Have your say on Wabash Community Centre

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

Artist’s rendering of gym and first floor of community centre, from 2009 concept plans

Dear Neighbours,

As you may already be aware, the Wabash Community Centre to be located in Sorauren Park will soon be a reality. The City of Toronto approved the $40M in funding as part of its 2017 capital budget and is preparing for the preliminary design phase to begin in early 2019 – with shovels in the ground planned for 2020 and doors opening as early as 2022.

With momentum building, the FOSP board thought it important that we lead our own strategic initiative to engage directly with the community to seek interest and participation in planning your ideal community centre.

Our independent initiative is to be complementary to the public consultation process led by the City of Toronto. Our goal is to align to their process and consultation timeline, and to submit a formal FOSP document that has been developed with direct community input.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve heard from many in the community who have expressed a want to “have their say” in shaping how the community centre is designed and built, and how it will serve the people once opened.

So, if you are interested in contributing your time, energy, talents and ideas, please review our strategic framework online and sign up.

Our committees will form around the following paths. Design Excellence, Heritage, Town Square, Aquatic Facilities, Programming, Governance/Operations and Centre/Park Integration. We expect to have our key committees up and running early in the new year.

If you would like more information, feel free to contact us.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday season.

Regards,

Board of Directors,
Friends of Sorauren Park

Join the Sorauren Hosers volunteer rink crew

The Sorauren Park natural ice rink (a BlogTO Top 5 rink!) is one of the ways the park stays hopping all year long. Now you can help make that happen by joining the all-volunteer Sorauren Hosers Rink Crew!

You can volunteer in many ways… help with the rink-build day (usually late December/early January) or the tear-down at the end of the season. Or join one of the flooding crews, one crew for each night of the week. Join as an alternate flooder, or sign up to help dig out after a storm.

Volunteers receive training, the cool, limited-edition Sorauren Hosers toque, and invitations to Hoser social events… plus the satisfaction of keeping a great tradition going.

Sign up using our easy form.

The rink is brought to you by the Hosers, the Friends of Sorauren Park, and our generous sponsors who help support the costs of running the rink:

Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates

Scooter Girl Toys

Snap Fitness High Park

Thanks also to Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation for water and logistical support.

See you at the rink!

Sorauren Pumpkin Parade Nov. 1

Photo of hundreds of lit jack-o-lantern pumpkins lining the path at Sorauren Avenue Park, Toronto

You’re invited to participate and enjoy the annual Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade November 1, the day after Halloween, starting at dusk.

This is the pumpkin parade that started them all… there are now more than 50 in parks across Toronto, and other parades in cities across North America.

Bring your jack-o-lantern to the park and help line the path with pumpkin art. Bring lit pumpkins for best effect. We promise you’ll have a gourd time!

See the pumpkin parade video prepared by Park People and shot in Sorauren and other parks. Learn more detail about the Sorauren event, including location and transit info, on our Pumpkin Parade page.

Pumpkin Sale and Haunted House Oct. 20

Photo of pumpkins spread out on the Sorauren Town Square under sunny blue skies

The Pumpkin Sale at the Sorauren Town Square

The annual Pumpkin Sale in support of the park takes place Saturday, October 20, from 9 am until 12 noon… and this year features a Haunted House in the Fieldhouse!

The Pumpkin Sale on the Sorauren Town Square also features cider, hot chocolate and face painting. (Come early, the pumpkins sold out last year!) The fundraiser is sponsored by Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates and Meridian Credit Union. This year 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Charles G. Williams Park (“Sorauren playground”) revitalization fund. The Haunted House is hosted by Scooter Girl Toys and The Little Paper.

Remember to bring your carved pumpkins back to the park after Halloween on November 1 for the world-famous Sorauren Pumpkin Parade.

Pumpkin Sale Sponsors

 

 

 

Haunted Fieldhouse Sponsors