Category: Youth

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.

Join the first Sorauren RC Toy Car Derby March 26

Photo of five remote-controlled toy cars racing on a dirt track, kicking up dust.
Bring your remote-controlled toy car to the first Sorauren RC Car Derby, March 26

Start your (electric) engines! The inaugural Sorauren Park Remote-Control Toy Car Derby is set for Saturday, March 26 at 9:30 am on the course at the Sorauren Rink. All invited!

Now that the ice is gone, and before the boards are put away, the rink will be re-purposed into a remote-control car race track with jumps, tunnels and mud baths.

Events include a multi-lap race, a drag race and obstacle course. (Note: not a demolition derby.) Car names are a must. Car decorating and detailing welcome, and costumes encouraged!

The winner will receive the inaugural Sorauren RC Derby Cup. Also, if you register, you will be included in a raffle for a new RC car donated by Scooter Toy Girls.

Register on-site. No fees to enter but donations are accepted to support park programs. Rain-date the following Saturday, watch this space and @SoraurenPark social media for updates.

The Derby is supported by the non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park and volunteer derby officials and umpires.

Overhead drone photo showing the rink boards on the baseball diamond, before the snow and ice arrives.
Sorauren Rink, now done for the season but the perfect site for the first Sorauren Remote-Control Toy Car Derby, March 26. (Photo from 2021, Oliver Vollmer)

Sorauren Summer Kids Fun: Kids Gardening

It’s the perfect way to end the Sorauren Summer Kids Fun series: planting a seed and tending to the garden. Visit the Kids Fun table at the Farmers’ Market on Labour Day, September 6 between 3 – 6:30 pm to meet summer programmer Amanda and get into some gardening.

Take a photo of your handiwork and tag @SoraurenPark on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win a prize from Scooter Girl Toys, our Summer Kids Fun sponsor.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Sorauren Summer Kids Fun over this extraordinary summer. The program was produced by Friends of Sorauren Park and made possible by community donors, sponsor Scooter Girl Toys, and the Canada Summer Jobs grant program. Special thanks to our programmer Amanda Vo and videographer Dion Lynch, and our friends at the Sorauren Farmers Market.

Sorauren Summer Kids Fun: Arts & Crafts at the Market

Drop by the Sorauren Summer Kids Fun table at the Farmers’ Market on August 30 between 3 – 6:30 pm, to get creative with arts and crafts. Amanda, our summer program coordinator will have paper, crayons, chalk, glitter and the supplies your little ones need to express themselves. Plus, for fun, some flying disks.

Take a photo of your artwork and tag @SoraurenPark on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win a prize from Scooter Girl Toys, our Summer Kids Fun sponsor.