Dufferin Grove Park News
The Unofficial Website of Dufferin Grove Park, Toronto




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Films, videos, slide shows

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

Dufferin Grove Adventure Playground

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About this site

A project of CELOS

This is not a government website. Read about the Website & Privacy Policies See About Us and the Park for more information.

Dufferin Grove Park

Dufferin Grove Park is a public neighbourhood park located in Toronto Canada, just south of Bloor, on the east side of Dufferin.

Location and Contacts

Click here for a map.
Staff: 416-392-0913

The basics

- How To Get Involved
- The Role of the Park

Local Discussion Groups

Independent neighbourhood groups:

In the Neighbourhood

Local service providers

If a pipe bursts in your basement or your roof leaks, where do you turn? Find out your neighbours' favourite fixers, where your neighbours like to go out to eat, who they go to for piano lessons, and more. This list Local Service Providers is a compendium of listserv posts from four local lists


Films, videos, slide shows

Campfires in city parks


Food in the park video


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The Dufferin Grove Farmers' market has a new website!

The Weekly Market Notes are now available on-line at www.dufferingrovemarket.ca

The Farmers' Market continues all year round, every Thursday, rain or shine. The market has now moved into the clubhouse (rink house) for the season.

To find out more about the vendors and the products, go to about the market.


The most recent Dufferin Grove Park fall newsletter is still on line.

There is no winter newsletter this year. Instead, we're submitting a citywide rinks report about what works, what doesn't, how to fix what needs fixing and protect what doesn't. The report is due for submission to the Community Development and Recreation Committee by Feb.22. We'll post it here the same day.


Current News

Part of this website is now an ARCHIVE. There will be fewer postings of Dufferin Grove Park city-run events. To find out why: editorial

Farm video

Farmers Ayse and Jens from Marvellous Edibles Farm told us at the market that one of their summer interns has made a short, lively video of life on their farm. Watch it here .

Our public ovens website now includes 17 Toronto ovens

Every oven has its own page with pictures and diary entries. One disturbing entry is about the Christie Pits bake oven. Until an outcry began, this oven seemed to be on the city's list for destruction. However, the oven has at least 20 years of use left in it. The reason given was that the oven is not "to code." But no code for outdoor bake ovens exists....read more

36 outdoor compressor-cooled rinks including Dufferin Rink were scheduled to open on Nov.28, 2015. Some of them actually did -- including Dufferin Rink.

Last year Dufferin Rink was open a week earlier. Since the November temperatures were warmer this year, people say "what is going on with the weather?" But warm weather in late November has not been unusual historically -- see our almost-70-year temperature chart.

For many years, the City of Toronto's municipal outdoor ice rinks successfully opened mid-November, after four days of night floods (no longer the practice) even in those Novembers that had warmer temperatures. They always closed on the closest Sunday to March 1, when outdoor ice is no longer practical because the sun gets too high. This year they're scheduled to stay open until March 20. Oh dear!

Ward 18 skate loans program is made available citywide

In mid-November, CELOS sent a letter every city councillor who has an outdoor city rink in her/his ward, offering them access to 110 pairs of Randy's Loaner Skates for events at their rinks. Also sticks, gloves, helmets. This program is funded by the GH Wood Foundation. Skate loans change the feel of a rink -- everybody gets to play. Toronto has more compressor-cooled outdoor rinks than any city in the world. And CELOS' outdoor rinks website has information, photos, rink diaries on all 50 of them, plus many of the natural ice rinks that start up later in the season.