Monty Python Holy Grail first outdoor movie June 24

Chercher le vache… no longer. Monty Python and the Holy Grail will be the first movie of the Sorauren Park Outdoor Movie series, following the (new) tradition of a cult classic for the year’s first film.

The movie starts at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 at the Sorauren Town Square. Come early to claim a spot and get your popcorn and Friends of Sorauren Park t-shirt.

Big thanks to our sponsors.

First outdoor movie night June 24

Dig out those camping pads, picnic blankets and soccer chairs… the first Sorauren Park Outdoor Movie for 2017 lights up the screen on Saturday, June 24 at 9:30 p.m.

(Come a little early to get a good spot and popcorn.)

We’re just confirming the movie licence so can’t announce the title yet, but plan is for a cult classic. All outdoor movies are rated PG. Watch this website, subscribe to our newsletter or follow SoraurenPark on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.

The movie will be shown on the park’s Town Square. Donations accepted to support the non-profit activities and programming provided by the Friends of Sorauren Park.

Sorauren Park Outdoor Movies are also generously supported by our sponsors. Thank you!

Beautiful new drinking fountain thanks to donations

The new drinking fountain and water bottle filling station thanks to the FitzGerald family and friends

Thirsty? Check out the new water fountain and water bottle filling station by the Sorauren Fieldhouse. Thanks to the FitzGerald family and friends, who raised $20,000 in donations in honour of Owen FitzGerald. It’s a wonderful addition to the park and a memorial the whole community can enjoy for many years to come.

The concrete pad poured for the fountain was specially designed to also accommodate the new bake oven, to be constructed this summer… watch for notices.

Thanks also to Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and Parks, Forestry and Recreation for making this legacy a reality.

Ages 4 – 5 Summer Camps at Sorauren

Parks, Forestry and Recreation operates Activity Camps out of the Sorauren Fieldhouse during the summer for the younger set, ages 4 – 5. Morning and afternoon programs are available.

To register, you’ll need a Family Number and Client Number with the City. Then you’ll need to know the barcodes for the programs you want. Barcodes and details here.

PFR also operates Activity Camps for ages 6 – 12 at Parkdale Community Recreation Centre on Lansdowne Avenue, in Parkdale Public School.

Have a great summer!

City Council votes YES to Wabash Community Centre

Birds-eye view drawing of the old brick linseed oil mill building, re-imagined as the Wabash Community Centre

2009 concept plan for Wabash Community Centre by Oleson Worland_Taylor Smyth architects, in joint venture. The plan would use the footprint and exterior of the old linseed oil mill

Toronto City Council has voted to start work this year on the Wabash Community Centre at Sorauren Park.

Work will begin with a modest $50,000 budgeted for pre-engineering. That will be followed by design in 2018 and 2019, with shovels in the ground planned for 2020, towards a 2022 or 2023 opening. Total project budget is $32.4 million.

“After 17 years on the books and many years of community advocacy before that, this is wonderful news,” said Joël Campbell, chair of the all-volunteer Friends of Sorauren Park. “This is a milestone.”

The Friends of Sorauren Park recently concluded its “Unlock the Community Centre” awareness campaign, the latest in a long series of actions to advocate for the centre.

The project is included in Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s capital budget and plan, which City Council approved Wednesday, February 15, 2017, as part of the overall City budget.

The most recent plans for the community centre, prepared as part of a 2009 feasibility study, would convert the abandoned Canada Linseed Oil Mills building next to the park into a 40,000 sq. ft. community hub with a gym (shown above), multipurpose rooms, studios and fitness rooms, youth space, kitchen and third-floor event space with a rooftop terrace.

Follow us on social media @SoraurenPark, our website and this newsletter for updates and news on design consultations.

Friends of Sorauren Park would like to thank Councillor Gord Perks, along with previous Ward 14 councillors Sylvia Watson and Chris Korwin-Kuczynski, who all moved the project along at various stages at City Council.

Most of all, thanks to the community, which has advocated ceaselessly for the community centre since the early 1990s. Never stop believing.

Illustration showing a gym and hallways with light streaming from the top

Artist’s rendering of gym and first floor of community centre

Share your playground ideas May 31

Photo of Charles G. Williams Park, looking north to the wading pool from Wright Avenue

The survey results are in! Thank you to everyone for sharing your comments and ideas for the Charles G. Williams Park playground (Sorauren playground).

Friends of Charles G. Williams received over a hundred responses to the recent survey and will be sharing some of the feedback at a special May 31 meeting. The next step is to get together interested community members to meet in person as a group. Neighborhood business owner and Landscape Architect, Eric Gordon, will be leading a guided brainstorming session to come up with exciting opportunities and solutions to some of our park issues. This is a great chance to share with other parents, grandparents and friends of the park.

When: Wednesday, May 31st at 8 p.m.
Where: Sorauren Park Fieldhouse (50 Wabash Ave.), Main Floor

Please RSVP to friendsofcharlesg@gmail.com to let us know if you are planning to attend.

Sorauren Sports Meet the Coach May 13

It’s that time of year again for players and parents of Sorauren Park children’s Soccer and Baseball:

Meet the Coach
Saturday May 13
11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Parkdale Community Recreation Centre
75 Lansdowne Ave.

Sorauren Park Sports also needs volunteer coaches for this 2017 season. If you can help out please contact:
Liz Leason
Volunteer Convenor, Sorauren Park Sports Association
416-697-5902
Liz.leason@rogers.com