Category: Gardening

Yale alumni return to Sorauren for 12th year of gardening

Photo of 7 volunteers, 5 adults and two kids, resting on park boulders after a morning of shovelling mulch and wood chips under a blue sky.
The Yale Day of Service is held on the same day around the world by chapters of Yale alumni.

It’s a tradition begun 12 years ago (!) when Yale University alumni in Toronto were looking for a volunteer activity to align with the Yale Day of Service held every May around the world. This year another beautiful morning greeted volunteers who spent a few hours helping to beautify the Fieldhouse garden and mulch park trees.

Our thanks to the alumni and their young family members who have grown over the years. You can see some of them featured in the Sorauren Park 25th anniversary documentary, The Story of Sorauren Park.

Watch for more volunteer opportunities and be sure to sign up for the Sorauren Park News newsletter and follow us on social media @SoraurenPark.

Thanks again to Parks, Forestry and Recreation for the mulch and wood chips.

Gardening Day and t-shirt sales May 13

Join the Friends of Sorauren Park and volunteers for the annual Gardening Day on Saturday, May 13 starting at 10 a.m. by the Sorauren Fieldhouse.

We’ll spruce up the gardens around the Fieldhouse, around the park, and make preparations for the new tool shed that will accompany the new pizza bake oven coming this summer.

No experience necessary. Bring gardening gloves and simple garden tools if you have them.

Photo of blue t-shirt with Friends of Sorauren Park logoThis is also your chance to purchase a cool Friends of Sorauren Park t-shirt, $10 each. All proceeds support the non-profit Friends and free programming at the park including movie nights.

To volunteer for other Sorauren Park activities, use our handy volunteer form and we’ll be in touch.

Gardening and park clean-up day May 7

Grab your gardening gloves and a shovel and help us beautify the park at the annual Gardening Day on Saturday, May 7. We’ll start at 10 a.m. at the Fieldhouse, with large mulch piles to distribute around the gardens and the flourishing Town Square trees.

If you’ve got a wheelbarrow, bring that, too! All ages welcome, and there will be coffee.

Once again, we’ll be joined by our friends from the global Yale Day of Service, who have made Sorauren Park a second home for six years now.

Park clean-up and gardening day May 9


The annual Sorauren Park clean-up and gardening day is set for Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m. Coffee’s on… bring your gloves, trowels, shovels, wheelbarrows! (Or just bring yourself, that’s OK too.)

Yale alumni, Sorauren gardeners and MP Peggy Nash take a break from tending to the Fieldhouse gardens

Yale alumni, Sorauren gardeners and MP Peggy Nash take a break from tending to the Fieldhouse gardens in 2014

Once again, local residents will team up with a special group of Yale University alumni, who have volunteered for five years now at the Sorauren event as part of the Yale Global Day of Service.

Thanks also to Parks, Forestry and Recreation for providing mulch and supplies.

Meet by the Fieldhouse. Work will focus on the gardens there, then spread out around the park depending on volunteer strength. Please rsvp using the Contact form so we have an idea of how many to expect.

It’s a great way to meet new neighbours and friends, and spend some time outdoors. All ages, no experience necessary!