This website is maintained by the Friends of Sorauren Park, a non-profit, volunteer-run, community-based organization dedicated to the completion and enjoyment of Sorauren Park. This includes managing the outdoor movie series, the natural ice rink, festivals and promoting other park events and programs. We also advocate for the development of the City-owned property along the southern edge of the park (Wabash Avenue) into the new Wabash Community Centre.
Sorauren Park and all its related facilities are owned by the City of Toronto and managed by Parks, Forestry and Recreation. However, many volunteers and community groups are also involved in programming, maintaining and enhancing the park. These groups are always looking for more volunteers, so don’t be shy!
Sorauren Park Sports Association:
The volunteers of the SPSA work with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation to run the children’s soccer and baseball (t-ball) programs from May to September. The SPSA maintains its own web site here.
Sorauren Farmers Market Association:
The non-profit association runs the Sorauren Farmers’ Market, held every Monday 3 – 7 p.m.
The park is also blessed with other volunteers who look after things such as the natural ice rink (weather permitting), Pumpkin Parade, and the Charles G. Williams Park and playground across the street at the north-east corner of Wabash and Sorauren avenues. From the very beginning, Sorauren Park’s success has been built through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. Contact any one of these groups or the Friends of Sorauren Park to get involved in your popular city park.
The Sorauren market has always been one of my favourites since my daughter moved into the area. Congratulations on the approval of your new community centre. Comments and suggestions?
1. Create an Advisory Council for the community centre to continue to have input into the design and operation of the centre. See North Toronto MCC – Councillor Colle‘s office. Review the architect‘s design at each stage: block schematics, sketch plan and working drawings to ensure that they meet the community‘s functional program needs.
2. Have the building meet the Passive House energy standard. This will create a more comfortable building, reduce GHGs and reduce the operating cost of the building. It will also require a more robust construction to last longer than 20 years. Vancouver requires all of its municipal buildings to meet this energy standard.
3. Go for a sustainable design: wood fibre growth in Canada can produce a 6-storey office building every 8 minutes; go for the re-use of building materials such as brick, stone, etc.; include a green roof for a community garden, eg. by placing parts of the building into the ground, you can walk onto the roof from the park.
Good Luck! And stay on top of the design to meet your needs.
Thanks for your feedback Michael. You can be assured the Friends of Sorauren Park will be staying on top of the design!