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The cob kitchen

The cob kitchen is a public-health-approved outdoor kitchen with four sinks, hot and cold water, and enough power to keep food cold or heat it up.

It was built by neighbourhood people of all ages, over the course of the summer of 2005.


kids cobbing, with clay, sand, straw, and water

Georgie Donais made it happen. She said that by the time the thing was finished, more than 500 pairs of hands had helped. The city's plumbers and electricians put in the sinks and electrical outlets. Public Health staff gave guidance on what was needed to keep the food cold enough or hot enough.

Over the past 11 years it's been a community kitchen and then a staff-run snack bar, from late spring until early fall.

Now that the usual kitchen is gutted and its replacement will take two years, the cob kitchen can still make park food possible. There can be pizza making in the wood fired oven, and access to hot and cold running water and utensils and a food preparation area for potlucks. Maybe there can even be some farmers' market vendors.

So the cob kitchen is a great resource. But it needs seasonal maintenance, just like everything else in public spaces, and it's been getting it -- except that last year not everything got done. This year there's good news: the recreation supervisor says there's money on the budget to do the maintenance a soon as the park program staff are allowed to work again.

playground snack bar

Friday Night Supper

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