Take the playground survey

Have your say in planned improvements to the playground at Charles G. Williams Park, otherwise known as the Sorauren playground.

The Friends of the Playground invite you to complete a quick online survey. The purpose of this survey is to get a better understanding of the community’s use of the playground.

The park is slated for renovation in 2020 and the Friends will be working with the City to help design the park to best meet the needs of the community. The possibility to complete smaller improvement projects before the larger redesign exist as well, so please complete the survey with that in mind.

Please also note that the park includes the basketball court, wading pool and surrounding grassy areas.

Take the survey online. You can also sign-up for the playground-specific newsletter produced by the Friends of the Playground.

History note: Charles Gower Williams, a local resident who raised his family with wife Mary Williams on Wright Avenue, died 100 years ago this year while fighting in the First World War.

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

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

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.