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Location/Contact

Dufferin Grove Park is in Toronto, Canada.
The Rinkhouse and Clubhouse: 875 Dufferin Street, S of Bloor Across from the Dufferin Mall
Phone: 416-392-0913
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Neighbourhood Profile

Here is a page of demographics about the Dufferin Grove neighbourhood from the City of Toronto website, based on 2001 Statistics Canada figures:

Newspaper Clippings

Newspaper Clippings

posted February 23, 2005

Rosie Dimanno in the Toronto Star, February 23, 2005 (About the breastfeeding hubub at Dufferin Grove Park): "This is an intra-league ideological dispute - the granola left eating itself" ...and... "Discretion may not be enshrined in law. But neither is courtesy and we could all do with a little more of that." Read more >>


Videos

Citizen-Z Cavan Young's 2004 film about the zamboni crisis

Georgie Donais' slideshow and commentary about the playground cob wall (2006)

Sent to us by David Yee:

If I Were A Tree Music Video filmed at Dufferin Park - Kat Burns and band: the Forest City Lovers

Scottish country dancing in Dufferin Grove Park - August 26 2011. Scottish country dancing

The Big Back Yard in Dufferin park, a 1995 film made by Amnon Buchbinder


Paying permit fees for leasing
a bakeoven (video)

Link to the Grid's movie:
Gardening At Dufferin Grove

 
 
 

Custodians:
About Us and the Park (Main)

Women against men tug-of-war, St.Anthony's Roman Catholic Church annual picnic, August 3 2008
 

For some history of the park, see the History section.

The making and unmaking of Dufferin Grove in 32 short chapters

See also Park Events, People, The Friends of Dufferin Grove Park early annual reports, random neighbourhood e-list discussions

The archived park theatre event subsite is available here: Cooking Fire Theatre Festival

About us: who were the friends of Dufferin Grove Park?

posted January 31, 2005 / updated September 2017


Tia Dancing at Dufferin Grove Park

How the Park Works

Dufferin Grove Park is operated by the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division. It is not operated by the friends of the park, nor by volunteers.

The friends of Dufferin Grove Park no longer exist. They were never an organization. There was no executive, no annual meetings, no formal status. There was no written agreement anywhere between the friends and the city. But in times of trouble, there were impromptu park-user meetings, usually attended by 30 to 100 people depending on the issue.

So how did it work then, in the day to day? And who were these "friends of Dufferin Grove Park"?

The friends were all those people - more every year until 2012 - who are friendly to that 14.2 -acre city-owned common space which is bordered by the Dufferin Mall, St.Mary's Catholic High School, and the mixture of affluent and subsidized housing that borders the park to the east and the south. Most park friends expressed their friendship only through their joy at what goes on in the park. At the other extreme, for about 15 years, Jutta Mason made friendship for the park her almost-full-time hobby. In between, there were many people who gave things (time, plants, music, theatre, toys in the sandpit, conversation, sports skills, etc., etc.) as they felt moved to do that. There was no schedule to how these things are given, no five-year plan - it was (sorry) organic. Some of the friends crossed over to being park staff, magnifying their friendship as they were able to increase their responsibilities there.

Videos and slideshows

The making and unmaking of Dufferin Grove Park

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Adventure Playground

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Citizen-Z Cavan Young's 2004 film about the zamboni crisis

Georgie Donais' slideshow and commentary about the playground cob wall (2006)


Crowds at the Cooking Fire Theatre Festival, 2004

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