Category: Town Square

Outdoor movies return to Sorauren Town Square

Photo of crowd at Sorauren Park outdoor movie, including people holding sparklers for a marriage proposal
Surprise marriage proposals have been known to occur at Sorauren Outdoor Movies.

After a two-year absence, Friends of Sorauren Park are pleased to host the summer outdoor movie series on the Town Square once again. Mark your calendars for the fourth Saturday of the month from June to September. The first move—the classic 1994 Jim Carrey comedy Dumb and Dumber will screen Saturday, June 25, starting at 9:30 pm. For the full schedule visit our Outdoor Movie page.

The summer outdoor movies would not be possible without the financial support of our returning presenting sponsors: Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates; Master Mechanic High Park; Dundas West Animal Hospital. Thanks also to our Snack Shack sponsor Scooter Girl Toys, and print sponsor KnightHawk StudioLab.

UPDATE: Sports Equipment Swap Postponed due to Rain—now will take place on Sunday, April 24

Poster announcing Spring Swap April 23 at Sorauren Park Town Square.
Drop something off, pick something up at the Sorauren Spring Swap for sports and recreation equipment

UPDATE: The forecast calls for rain on Saturday, April 23. So we’ve decided to hold the Swap the next day. The Swap will now take place on Sunday, April 24—same Drop-off and Swap times; same place. Please note, the Clean Toronto Together clean-up of both Sorauren and Charles G. Williams parks will still take place on Saturday, April 23, starting at 10 am. If you’ve volunteered for the clean up, dress for the weather.

Mark your calendars: The Great Sorauren Park Spring & Summer Sport Equipment Swap is scheduled for Saturday, April 23 on the Town Square.

The focus is on spring and summer sports and recreation gear. So, drop your gently used bicycles, baseball gear, golf equipment, basketballs, soccer balls, camping gear and more at the Town Square in the morning — and swap them for something new in the afternoon! Rain date: Sunday, April 24.

Please read the details including schedule below. The Swap is brought to you by the all-volunteer Friends of Sorauren Park. All left-over equipment will be donated to KIP Canada, which supports kids with incarcerated parents. Interested in meeting neighbours and supporting the community? You can also help out at the event by volunteering.

Great Sorauren Park Spring & Summer Sport Equipment Drop & Swap
Saturday, April 23 Sorauren Town Square
(Rain date April 24)
Drop off: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Swap: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Will accept:

  • Bikes
  • Soccer equipment
  • Basketball equipment
  • Baseball equipment
  • Racquet sports equipment (tennis, ping-pong, badminton, squash)
  • Play equipment (roller blades; skateboards, kiddie pools, sand boxes)
  • Fitness equipment (yoga gear; free weights)
  • Camping equipment
  • Golf equipment
  • Miscellaneous

Everything must be clean, gently used and in good working order.

Will not accept:

  • Winter sports equipment (hockey/skiing/sleds/toboggans); bike helmets; kayaks/paddles/canoes; anything broken or too dirty, too worn out.

How it works:
For each item you drop off you will be given one ticket in return. Each item dropped has an equal value. We will accept a maximum of 5 items per person. Thank you for helping us work towards our goal of a zero-waste event. We cannot accept drop-offs outside of these hours. You are not allowed to drop off items on someone’s behalf. You must be present at the drop-off to collect your own tickets.

Register your drop-off items and collect your swap tickets at the Friends of Sorauren Park info table.

Follow us on social media @soraurenpark for updates. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter for park news, events, and volunteer opportunies.

Big thanks to our Spring Swap sponsors and supporters KnightHawk StudioLab (poster printing) and Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates (flyer printing and distribution).

Ball hockey Sundays April-June on the Town Square

Kids and adults play ball hockey on the hard surface of the Sorauren Town Square, with two nets set up and traffic cones marking the play area, under a bright blue sky.
Game on!

Join the fun every Sunday from 2 to 6 pm on the Sorauren Park Town Square with drop-in ball hockey starting April 3 and running till the end of June.

Bring your stick and a ball. Hockey nets supplied by the Sorauren Hosers Rink Crew. Shinny rules apply. All welcome. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @SoraurenPark for updates and weather cancellations.

Take the Wabash Community Centre design survey till Nov. 17

Rendering of the proposed Wabash Community Centre design looking north-east from Wabash Avenue across the newly designed Town Square. The new centre combines the historic bricked linseed factory with new "blocks" that include a pool at grade, and a gym mounted on top of the other two buildings.
Concept design looking north-east from Wabash Avenue. The new pools would be inside the new addition at-grade on the north. The historic linseed building would be repurposed to contain multi-purpose and activity rooms and offices. The gym and running track would be in the new building on top. The main lobby entrance is in the middle.

The city and its design consultants, Diamond Schmitt Architects and PMA Landscape Architects, have released the draft designs for the exterior, interior and landscaping for the new Wabash Community Centre at Sorauren Park.

And they want your feedback on the designs. Take the online survey (all responses are anonymous) at toronto.ca/wabash. The survey is open till November 17. Concepts for net-zero energy usage are also included.

As you work through the survey, design rationales are explained alongside images.

Your feedback will help inform the next phase of detailed design work. Construction is expected to be completed in 2026 or 2027 depending on the many variables that affect capital projects including permits and approvals.

Follow @SoraurenPark on social media or subscribe to Sorauren Park News for community centre updates. The city’s project page also tracks progress and includes reports from community engagements.

View looking north-west from Wabash Avenue, towards the back of the building with service entrance, staff and accessibility parking. A children’s activity space is designed around the base of the iconic chimney.

City chooses Wabash Community Centre site design option

aerial diagram, looking north over the park, showing the "Angler" option nestled against the rail corridor, with additions behind and partially on top of the existing Canada Linseed oil mill building.
Option 5, the Angler, from City survey of design options.

The City of Toronto has announced it has chosen “the Angler” as the preferred site design option for the new Wabash Community Centre at Sorauren Park.

“Based on spring and summer consultations with local community members, Indigenous representatives, and the City’s operational staff, the Angler has been selected as the site design option that will be further refined through continued community consultation,” wrote the City in a September 21 email to community members.

The City’s consultations included the Friends of Sorauren Park, which voted for, and promoted, the Angler as the best option.

“We’ve looked closely at the options, and while there are always site compromises in a constrained space, in the end there was little debate among the directors,” said Joël Campbell, chair of Friends of Sorauren Park, in May 2021 when the five site options were presented. “Design option 5, the Angler, was the clear winner for us. We look forward to continuing the collaboration with the City and the design consultants as work progresses through the design process.”

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