The Unofficial Website of Dufferin Grove Park, Toronto
Local service providers
If a pipe bursts in your basement or your roof leaks, where do you turn? Find out your neighbours' favourite fixers, where your neighbours like to go out to eat, who they go to for piano lessons, and more. This list Local Service Providers is a compendium of listserv posts from four local lists
Dufferin Grove Park
Dufferin Grove Park is a public neighbourhood park located in Toronto Canada, just south of Bloor, on the east side of Dufferin.
Friends of the Park
For the basics, see
Location and Contacts
Independent neighbourhood groups:
- Brockton Neighbours
- Dovercourt Park
- Dufferin Grove Friends
- Friends of Dogs of Dovercourt Park
- Junction Triangle
DUFFERIN GROVE ORGANIC FARMERS' MARKET
The Weekly Market Notes for Thursday June 13th (3:00pm - 7:00pm) are on-line. Read more>>
The Farmers' Market continues all year round, every Thursday, rain or shine. You'll find it around the rinkhouse and along the path near Dufferin Street.Read more >>
FRIDAY NIGHT SUPPERS RESUME MAY 31!
Friday night supper is on regularly every Friday now from 6 to 7.30 (weather permitting). There is always soup, a vegetarian or vegan entrée, a meat entrée, a side dish, a salad, and dessert. Although the money all goes back directly to the City now, prices listed are still only a suggested donation. If you can’t spare the cash, donate at some other time – nobody goes away hungry! (Of course, if you feel like donating more than the suggested amount, that’s fine too.) Click here for this Friday's menu.
Good news! Park program staff are allowed to repair the cob cafe structure after all. (At first they were told they couldn't.) See the photo gallery.
The making and unmaking of Dufferin Grove Park
There are three small-group campfire locations – centre path, south path, and beside the rink. The centre path fire circle is in the middle of the park, and the south path fire circle is beside the cob courtyard. The park’s recreation staff book the cooking fire times. They also give fire safety training and are available to help start/end your fire. You can email them at email@example.com, Read more >>
Summer sports have started at the park. The skateboard park is in some trouble - many of the ramps are in need of maintenance. So far, City management has committed to replacing the boards - but can't supply better quality material to preserve the park in the long term. To know more or lend a hand, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bike polo plays regular games, three nights a week
Community groups wishing to the field or the hockey pad or the volley ball court can email us at email@example.com. Check out the sports page for more activities that you can do for free at the park.
Staff are now taking school and day care bookings on weekdays and birthday parties on weekends in May
Weather permitting in season. $2.50 per pizza is the requested donation. You get a lump of dough, some tomato sauce, and cheese, and you can pick toppings from the park gardens when they’re growing there. If you plan to bring a big group (more than 12 people altogether) please call ahead to warn the staff 416-392-0913 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Birthday parties and day cares with pizza: You can book an hour on Wednesday before public pizza day (i.e., at 10am or 11am Program costs are a $60 donation, plus the regular $2.50 per pizza. If you can’t afford that, park staff will work out a trade with you. To book: contact staff at 416-392-0913 or email@example.com
Gardening this week: Sunday, June 16, 2-4 pm and Wednesday, June 19, 5-7 pm
Hi everyone. How about that rain? : ) The last few gardening sessions we have been migrating a fair bit - giving some attention to the different community gardens we care for around the park. Last Sunday it was the children's pollinator garden and roof garden at the cob, and Wednesday we did some seeding in the vegetable garden (we made a mound for corn, beans and squash, and seeded salad greens and radicchio) and then went down to the fountain garden to get a jump on clearing out the weeds to make way for the native plants that we'll be planting during Sunday's workshop (see the attached flyer for details). Fingers crossed that the rain in the forecast will go somewhere else that day!
Gardening this week: Sunday, June 9, 2-4 pm and Wednesday, June 12, 5-7 pm
Hi everyone. We have been very busy in the park this week. Last Sunday we had one crew installing a climbing bean trellis, and another one building and installing a new raised bed (see photo), while yet another crew was renovating the herb garden. On Wednesday we took on the challenge of weeding the perennial garden beds in front of the rinkhouse and planting annuals there. This week we will be focusing on the south end of the park, rebuilding the pathways and weeding in the children's pollinator garden, and weeding the green roof amongst other things.
See you in the garden...Rachel
Papier-Mâché Camp at Dufferin Grove Park
Back for it's 10th Year!!!
Theme: Miniature Worlds July 15-19
Won’t you help them?
MUSICAMP for KIDS (8-12) 9am-4pm in a private studio close to Dufferin Grove Park (Bloor and Dufferin).
July 15-19 The Blues: From Shouts to 12 Bars 9am-4pm $225
Each week is filled with fun music activities (like beatboxing and other vocal percussion games, Bobby-McFerrin styled circle songs and an improvising choir, soundwalks and soundscape compositions, end of week performances, and other activities centred on the weekly themes) designed to overcome inhibition and develop a host of intellectual and social skills associated with music making.
We’ll also have some crafts (instrument and mask making), backyard games, water fun, Pizza-making Wednesdays in DG and many other park possibilities.
Love of music is expected but formal training is not required. Neither is an instrument. Our intuitive approach to exploring sound, music, composition, the voice, and the weekly themes also functions as a great supplement to conventional music lessons.