Pumpkin Parade clean-up saved thanks to Councillor, City staff

The famous Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade (which has inspired pumpkin parades in at least three other parks) is going ahead Nov. 1 with a pledge by the City of Toronto to pick up the pumpkins for composting the day after the event, which it has done since the parade was launched about seven years ago.

The Toronto Star earlier reported that the City would no longer pick up the pumpkins, leaving that job to citizens or permit-holders. (Nobody submits a permit for the Sorauren Pumpkin Parade; it just happens.)

Thanks to letter-writing by residents and quick action by Councillor Gord Perks, his staff, and staff at City Parks and also Solid Waste, the original decision has been changed. See the official notice below.

The Pumpkin Parade happens every Nov. 1, the day after Halloween, at the park. Bring your jack-o-lanterns for display; please place them in a single line along the main path around the park, that makes it easier to pick up the pumpkins.

A big thank-you to the dedicated City crews who pick up the pumpkins, and their managers: the work is appreciated! We hope they can come to the parade to enjoy the event.

Here is the official notice from Councillor Gord Perks:

Good Afternoon
You’ve probably read in the newspaper or heard from neighbours that the City was considering not picking up the pumpkins after the Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade. I am pleased to clarify that City Park and Solid Waste staff have committed to continuing to support Community Pumpkin Parades.
Although they will issue a Parks Permit if requested, a Park Permit is not required for a Community Pumpkin gathering.
City staff have committed to ensuring that pumpkins are picked up and disposed of from our parks following the gathering with or without permit.
Please advise my office, councillor_perks@toronto.ca, if you are aware of a community pumpkin gathering so that the pumpkins are disposed of appropriately.
Enjoy your weekend,
Gord Perks
City Councillor
Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

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