Annual Sorauren Pumpkin Sale
Get your Halloween and Pumpkin Parade pumpkins at the annual Pumpkin Sale Oct. 25, and support Phase 2 of the Sorauren Town Square!
All proceeds from the annual pumpkin sale get put back into the park through the non-profit Wabash Building Society. This is the seventh year for the sale, and almost $15,000 has been raised over the years to equip the Fieldhouse with kitchen appliances and help build the new Town Square. This year’s proceeds will be used for new benches and other furnishings for the Square as part of Phase 2 fundraising.
The Pumpkin Sale starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 25. Join us also for hot apple cider and face painting!
Pumpkin Sale pumpkins are generously donated by Chander Chaddah, broker, Sutton Group Associates. Thanks again Chander and volunteers!
And, of course, many of those pumpkins will make a return trip to the park for the annual Sorauren Pumpkin Parade on Nov. 1! (Here’s a good story about the Pumpkin Parade and the park courtesy U.K professor Jesper Eriksen on the Gehl Architects blog, Copenhagen.)
Visit the Sorauren Park booth at the Roncy Polish Festival. We’ll be at Garden and Roncy by Solarski Pharmacy.
The can’t-miss Roncesvalles Polish Festival is this weekend Sept. 13 – 14, and make sure to drop by the Sorauren Park booth (run by the non-profit Wabash Building Society) to pick up your donation pledge form and learn about the next phases in the development of the park!
Our booth will be located near Solarski Pharmacy at Garden Avenue and Roncesvalles. Volunteers will be staffing the booth from approximately 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come see the plans and learn how you can make a mark on the neighbourhood with your donation to Phase 2 fundraising. Our experience at the park has been that every dollar donated by the community leverages seven other dollars from other funding sources. You’ll contribute to the park, get your name on our donor walls, and get a tax receipt.
See you at the Festival!
Labour Day Sept. 1 features a special version of the Sorauren Farmers’ Market: the Country Fair, with live farm animals, old-timey kids’ games, Blue Ribbon competitions, strange vegetables, and great food and live music. The market runs from 3 to 7 p.m.
Make sure to end your long weekend with a visit to the Sorauren Farmers’ Market and the new Sorauren Town Square. Check out the new trees and watch the Adopt-A-Tree waterers in action. Every new tree in the square is now labelled with species and adopters’ names. Special thanks to Pollocks Home Hardware on Roncy for the hoses and Addison Inc. plumbing on Wabash Avenue for help with the tree labels. Aren’t our local businesses awesome?!
The Sorauren Farmers’ Market is produced by the West End Food Co-op and made possible by the Green Belt Farmers’ Market Network.
Liking the new Town Square but wish it had benches? Donate to the Phase 2 Town Square fundraising campaign! We’ll be installing benches, a bake oven, more bike rings, and an iconic trellis with your support. Donations of $100 or more will be recognized on the new Phase 2 Donor Wall and a permanent donor wall to be erected once the trellis is built. Makes a great gift!
All donations over $10 receive a tax receipt thanks to our collaboration with the charitable Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation.
Construction of the new Sorauren Park Town Square began in fall 2013 following a few years of community consultation, planning and design. Phase 1 of the Square opened on July 7, 2014, beginning with an initiation dance by Company Blonde Dance Projects.
Town Square Phase 1 Supporters
Donate to Phase 2 – help us furnish the Square!
Have the name of loved ones, your organization or company on the backrest of a bench for the new Sorauren Park Town Square
You, your family, your street, your company or organization can help furnish the new Sorauren Park Town Square by providing a durable park bench for park goers to enjoy — with your inscription on the backrest as a commemorative tribute.
Each commercial-grade bench is available for $1,900 and includes the cost of installation and the inscription. This is a deal, since the City’s regular commemorative bench program is $2,530 per bench (we save a bit since we don’t need to pour a concrete pad… the benches will be installed on the Square’s existing concrete ribbon). Benches are provided with black legs and armrests to match the black lamp standards in the Square. (Those are LED lights, by the way… they look great at night.)
Only a limited number of benches are available. They will be placed on the south side of the Square by Wabash Avenue, facing north into the Square, to start. Two benches have already been donated by the students, family and staff of Howard Public School, thanks to a successful 2014 Dance-a-thon fundraiser.
If you are interested in donating a bench, please send us a message using the contact form so we can coordinate orders with the City of Toronto.