Category: Town Square

Farmers’ Market opens May 24

Three volunteers with the Farmers' Market, wearing their face masks, stand behind a sign outlining the COVID-19 rules for attending the market, taken at the 2020 market outdoors on the Sorauren Town Square.
The Farmers’ Market ran outdoors in the summer of 2020 under COVID-19 protocols.

Note: An earlier version of this article referenced a May 3 opening date. The Market will not open on May 3, and instead will open May 24.

The Sorauren Farmers’ Market is planning to open on Victoria Day, Monday, May 24, outdoors on the park’s Town Square. The Market’s normal outdoor schedule is 3 – 7 pm every Monday.

In normal years the Market moves from its winter home indoors at the Sorauren Fieldhouse to its outdoor home in the park in late May. Pandemic conditions prevented the winter market from opening this past season, replaced by the Farm Box program which has now wrapped up.

Follow Sorauren Farmers’ Market on social media for updates, or visit the Market website. The Market is produced by the Sorauren Farmers’ Market Association.

Sorauren Farmers Market reopens July 6

Wear your masks at the Market

After many months of closure due to the pandemic, the Sorauren Farmers Market got the green light and will reopen in Sorauren Park at the usual time, 3-7 pm on Mondays on the Town Square.

COVID-19 means farmers’ markets will look and feel a little different with special physical distancing and hygiene protocols. You might not be able to see the smile on your favourite vendor’s face because of their mask, but please know they have missed you and are very happy to see you!

To comply with Public Health recommendations please note the following:
● Shop quickly, ideally one person per household
● If you are unwell, stay home
● Wear a mask
● Maintain a safe distance from others, be patient and kind – this is challenging for everyone
● Please pre-order with vendors online – this way you can visit the pre-order pick-up window for a speedy visit
● Follow the one-way direction of the Market
● Please do not touch the food – your vendor will pack for you
● No eating in the Market area – take your food and eat at home or in the park.

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Register for June 4 community centre update and survey results

Birds-eye view drawing of the old brick linseed oil mill building, re-imagined as the Wabash Community Centre
2009 concept plan for Wabash Community Centre by Oleson Worland_Taylor Smyth architects, in joint venture

Join us June 4 at 7 pm for a special online presentation of the results of the Sorauren Park (Wabash) Community Centre public consultation undertaken by the Friends of Sorauren Park.

More than 1,100 community members answered our survey… thank you! The presentation will also include ideas and opinions gathered through meetings and by write-in feedback from many community members about this exciting project in Sorauren Park.

We’ll also showcase the official positions of the Friends of Sorauren Park, and provide an update on the project.

Due to COVID, the June 4 event will be presented as a webinar using the Zoom platform. Register now and we’ll send you the link and instructions.

We’re using Eventbrite for registrations and you may need to sign in with your Eventbrite or Facebook account. If you are having any trouble registering, contact us.

The June 4 event will focus on the community-driven consultation process through the Friends of Sorauren Park. The City will be undertaking its own public consultations in collaboration with project designers Diamond Schmitt Architects, which FOSP will also support. Those consultations have been delayed because of COVID.

City Council approved the Wabash Community Centre budget in 2017 and since then has undertaken preliminary studies, engineering and hired the architects.

Register now to join the live presentation on June 4 at 7 pm.

Wabash Community Centre “on track” according to city budget documents

Photo of old brick linseed factory, bright sunlight on the west wall
The old linseed mill at 40 Wabash Avenue, the site of the future community centre

New City of Toronto budget documents show the Wabash Community Centre project at Sorauren Park is “on track” as the city’s Budget Committee and, eventually, City Council work to approve the annual budget and 10-year plan in February.

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Be heard… take the Community Centre survey

Sorauren Park Town Square At Risk!! from JbyJ Video Production on Vimeo.

With the exciting news the city has hired Diamond Schmitt Architects to work on the design for the new Wabash Community Centre, now is the time to provide your input on plans for the new facility at Sorauren Park.

For example, did you know the park’s Town Square and Fieldhouse may be threatened? These critical park amenities, built in part through community donations and which make possible the Farmers Market, the outdoor movies, the Pumpkin Sale, community events like the Tragically Hip screening, and more, have been identified as inside the “development zone” for the new community centre. Help inform an innovative design for the new community centre that responds to all community needs by taking the survey.

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