Category: Charles G. Williams Playground

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.

Want playground improvements? Join us Oct. 26

Poster for Charles G Williams Playground, first meeting of friends group, Oct. 26, 2016

The kid-magnet Charles G. Williams Playground, across from Sorauren Park at the corner of Wabash and Sorauren avenues (and sometimes called “Sorauren playground”), is slated for an upgrade by the City of Toronto. You can get involved by joining the new Friends of Charles G. Williams Park!

The first meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse, 50 Wabash Avenue.

You can also join the email list for news and updates.

Sorauren and Charles G. Williams parks clean-up on April 26

Clean Toronto Sorauren 2014 posterYou are invited to join Live Green Toronto, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Sony Pictures Canada for a community clean-up at Sorauren Park and Charles G. Williams Park (the playground) on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event is part of the city-wide Clean Toronto Together program. Supplies will be provided. Help keep our parks clean and litter free!

Big thanks to Big Sisters, Big Brothers, Sony Pictures, Live Green, the Clean Toronto Together sponsors and all volunteers.

That playground across from Sorauren gets new sign

Charles G Williams Park new sign

The popular playground across from Sorauren Park (it was named one of Toronto’s Best Playgrounds by has a new sign… which may help regain the playground’s identity.

The playground at the south-east corner of Sorauren and Wabash avenues was always called Charles G. Williams Park, but the old wooden sign from pre-amalgamation days was faded and hard to read. The space was often called “Sorauren Playground” or “That Playground near Sorauren Park.”

The new sign in contemporary Park, Forestry and Recreations colours and shape brings back the history (thanks PFR for the installation).

Sadly, we don’t know the story of Charles G. Williams…hey, maybe someone from the Roncesvalles Historical Society can add a comment?

Charles G. Williams playground meeting Aug. 1

Flyer for the new Friends of Charles G. Williams Park

Flyer for the new Friends of Charles G. Williams Park

A newly formed group of parents and friends with a desire to make improvements at Charles G. Williams Parkette (the busy playground across Wabash Avenue from Sorauren Park) is holding its first meeting this Thursday, Aug. 1.

The Friends of Charles G. Williams Park will meet from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Smock Cafe, 287 Roncesvalles Avenue. All invited.

You can RSVP or contact the group at or call 416-768-6074.

At 7 p.m. the same evening, the Wabash Building Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse. All invited.