial business area. We were walking along the Gatineau Hydro Corridors and underneath the path was the Taylor Massey Creek. As we were walking away from the 1021 Birchmount Road, we identified over...

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Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Festival

Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Festival

By on Oct 28, 2014 in Blog, Community Gardens, TD Park Builders | 0 comments

On Saturday September 20, 2014, Scarborough Village Community Garden hosted their harvest festival at Fred Johnson Park in Ward 36. The harvest festival is a very special time when the children, parents and grandparents come out together to pick vegetables in the park. Children eagerly asked their grandparents about the different types of vegetables and were keen to...

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A Dream is Realized at 1021 Birchmount Road

A Dream is Realized at 1021 Birchmount Road

By on Sep 25, 2014 in Blog, Community Gardens, TD Park Builders | 0 comments

1021 Birchmount Road is a Toronto Community Housing apartment building at Birchmount and Eglinton.  Laura Hammond, a very active member of her community, a young mother and the co-chair of the Resident Council, had a dream for the backyard of her apartment building; a backyard that was rarely used, covered in grass with couple of benches and an old playground.  Her...

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A Garden Party at the Panorama Community Garden

A Garden Party at the Panorama Community Garden

By on Aug 21, 2014 in Blog, Food in Parks | 0 comments

On Friday August 15, 2014, Panorama Community Garden Group hosted the Garden Party in the evening at Panorama Park in Ward 1. Picnic benches were loaded with food from corn chips, hot dogs, chicken and other various snacks! There was a dessert table with homemade rice krispies circles, sugar cookies and cake! There were 2 barbeques at the park where you could see...

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