The non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park is dedicated to bringing free programming to the park, including the Outdoor Movie series, the natural ice rink, last year’s 20th anniversary celebration, and last summer’s Tragically Hip concert broadcast live. We also support the Pumpkin Parade and run an annual gardening event.
We’re also dedicated to advocating for the completion of the park, including the new community centre (add your keychain to the hundreds on the fence!) and the forthcoming bake oven.
But we can’t do it without your support. You can donate online to support our activities, or feel free to “feed the hat” when we pass the hat at some of our events.
Thanks for supporting Sorauren Park!
The Wabash Building Society has a new name: Friends of Sorauren Park.
Incorporated as an all-volunteer community non-profit in 2006, the Wabash Building Society was founded initially to advocate for the forthcoming Wabash Community Centre at the park. Over the years, we have supported Sorauren Park generally, with projects including:
- fundraising to open the Sorauren Fieldhouse in 2008
- fundraising to open the Sorauren Town Square in 2014
- organizing the Sorauren Hosers and the natural ice rink
- running the Adopt-A-Tree program to ensure the success of our 48 new trees planted in 2014
- organizing last year’s Sorauren Park 20th Anniversary birthday bash
- launching this year’s Outdoor Movie season
- running this website, the @SoraurenPark Twitter account, and the monthly e-mail newsletter
- working with other park groups including Sorauren Park Sports, the West End Food Co-op (Farmers Market), permit holders, and, of course, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation to continually improve the park
- meeting monthly since 2006 to organize all these projects and have fun
- raising or leveraging more than $750,000 for park improvements
“As the mission expanded, the name Wabash Building Society was increasingly met with puzzlement,” says WBS volunteer chair Joël Campbell. “So, we’ve changed.”
The Friends of Sorauren Park carries on the tradition of community involvement in the park started more than 25 years ago, before the park was opened. In the early years, that involvement was coordinated by the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association. The WBS, and now the Friends, grew out of an RMRA sub-committee. There are now 10 active directors on the board, working with a large base of volunteers and sponsors.
You are invited to get involved. Volunteering is fun, rewarding, and a great way to meet your neighbours. We meet the first Thursday of every month at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.
The Wabash Building Society name will carry on as the legal name of the non-profit corporation. But going forward, as an operating name, the Friends of Sorauren Park will carry the torch for our special little park.
Handy with a brush? Or just want to volunteer, contribute to the community and have a coffee and pizza with neighbours? Join the volunteers painting the interior ground floor of the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse… it’s needing some TLC since our last painting day five years ago (!).
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up, or use the Contact page. All supplies provided including coffee, snacks, lunch, tunes. Volunteer for prep day and painting day, or just one day, or just one hour… everything helps! All ages (yes, you too, high schoolers looking for hours).
Prep day: Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Painting day: Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
On Sunday June 17th, from 2-5pm, Sorauren Park, will be filled with the sounds, stories, food, games, and community-minded revelry of the fourth annual family party now known as Little City Festival (formerly Totstock).
Last year’s fest drew a crowd of about 4,500 people and we need your help to make it happen!
We are looking for volunteers to set up, tear down and run the games. We’re also looking for folks who can spread the word through social media, personal networks and postering. We need sponsors as well as great raffle prizes!
Remember to drop by the BBQ fundraiser in support of the new Sorauren Town Square and Free the Children clean-water systems.
Want to get involved? Contact The Little Paper at email@example.com.