Pumpkin Contest draws crowd to Bartlett Parkette!!

We wanted to say a great big thank you to everyone who came out to this year’s Best Pumpkins Contest! We had a great turnout — over 70 people at its height– and added many new members while checking out over 30 amazing pumpkins. These all competed for prizes in the “creative”, “scary”, “classic” and “people’s choice” categories.


IMG_7860Topping the “judges choice” list was this devilish pumpkin  (below left) by Franca and Cathy Muraca of Delaware Ave, who are sharing a yoga mat from The Sandalman and a gift certificate from Total Cleanse Juices. Second place went to Campbell Smith for his carousel (below right), who took home a gift certificate from The Sovereign Cafe, with third place going to the Lind family on Westmoreland who won a certificate to Asada Mexican Grill.




Our celebrity judges included MP Andrew Cash (below), MPP Cristina Martins (next photo below), and Helena Grdadolnik of Workshop Architecture (and founder of Friends of the Green Line). They had a tough job choosing the best pumpkins, and we thank them for their help!


IMG_7918Generous prizes were donated by local merchants including The Three Speed, Riders Cycle and Board, Sandalman, Asada Mexican Grill, Total Cleanse Juices, The Sovereign Cafe, and Hop Skip Jump. Refreshments were sponsored by Nova Era (Geary Ave.), Loblaws (Dupont & Christie), and Starbucks (St. Clair & Christie). Toronto Park People, and TD Bank sponsored this event.

Finally, thanks to our team of enthusiastic volunteers!

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IMG_7901IMG_7903IMG_7908Looking forward to more scariness next year!



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Join us Nov.1 for a Pumpkin Contest!

Your pumpkin wants to shine even after Halloween! So bring it the next day (that’s Sat. Nov.1) to your neighbourhood association’s 2nd annual pumpkin contest!

There will be hot chocolate, prizes, and great chances to meet your neighbours!

It all starts at 7pm with hot chocolate (thanks, St Clair/Christie Starbucks) and snacks (thanks Park People).  Go green and bring your own mugs if you can 😉

Where: our very own Bartlett Parkette (north side of Geary Ave, between Bartlett and Salem)

When: Sat Nov 1 at 7pm. Winner announced at 8:00pm.

How: Drop off your pumpkin (labelled underneath with your name + phone number) and a candle. You don’t need a pumpkin – tour the gallery & cast your vote for the best pumpkins!

Prizes will be donated by local businesses, including The Sovereign Espresso, The Three Speed, and Riders Cycle and Board .

We thank Friends of the Greenline, TD Bank, and Park People for their support.

Download and print a high quality PDF file of the poster for your street here.


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this Sat: books, bikes and food along the Green Line (ie our neighbourhood!)

Remember last summer’s amazing Green Line competition that put forward a vision for the hydro corridor and rail lands spanning the DNA neighbourhood and beyond?

 This Sat, the Green Line becomes ‘the Reading Line’ with books, bikes and food! Join a bike tour along the route to hear amazing authors and a great picnic.  It all starts at 9:30am  at BookCity Bloor West Village :

9:30am  |  BookCity Bloor West Village  |  Catherine Bush
11:00  |  Geary/Dovercourt West Side Meadow  |  Shawn Micallef
11:20  |  Geary/Ossington Geary Ave Parkette  |  Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
11:40  |  Geary/Shaw Garrison Park east end  |  Amy Lavender Harris
12:00  |  Frankel Lambert Community Garden/Christie north of Dupont  |  Christina Palassio
12:20  |  Picnic at Frankel Lambert Community Garden/Christie north of Dupont  |  Tanya Neumeyer

Read more at Quill & Quire and then sign up on Eventbrite!

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Debates in our ward: candidates for mayor (Oct 2) and councillor (Oct 9)

Join us on Thurs Oct 2 and Thurs Oct 9 to get to know the people who want to run our city!

The Northcliffe Village Residents’ Association, the Davenport Neighbourhood Association, the Regal Heights Residents’ Association and the Regal Heights Village BIA present:

The Ward 17 Candidates Debates:
1)  Mayoral Debate:
   Thursday, October 2, 7 p.m.
   Oakwood Collegiate Institute (Oakwood and St. Clair)
   Moderator: John Sewell, former Mayor of Toronto
 2) Council Candidates’ Debate
   Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m.
    Oakwood Collegiate Institute (Oakwood and St. Clair)
Hope to see you there!
Email us your questions for either the Mayoral or Council candidates!
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Homegrown Design Challenge – entries due on Monday, May 26

Davenport local architecture firm Workshop Architects has teamed up with David Suzuki to launch the Homegrown Design Challenge.

Check it out, — entries are due Monday, May 26!

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Feb 10 meeting: Development on Dupont

(Cross-posted from The Other Side of Christie blog — visit the site for more details)

For anyone at all interested in the future of Dupont St., you should attend a public meeting on Feb. 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sacre Coeur School Gym.

The meeting involves a study that City Planning is doing on the properties on the north side of Dupont St. from Kendal to Ossington Ave. Its focus will be the “appropriate uses, potential streetscape improvements, urban design and built form guidelines, and transportation options”.

In simple terms, the city wants to look at what kind of development will be allowed on the north side of Dupont. The issue was thrust into the spotlight last year when Sobey’s announced plans for two 11-story condos at the corner of Shaw and Dupont, which includes 743 parking spots. …..read the whole post here.

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Toronto Star Reports on Nov. 26 Parks Meeting

We held a standing room only meeting at the Dufferin/Davenport Community Centre to discuss improvements to our local parks. More than 30 residents participated in a discussion on long and short term opportunities for improvement. Councillor Cesar Palacio discussed his long term strategy for leasing the hydro-owned lands to create a continuous park. Helena Grdadolnik, local architect, described the “Green Line” concept and ideas competition. Representatives from the City and Parks Department discussed how projects are prioritized and funded across the city. Several attendees discussed ways to access funding from organizations such as Parks and Trees Foundation, as well as private-sector funders. Several attendees emphasized that shorter term objectives should also be targeted, including improving the decades-old playground equipment at several of our local parks. Councillor Doug Ford joined the meeting, and offered a $5,000 “seed donation” to kick-start a fundraising effort with private sector businesses. We agreed to form a sub-committee to focus on playground improvements to discuss the various options open. Read more in the Toronto Star. 

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