The Unofficial Website of Dufferin Grove Park, Toronto
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
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.
- How To Get Involved
- The Role of the Park
Local Discussion Groups
Independent neighbourhood groups:
In the Neighbourhood
Dufferin Grove Adventure Playground
The Dufferin Grove Park Farmers' market
NOTE: MOST OF THIS WEBSITE IS NOW A HISTORICAL ARCHIVE ONLY, FLAGGED ON EACH PAGE
ARCHIVE: 2000 - 2020 park newsletters
Nov.8, 2022 (on the dufferingrovefriends listserv): it's the right time to start talking about:
Summer oven what worked ~ what didn't work
The rink is set to start getting the ice in -- city staff project the rink opening maybe on Feb.2, maybe on Feb.4.
For updates, see the Dufferin Rink Diary page on the cityrinks website.
December is here -- garden coop activities at the park will resume in the spring.
Want to join the Dufferin Grove Park Garden Club Cooperative? For more information, get in touch: email@example.com. read more
This past summer there were very few encampments in the park, quickly removed, but there was some new vandalism. Dog walkers, moonlight picnickers, keep a lookout when you're in the park. If you see someone making a mess, or camping, and they look like they might need help, or a reminder to behave better, call 311 and let them know.
Park maintenance reports for 2022
The cob courtyard kitchen
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, 2022
Toronto Life about being homeless in Dufferin Grove Park
"I used to own a condo in Toronto. How I ended up living in Dufferin Grove Park" by Toni Corrado
from the editor...
The Dufferin Grove Park Northwest Corner Revitalization Project (2019): a critical look.
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.
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 .
The strangeness of medals
The editor's story about getting an award from the governor-general:
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...