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 Dufferin Grove playground club is done.
What's wrong with getting a medal
The editor's story about getting an award from the governor-general:
"One day in January 2012, I got a call from the federal government. It was a woman with a rather formal voice, saying she was calling to let me know that I was getting a “Caring Canadian” award. Would I be able to come to Ottawa in April and attend the ceremony? I could bring one guest.
"At the time the bureaucratic troubles that we had been experiencing for years at Dufferin Grove Park were intensifying. So I was not feeling even slightly like a Caring Canadian, more like an Exasperated Canadian. On the other hand... read more
City staff say that next year they will remove the slippery coating and return to the concrete surface below. The 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.
The unofficial skateboard park on the rink pad was even more busy than usual this season. In mid-November it will be replaced by the skating rink.
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.
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 came to $161,800 -- the costliest oven until then was $22,000.
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. The councillors asked for a recreation management response for the September committee meeting. But the item did not make it onto the September schedule.
A summary of the meeting outcome is here.
Parts of this website are now an ARCHIVE. There are fewer postings of Dufferin Grove Park city-run events. To find out why: editorial