In spite of the intermittent blizzards and cold winds, a group of about 25 brave neighbours participated in a highly fruitful clean up of the parks and hydro lands along Geary. This year, we focussed on the areas immediately east and west of Dovercourt. What an improvement!
Many thanks to the friendly folks at Riders Board and Cycle, who biked over with hot coffee, and invited us all back to their store for hot chocolate and retro video games after the clean up! Thanks, Valentine and Jeff!
Two of our junior helpers
Once again, our residents’ association has been invited by Councillor Palacio’s office to join in Saturday’s city-wide “Community Clean Up” day, running in parks across Toronto. As many of you will remember, last year’s DNA cleanup was great fun for kids and adults alike, and was a great way to meet neighbours.
-When: Saturday, April 20 10 a.m. – noon
-What: The City will provide gloves + garbage bags and will come and collect our piles of garbage
-Where: The parks along Geary Ave.
-START POINT: meet up at the parkette gate at Delaware and Geary on the south side, 10am
Last year we rewarded ourselves after the cleanup with hot chocolate at Nova Era Bakery– might do so again this year!
The open competition invites architects, planners, artists and community members to contribute to an overall vision for the public use of a 5km long hydro corridor from Davenport Village to the Annex. The Green Line route goes past everything from autobody shops and Portuguese bakeries to Tarragon Theatre and a great view of Casa Loma.
DNA Member Helena at Public Workshop is organizing an Ideas Competition for Geary Park from Dufferin to Christie/Spadina (depending on how the site is defined). The competition would be a first step towards a campaign for this area and as a way to solicit a host of ideas to share with the community and the City/Hydro to open up the discourse and get people as excited about the potential for this area as we are.
You can share your thoughts directly to Helena by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop Architecture Inc.
1157 Davenport Road
Toronto, ON, M6H 2G4
We received the following message from Green Here. If you’re interested, please get in touch directly with Carolyn Gordon, below.
We’re looking for a team of volunteers to commit to weekly tree watering this summer in the Geary/Bartlett Parkettes. There are a few new trees planted by the City on Geary Ave that need to be watered, new trees at Geary parkette and existing trees (that are under five years old) at the Bartlett Parkette. The commitment would be about once a week, twice a week if the weather is especially dry. We’d like to do a walk-through in the parks for anyone that is interested in watering.
Urban Forestry Worker
We just received a letter from Councillor Cesar Palacio advising us that the hours at Geary Park Wading Pool have been extended!
The new hours are beginning June 30 and until September 5th from Monday-Sunday from noon until 4pm. However, the City will be monitoring its attendance very carefully as its future depends on how much activity there is at the pool this summer.
We thought we’d help publicize this great annual event hosted by our neighbouring residents’ association!