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The Unofficial Website of Dufferin Grove Park, Toronto




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Films, videos, slide shows

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

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


Films, videos, slide shows

Campfires in city parks


Food in the park video


See more videos

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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

rink construction in 1993

The December newsletter is now on line. Read all about DOLA, about the park clubhouse construction project, and about the puzzling breakdown of Dufferin Rink at the end of November.

Dec.11, 2018: the next Community Resource Group (CRG) meeting

The next meeting about the "northwest corner revitalization" of the park is from 7 to 9 pm at St.Wenceslas Church at 496 Gladstone. (The city's summary of the previous meeting is here). The CRG meeting is open to the public but only the group members can speak. Question: why not use the $4 million to fix the whole park instead of just one corner? What needs fixing.

Can Dufferin Grove Park be run as a "conservancy"?

Read more here

See our Vital Little Plans page for the park.

Bake oven news


Shauna Kearns came to bake at Dufferin Grove oven in early November, and to tell her remarkable story of working with bricklayers at the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh to help people coming out of prison to build bake ovens for sale. Read more

Accessibility for everyone at Dufferin Grove Park:

- a little history and a tour with the head of the Stopgap Foundation, Luke Anderson: pictures and text and the talk he gave at this park, here.

Dufferin Grove dog park site

Public meeting about DOLA: Dec.10, 2018, 6.30 to 8 pm at St.Mary's School

See our dogs section, and some helpful links from Eric Code, who is part of a group called Leash Free Toronto. He writes: "The idea isn't just to create parks for dogs - it's to create conditions that make it easier for people and dogs to share public space in harmony."

Here are the city’s minutes from the Nov.2017 public meeting. DOLA stands for "dogs off leash area."

A park booklet: "Dufferin Grove Park as a neighbourhood commons, 1993 to 2015" is posted here -- a little history, at the end of an era, with stories, lots of coloured photos, and some short interviews. To get a paper copy, e-mail celosadmin@gmail.com.

Skateboard park

The unofficial skateboard park on the rink pad was busy last season.

Skateboarders like to make videos, and there are lots posted by people from Dufferin Grove -- some samples from Gerb Seamon here and here.


For the past few years, most (not quite all) parts of this website were just an ARCHIVE. There were no more postings of Dufferin Grove Park city-run events. To find out why: August 2017 newsletter.

But now this website is waking up, and will have current news again. To find out why: September 2018 newsletter