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

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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

After more than two years as a virtual market with pickup at St.Anne's Church, the market returned to Dufferin Grove Park, south end near the playground, in May 2022. Every Thursday, rain or shine, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.


ARCHIVE: 2000 - 2020 park newsletters



Until the middle of September, the former community oven at Dufferin Grove was a ghost oven. The city's oven policy was such an ill fit that many outdoor city ovens were padlocked most of the time.

removing the ghost signs with Anthony

That changed after some resistance. On Friday Sept.16, Recreation Supervisor Anthony DeLaurentis came to the park to talk about oven friends collaborating with city staff to bring this community oven back to life.

What happened next

Follow-up posts and comments


September is here -- fall is a fine time to learn to use your green thumb at the park gardens (or learn how to acquire one)

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


Park maintenance

This summer there are no encampments in the park but there has been 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

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, 2022




new "multi-purpose room"
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.