Category: COVID-19

Dog park open, tennis courts soon, as rules evolve

Household groups of up to five people can enjoy the park together, while maintaining six feet of physical distance from others.

The City of Toronto has revised its public health rules governing parks in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. At Sorauren Park, that means the off-leash dog park is now open, with the tennis courts opening by May 23 or soon afterwards.

Casual use of the soccer field and baseball diamond are allowed, for example by a family or household group. But no organized sports or games are permitted. No park permits are being issued.

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Give to fight COVID in our neighbourhoods

The Friends of Sorauren Park are urging everyone who is able to donate to local charities and social services on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19, and who are caring for those most affected.

The board members of FOSP have each made a gift to the St. Joseph Health Centre Foundation. We’ve all spent time at our local hospital, and many of our kids were born there. Now is the time to support this vital community institution and the dedicated staff who work there, keeping us healthy.

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New rules affect parks; dog park, playground closed

UPDATED APRIL 3: The City of Toronto has announced sweeping new rules in the battle to fight COVID-19 that affect the public’s use of parks.

“Today, the City of Toronto announced that all City-owned playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor exercise equipment and other parks amenities, as well as parking lots attached to its parks system, will be closed effective immediately, in the City’s continuing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19,” says the official press release.

It is also now illegal under provincial statute to congregate in groups of five or more. And under a new City order, “Any two people who don’t live together, who fail to keep two metres of distance between them in a park or public square, can receive a $1,000 ticket – the maximum set fine available. Officers could issue higher tickets that would be subject to the courts where fines could go up to $5,000 upon conviction.”

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Support the businesses that support Sorauren Park

Image of heart over aerial photo of Sorauren Park and neighbouring communities

Over the years many local businesses have supported the programming, activities and projects that make Sorauren Park a treasured part of the community. They’ve done this with cash sponsorships or donations, in-kind donations of goods or services, or other types of support.

Now is our time to support them (even more!) to keep our community strong and ready for a return to normal, whatever the new normal looks like. Use our directory below to support our supporters, and check business status.

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Farmers Market closed, park permits cancelled for now

The COVID-19 pandemic has led the City to cancel all permits for parks and City buildings including the Sorauren Fieldhouse as a public health precaution. As such, the Sorauren Farmers Market has announced it will be closed starting March 16 until at least April 5.

The park itself is open and is a great place to enjoy the outdoors while practicing appropriate social distancing. Some of these outdoor games from Wired magazine may do the trick.

We’ll post any updates concerning the park and park programs as we get them. Also follow @SoraurenPark on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Information on affected City services is continually updated on the City of Toronto website.