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posted on May 23, 2010

Porter: Why is it so hard to get city permission for a bake oven in a park?

By: Catherine Porter
Published: May 21, 2010
Source: The Star

As Dawn Vrablic sprinkles corn meal on her board and begins to roll the dough, people are wandering down the path into the heart of Christie Pits park. Pushing strollers, stepping off bicycles, unfolding their blankets, settling down.

That’s what happens when you stoke up a community bake oven. Ask anyone who runs them. Clockwork.

“It’s pizza in the park,” Vrablic says. “Simple formula.”

Tonight is this year’s second Friday pizza night in Christie Pits park. Organizers thought they wouldn’t take place this year because of the city’s new permit requirements. Parks staff say it was a misunderstanding and no one ever told organizers they’d have to pay. Hmmmm . . .

Anyway, who cares as long as the wood is burning, the bricks are hot and the crowds are descending to share neighbourly gossip and sprinkle cheese over dough together. Hooray for bake ovens!


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