Category: Town Square

Family Day activities at Sorauren Park

Family Day poster February 20, 2017

You’re invited to the park on Family Day Monday for a campfire and special activities organized by the Friends of Sorauren Park and the Sorauren Farmers Market.

With the demise of the rink over the warm weekend, the focus will shift to the Town Square, with all-welcome drop-in ball hockey and the campfire, beginning at 1 p.m. Bring your sticks, we’ll set up the nets. Sound system courtesy Scooter Girl Toys.

The Farmers Market gets under way at 3 p.m., with special giant jenga, corn hole games and hot drinks. Fabulous market delicacies and prepared food will be available at the Market tables in the Sorauren Fieldhouse until 7 p.m.

See you at the park!

Gardening and park clean-up day May 7

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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.

Town Square extension work starts July 21

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Phase 2 construction for the Sorauren Park Town Square starts July 21 thanks to community fundraising efforts and support from Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

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!

Bench campaign successful, thank you!

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Thanks to great support from community members, the Six Bench Holiday Campaign is already a success! All six bench spots have been spoken for. Two benches have been installed at the new Sorauren Town Square and the other four will be installed this spring.

Watch this space for new opportunities coming soon to donate to the park and leave a lasting legacy.

Six Bench Holiday Campaign

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Give the gift of contemplation this season by helping to fund six park benches for the new Sorauren Town Square.

Four benches are already funded… only two more to go, or about $3,800!

Big thanks to families and staff of Howard Public School for funding the first two benches. Another two have been funded thanks to the proceeds from the 2014 Sorauren Pumpkin Sale and other Town Square Phase 2 donors.

All donations receive a tax receipt. You can donate online or by cheque. All donations of $100 or more are recognized on the park donor wall.

Also, for $1,900, the price of one park bench, you can get the name of your loved one or organization on the plaque affixed permanently to the bench. Contact us for details.

Sorauren Park fundraising campaigns are managed by the non-profit Wabash Building Society in collaboration with the City of Toronto and the charitable Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. Thanks to your support, more than $700,000 has been raised and leveraged to add the Sorauren Fieldhouse and the new Town Square (phase 1) to the park since 2006.