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Dufferin Grove Park is in big trouble again

Update: Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailao met with Recreation Manager Kelvin Seow and Recreation Supervisor Wendy Jang and Jutta Mason (for CELOS) on August 11. CELOS was allowed to resume collaborating with PFR to run park programs until the end of the summer. PFR said they'd include Dufferin Grove co-ordinator staff and also CELOS in future meetings about the park. To solve the staff shortages, PFR said they'd hire enough part time staff to help run the park to the end of the summer. They even invited the park co-ordinators to help with the hiring interviews.

But CELOS was not invited to any follow up meeting, and the hiring interviews were generic for city building attendants and "community activity programmers." The park coordinators did not have a chance to discuss Dufferin Grove with the applicants. Why? Here is the recent correspondence with the recreation supervisor. Here is the update for Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailao. If you want to let her know your views, you can reach her here:

The making and unmaking of Dufferin Grove Park.

Summer Story

News Bulletin: for Saturday Sept.10, all park daytime programs have been cancelled. That means no food cart, no water at the playground, no gardening group. Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailao's office said they were told that the programs could run except during the "Stop-the-cuts" event (it is listed as noon to 5 pm). However, the city notice says the opposite. As of 6.30 pm Friday, Neither the City nor Councillor Bailao's office were available to clarify the confusion.

Media on the decision to stop park programs for "safety reasons": Radio 1010; Now Magazine;; Torontoist

Please check for updates.


A City Briefing Note says it has to run the way the other parks do, otherwise "it will be non-compliant on many approved policies, procedures, and legislative requirement...vulnerable and open to major risk factors."

So Parks, Forestry and Recreation management says the park has to go back to the way parks and recreation is traditionally run. But what exactly was the tradition of park playgrounds in Toronto? Find out by reading:
Summer Story: the unmaking of Dufferin Grove Park, Chapter One.

City management says it's run the WRONG WAY.
How did Dufferin Grove Park develop into a park that gets in so much trouble?

Summer Story

Chapter One,Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, and Chapter Eight are now online.

Beginning Sept.1: Fall Story

Chapter Nine, Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven, Chapter Twelve, Chapter Thirteen, Chapter Fourteen, Chapter Fifteen, Chapter Sixteen, Chapter Seventeen, and Chapter Eighteen, are now online.

Beginning Nov.24: Winter Story

Chapter Nineteen, Chapter Twenty, Chapter Twenty-One, Chapter Twenty-two, Chapter Twenty-three, Chapter Twenty-four, Chapter Twenty-five, Chapter Twenty-six, Chapter Twenty-seven and Chapter Twenty-eight, are now online.

Beginning March 15, 2012: Spring Story

Chapter Twenty-nine, Chapter Thirty, Chapter Thirty-one and Chapter Thirty-two are now online.

Census of activities in Dufferin Grove Park on Saturday, July 30, 2011.

- there's a new chapter in the Summer serial every Thursday.

Community Commentary and Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailao's response letters.

September 10 2011 park diary

Sept.10, 2011: The Parks and Recreation session

The "Toronto stop the cuts" organizers said that this would be a kind of people's parliament, with many discussion groups working on a brief for the City's budget meetings at the end of September. The City said it was an unpermitted demonstration endangering staff safety. Here is a diary of the day, as it unfolded.

From park friend Jonah Gindin: "Almost 2,000 people have signed the Toronto Declaration that came out of the Saturday Mass Meeting. The Declaration will be presented to the Executive Committee of City Council on September 19th as a deputation. Would be great to get more signatures!"


"Sleep-in" at Dufferin Grove, 7.30 a.m. the next morning

"Sleep-in" demonstration

In The media

Peter Kuitenbrouwer in the National Post

Torontoist: Is the City Trying to Stifle Dufferin Grove Park?, by STEVE KUPFERMAN, JULY 18, 2011

Vitruvius:, by Maria da Silveira Lobo, August 2011

Videos about Dufferin Grove Park.

See also Dufferin is in trouble (1)

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