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 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

Jane Jacobs

The July 2018 newsletter is here.

It may be the right time to follow Jane Jacobs' suggestion of "ordinary people using their capacities for economic and social invention and experiment" to make "vital little plans." Can that kind of plan work to make a conservancy at Dufferin Grove Park? read more...

Why Dufferin Grove Park should be turned into a conservancy, reason #29: the playground can be run better than this



Newcomer Picnic, June 23 at Dufferin Grove Park: COSTI Immigrant Services and the Together Project hosted an afternoon with art, music, sports, gardening, and prizes. Lunch was provided. Mayor Tory came too. read more


Dufferin Grove dog park site

A dog park is coming to Dufferin Grove.

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.


Out with the old, in with the new?

On May 21, the City of Toronto "Bid Award Panel" voted in favour of hiring a consulting company for $694,747 to provide "professional and technical design consulting services for a new community recreation clubhouse and park improvements at northwest corner of Dufferin Grove Park." But the rink clubhouse is only 25 years old! The cost of tearing it down and rebuilding it is estimated at $3.14 million. The city's information website is here. More news and updates here.


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 is very busy.

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


Tree walk, June 8, 6.30 pm

The park lost some trees this spring, but many new ones have been planted during the past 15 years, and some are making shade already. We're doing an inventory of the different species and how they're doing -- everyone welcome, meet at the Friday Night Supper site.


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: June 2015 newsletter But now this website is waking up, and will have current news again. To find out why: June 2018 newsletter