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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Basics

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.
Email:dufferinpark@gmail.com
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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Custodians:
The Dufferin Grove Farmers' market has its own website

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

The Farmers' Market continues all year round, every Thursday, rain or shine.

 

Current News

The Spring 2016 newsletter. This is the Playground Issue, with lots of stories of the playground, sandpit, and wading pool over the years.

The big news: the Dufferin Grove playground club



main drain, May 2016
Wading Pool

Is this the year to remove the slippery, crumbling coating and return to the excellent surface below? The current wading pool troubles -- and some examples of easy fixes -- are shown here.

Some older wading pool adventure stories are here. The step-by-step progress of the $227,400 wading pool renovation in 2008/2009 is here. The fixes that had to be done right away are here. The current chlorine regime is analyzed here.


Skateboard park

The unofficial skateboard park on the rink pad is all set up and busy. Thomas Berry and friends have done lots of repairs and rebuilds, along with a new piece donated by Converse.

Skateboarders like to make videos, and there are lots posted by people from Dufferin Grove -- a sample is here.


 
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. 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

The Dufferin Grove ovens have their own issues. read about them here.


 
Community-built cob café

cherry blossoms at cob café

The cob café is now in its eleventh year. After the most recent winter, some small repairs are due: some shingles were torn off in the middle section, allowing water to go into the wall, and the serving counter needs repair. The maintenance page for this year is here. The cob structure survived the winter pretty well; only a few inexpensive fixes are needed.


 
The outdoor rinks

To read about the problems that challenge the city's outdoor rinks -- and some easy fixes -- see this CityRinks 2016 Outdoor Rinks Report. It was presented at city hall on April 13, with this deputation.

A summary of the meeting outcome is here.


Last year (2015) in May: Marczyk and Marichka's Ukrainian wedding

Ukrainian wedding at the park, photo by Michael Monastyrskyj. More photos

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