Dufferin Grove Park News
The Unofficial Website of Dufferin Grove Park, Toronto


Cooking with fire

The park reno: a critical look



Citizen-Z Cavan Young's 2004 film about the zamboni crisis

The Big Back Yard in Dufferin park, a 1995 film made by Amnon Buchbinder

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About this site

A project of CELOS

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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.

Location and Contacts

Click here for a map.
Staff: 416-392-0913

The basics

- How To Get Involved
- The Role of the Park

Local Discussion Groups

Independent neighbourhood groups:

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The Dufferin Grove Park Farmers' market
The market is located around the rink building in the NW corner of the park, every Thursday, rain or shine, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Farm video

Farmers Ayse and Jens from Marvellous Edibles Farm told us at the market that one of their summer interns has made a short, lively video of life on their farm. Watch it here .



ARCHIVE: 2000 - 2020 park newsletters


May 2024 Newsletter

June 2024 Newsletter

July 2024 newsletter

Summer is here and the garden coop activities at the park are going strong.

Sakura by the cob

Want to join the Dufferin Grove Park Garden Club Cooperative? For more information, get in touch: gardens@dufferinpark.ca. read more



Recent history

Dufferin Grove fundraiser May 2023 -- Getting the add-on fun back into the park: letter and background

Fall oven 2023: Putting food by
Summer oven 2022 what worked ~ what didn't work

Park maintenance

Park maintenance reports over the years (to 2022)

The cob courtyard kitchen

kids cobbing, 2005

This structure is a remarkable collaborative project -- headed by Georgie Donais, involving over 500 pairs of hands -- both children and adults -- during the three months it took to build it, in 2005. It was plumbed and wired by the city's expert Tech services staff.

It's lasted well, but like every public structure, it needs maintenance. To find out more: cob maintenance diaries


A park booklet: "Dufferin Grove Park as a neighbourhood commons, 1993 to 2015" is posted here -- a little history, at the end of an era, with stories, lots of coloured photos, and some short interviews. Paper copies are available in the park newsletter slots.

The strangeness of medals

The editor's story about getting an award from the governor-general:

Rideau Hall

One day in January 2012, I got a call from the federal government. It was a woman with a rather formal voice, saying she was calling to let me know that I was getting a “Caring Canadian” award. Would I be able to come to Ottawa in April and attend the ceremony? I could bring one guest.

At the time the bureaucratic troubles that we had been experiencing for years at Dufferin Grove Park were intensifying. So I was not feeling even slightly like a Caring Canadian, more like an Exasperated Canadian. On the other hand...

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