General Park News

Apologies for the last minute-ness of this posting.

With a municipal election in October 2014, Park People would like your input on what park issues the next city council should address.

Park People will release a set of ideas we want candidates to discuss in the election campaign.Based on your feedback in previous years, we launched our Free the Parks campaign to eliminate permit and insurance fees for volunteer park groups. You told us that fees and insurance are your number one concern and Free the Parks will continue throughout 2014 as our number one park platform priority. Learn more at www.freetheparks.ca.

What else should be on our list?

SURVEY CLOSES FRIDAY MARCH 21st: http://bit.ly/TOparkplatform

After noticing a press scrum out by the icerink this afternoon, park neighbor Laura alerted us to the following icerink update.

The Toronto Star is reporting that Eleven outdoor rinks will remain open until March 16 thanks to corporation anteing up some private funds.

The city website is still reporting our Trinity Bellwoods Park icerink as closed, but the Toronto Star article is reporting it open.

Go skaters go!

 

When:    Saturday, March 1st, 2014, 1pm to 3pm
Where:   Meet inside the Rec Centre on Crawford
What:      Tree Tour of the Trinity Bellwoods Park by LEAF
Cost:      Suggested donation of $5

Here's another plug for the upcoming winter tree tour that FoFTBP is co-presenting with LEAF in our park.  It will be led by park neighbor, certified arborist and regular LEAF tree-tour-leader Mark Sherman.

You can pre-register at LEAF,  but it's not required.

From LEAF:
Ever wanted to learn how to tell trees apart in the winter? Now’s your chance! Join us to learn about winter tree identification as we explore the diversity of trees in Trinity Bellwoods Park. Discover the way twigs, buds and bark (not to mention needles and cones!) can help you identify a tree. Learn some quick tricks that will help you identify some common urban trees. Learn about the work of Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park and how you can join their Adopt A Tree program to care for one of these special trees.

We’ll start with a short presentation indoors and then head outside for a wintry walk through the park.  Be sure to dress warmly!

Winter Tree Tour by LEAF

When: Family Day, Monday, February 17 from 9am to 11am
Where: Ice Rink, north east corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park off Gorevale

Lace up your skates and join your neighbours, MP Olivia Chow and City Councillor Mike Layton for some fun on the ice. Warm up post-skate with some hot chocolate and cookies.

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Hey all, here's the rink schedule for Feb. 2014!

Trinity_Artificial_Ice_Rink-February_schedule_2014.doc

 Homegrown Nat. Pk Ranger

Do you want to make awesome things happen in your neighbourhood this year? 
 
The David Suzuki Foundation is looking to recruit two-dozen residents that live, work or play along the former path of Garrison Creek to become Homegrown Park Rangers. 
 
The volunteer Park Rangers will work alongside dozens of partner organizations and community groups to spur the planting of thousands of bee and butterfly-friendly flowers and shrubs and dozens of fun interventions as part of the Homegrown National Park project (http://ow.ly/sTgHa) in 2014.
 
Last year, our first team of Homegrown Park Rangers completed more than a dozen projects, from creating a schoolyard butterfly garden and network of canoe gardens to 'park-ifying' a residential street and organizing a big outdoor culinary musical event. 
 
If you are keen to make awesome things happen and help out the birds, bees and butterflies in your community this year, you should consider applying. As a newly minted Homegrown Park Ranger, you'll be part of a dynamic team committed to transforming the city of Toronto, one green intervention at a time.
 
You can apply as an individual, but we also welcome two-person applications. Consider recruiting a friend from your neighbourhood, school or workplace. Park Rangers will be selected through a competitive process. Applications will be considered as they are received so apply early!
 
2014 Homegrown Park Ranger application deadline: February 10, 2014
 
For more information, please visit http://ow.ly/sTgHa or email Jode Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

 

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