Basketball Jamboree at “Sorauren playground” June 23

The Sorauren Park precinct will be jumping with activity Saturday June 23 as the Friends of Charles G. Williams Park host a Basketball Jamboree over the lunch hour, while the Friends of Sorauren Park host the summer’s first outdoor movie in the evening.

The Basketball Jamboree runs 11 am – 1 pm at Charles G. Williams Park, aka “Sorauren playground.” Features include:

  • Obstacle course for kids ages 2 and up sponsored by Scooter Girl
  • 4-on-4 and Basketball Skills for 7-11 year olds (pre-register your spot at scootergirltoys@gmail.com)
  • Delicious Pizza and Pops donated by Pizzeria Defina and Augies will be sold to raise funds for Friends of Charles G. Williams Park and the park’s forthcoming renovation
  • Musical guest Chris Paterson 11:30 – 12 noon singing songs from Small Potatoes
  • And another opportunity to hear about the exciting changes coming to our neighborhood playground!
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Babe this year’s first outdoor movie June 23

The adorable, family-friendly movie Babe is this year’s first film in the 2018 Sorauren Park Outdoor Movie series.

The movie starts at 9:30 when it gets dark… but come early for dinner in the park with pizza from the park’s new wood-fired pizza oven. Pizza will be available starting at 8 p.m. until supplies last.

Movie screenings are free, but bring cash for pizza, fresh-made popcorn from the concession stand, Sorauren Park t-shirts, and donations to support the non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park. Bring soccer chairs, air mattresses and blankets to stay comfy.

Interested in volunteering at our movie nights (and getting a free t-shirt)? Contact us.

Big thanks to our 2018 sponsors Meridian Credit Union, Dundas West Animal Hospital, Master Mechanic High Park and Pizzeria Defina.

Save the dates for outdoor movie season

Photo of large audience at Sorauren Park settling in to watch outdoor movie on inflatable screen

The Sorauren Park Outdoor Movie Season returns the fourth Saturday of every month June to September.

NEW! Pizza Dinners before the movies from the new Sorauren Park Pizza Oven, prepared by Pizzeria Defina.

All titles and times subject to change depending on licensing and permit details… visit our movie page for the 2018 plans.

Sign up for our newsletter or follow SoraurenPark on social media for movie and pizza dinner updates.

2018 Season Presented by:

Dundas West Animal Hospital

Master Mechanic High Park

Meridian Credit Union

Pizza Dinners Presented by Pizzeria Defina

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

Farmers’ Market moves outdoors May 21

Photo of farmers market outdoors with colour tents at each vendor's booth, and crowds of shoppers.

The Sorauren Farmers’ Market moves outdoors to the Sorauren Town Square on Victoria Day, May 21, from 3 to 7 p.m., and runs outdoors every Monday until October.

Want to know where your market food comes from? Check out this map showing vendor locations from across southern Ontario… we are so lucky to live in this fabulous agricultural belt.

The park will be bustling on Victoria Day with the Sorauren Sports season now under way… best to walk, ride or take transit to the park.

The Market has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Every week, since 2008, the Sorauren Farmers’ Market has brought together residents of the Sorauren, Roncesvalles, High Park and Parkdale neighborhoods, offering the best that our local Ontario farmers and producers have to offer. The Market is produced by the West End Food Coop.

Environment Day April 28 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 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wabash Avenue by Sorauren Park.

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

The annual 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.