The Unofficial Website of Dufferin Grove Park, Toronto
About this site
A project of CELOS
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
Independent neighbourhood groups:
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
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.
Follow-up posts and comments
Oct.2: celebration at the community oven ....
....for the awarding of the third CELOS public space prize, to Ladan Behbin and Blake Howard of Fresh Fields Grocery Store. CELOS picked Fresh Fields as the poster child for the people who run small local grocery stores in the Dufferin Grove neighbourhood. During the lockdowns, these grocery stores were the main remaining neighbourhood public spaces. read more
November 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.
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: