Thirsty? Check out the new water fountain and water bottle filling station by the Sorauren Fieldhouse. Thanks to the FitzGerald family and friends, who raised $20,000 in donations in honour of Owen FitzGerald. It’s a wonderful addition to the park and a memorial the whole community can enjoy for many years to come.
The concrete pad poured for the fountain was specially designed to also accommodate the new bake oven, to be constructed this summer… watch for notices.
Thanks also to Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and Parks, Forestry and Recreation for making this legacy a reality.
This additional construction will:
- extend the Town Square permeable paving pattern into the pathway and new, expanded patio space around the Sorauren Fieldhouse, replacing much of the limestone screening
- re-use the existing Fieldhouse patio pavers into a wider pathway on the west side of the Fieldhouse, fixing a drainage problem
- move one healthy tree to replace one dead tree near the Town Square. The dead tree was the only tree of 48 new trees that did not make it through the brutal winter, a testament to the success of the Adopt-A-Tree crew. Many parks had 30% attrition on new trees.
Construction will start on Tuesday to have the least effect as possible on the Monday Farmers’ Market. Work is expected to last about two weeks, depending on weather.
The work does not include the bake oven… still fundraising for that!
Spend your Family Day in the community with a swing by Sorauren Park. The weather is looking promising for a great day of skating and shinny on the natural ice rinks, brought to you by the Sorauren Park Hosers.
Then, the Sorauren Farmers Market will start early at 2 p.m., with tunes, hot chocolate, treats and goodies, running till 7 p.m. in the Fieldhouse by the rink.
If the skies are clear, Sorauren Stargazers will set up the telescope for early-evening views of Jupiter, its four biggest moons, the Orion nebula, and other heavenly sights.
Bring your own fun things to do, too! See you at the park on Feb. 16.
Volunteers are welcome to join the annual Gardening Day event happening Saturday, May 10 starting at 10 a.m. We’ll be weeding, pruning and cleaning the gardens and grounds around the Sorauren Fieldhouse. High schoolers: get some volunteer hours!
Bring gloves, shovels, trowels, clippers, pruners, and composting bags if you can spare one or two.
Once again, we’ll be joined by volunteers from the Yale alumni, who are participating in the annual global Yale Day of Service. These are Toronto Yale alumni who don’t live in the neighbourhood but who have “adopted” Sorauren over the years for gardening day. Thanks Yale!
Following last spring’s painting of the main floor interior, volunteers moved upstairs this November to repaint the Sorauren Fieldhouse’s second floor. Over two weekends, crews cleaned, patched and painted the walls, window wells and doors, giving new life to the busy room.
Big thanks to Susan Vandendam from the Wabash Building Society for organizing both the spring and fall events (and similar events five years ago, when the Fieldhouse was first painted!). Thanks also to all the besplattered volunteers.
Upstairs wall paint, a vibrant yellow, was generously donated by Pollocks Home Hardware on Roncesvalles… thanks Len McAuley.
Um, see you in another five years!