Environment Day April 22 on Wabash Avenue

Round up those old paint cans and broken electronics. The annual Community Environment Day, hosted by the City of Toronto, takes place Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wabash Avenue by Sorauren Park.

Car traffic will be modified during these times to accommodate the event.

The event is a great way to properly dispose of household hazardous waste including old batteries, solvents, fluorescent bulbs, expired medications and more. Crews also accept old electronics including cell phones, computers, printers and TVs.

The City publishes a full list of accepted material, including supplies that will be reused such as arts and crafts materials, clothing in good condition, and much more.

You can also buy kitchen green bins, pick up free compost, and learn more about City environmental efforts. Don’t forget to drop by the Friends of Sorauren Park table for community updates including the playground project and the new community centre.

Poster for environment day showing list of acceptable material for recycling

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!

Sorauren Sports 2017 registration starts March 8

Kids playing soccer at Sorauren Park, with families looking on

Mark your calendar!

Registration for Sorauren Park soccer, baseball and tennis starts March 8, 2017 at 7 a.m. Soccer and baseball programs are run jointly by the volunteer Sorauren Park Sports Association and Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

Be sure to have your Family and Client numbers (provided by Parks, Forestry and Recreation) available when you register.

Register early as the spots fill quickly. You’ll find the program codes on the Parks, Forestry and Recreation website. Printed FUN Guides are also available in libraries and community centres.

You can register online or by telephone. Visit the City website for details.

Join us as a Coach!

Sorauren Park depends on volunteer coaches and assistant coaches to make the season a success.

It’s a rewarding experience, lots of fun, gentle exercise, a great way to meet neighbours and contribute to community.

Visit the Sorauren Sports website for details.

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

Condo construction to alter Wabash Avenue

On February 22, the Toronto and East York Community Council will be reviewing a proposal to temporarily narrow Wabash Avenue beside Sorauren Park for 20 months to accommodate construction of the new four-storey condo building at 35 Wabash Ave.

The meeting starts 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 1 at City Hall.

City staff have submitted a report on the proposed street changes. Councillor Gord Perks has advised he will be asking for changes to tighten the affected area.

The plan below shows the proposed changes. Two-way car, pedestrian and bicycle traffic would be maintained at all times. The restrictions would last from February 27, 2017 to October 31, 2018.

Map showing lane restrictions on Wabash Avenue, south side

Proposed temporary changes to Wabash Avenue for condo construction

Family Day activities at Sorauren Park

Family Day poster February 20, 2017

You’re invited to the park on Family Day Monday for a campfire and special activities organized by the Friends of Sorauren Park and the Sorauren Farmers Market.

With the demise of the rink over the warm weekend, the focus will shift to the Town Square, with all-welcome drop-in ball hockey and the campfire, beginning at 1 p.m. Bring your sticks, we’ll set up the nets. Sound system courtesy Scooter Girl Toys.

The Farmers Market gets under way at 3 p.m., with special giant jenga, corn hole games and hot drinks. Fabulous market delicacies and prepared food will be available at the Market tables in the Sorauren Fieldhouse until 7 p.m.

See you at the park!