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 Summer 2016 newsletter. This is the Water Issue, with lots of news about water play in the park.

The big news: the Dufferin Grove playground club


JULY 25, 2016: Finally a bit of rain

oak almost dead

Between June 12 and July 25, there was less than 20 mm of rain in Toronto. On July 25, there was 9 mm, Finally -- but not as much as was needed to catch up. Many of the younger trees in the park are showing stress, a few have died. Hoses are out to trickle-water the affected trees around the clock. Park users: help by moving the hose ends around if you see a tree with enough soaking.

The good water news:

The sandpit watertap at the adventure playground uses about 4000 liters a day versus the wading pool which uses close to 60,000 liters a day. The sandpit water goes to the trees, so the shady maples at the playground are living longer than expected. We asked the city plumbers if the wading pool water can be used for tree watering too, but they said the city is trying to phase out wading pools in favor of splash pads. But maybe splash pads are an even better candidate for water recycling....

 


main drain, May 2016
Wading Pool

City staff say that next year they will remove the slippery coating and return to the concrete 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 after the renovation 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.

The Dufferin Grove oven has a few interesting issues, under city management: read about them here.

News flash: the new but still rarely-used bake oven set-up at Christie Pits park cost $161,800 -- the costliest oven until then was $20,000.


 
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 were done. The maintenance page for this year is here. The cob structure survived the winter pretty well; only a few inexpensive fixes were 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.



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