The Unofficial Website of Dufferin Grove Park, Toronto
Films, videos, slide shows
About this site
A project of CELOS
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
Independent neighbourhood groups:
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
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.
The Spring 2016 newsletter. This is the Playground Issue, with lots of stories of the playground, sandpit, and wading pool over the years.
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.
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.
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
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
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