Have your say Jan. 31 on the Community Centre

Interior rending showing new gym on basement level. View is west towards main entrance off Wabash Avenue on left. From 2009 Wabash Green Feasibility Study (concept study).

The Friends of Sorauren Park are holding a consultation January 31, 2019 on the plans for the Wabash Community Centre. This is the first step in our efforts to aggregate community input and formulate a summary report to submit to the City of Toronto later this year.

Sign up to attend… your responses will help us greatly to plan the event. If you signed up earlier, no need to do it again… we’ll be in touch.

The all-volunteer, non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park, incorporated as the Wabash Building Society, has advocated for the enjoyment and completion of Sorauren Park since 2006. Among our accomplishments: Fieldhouse (2008), Town Square (2014), Bake Oven (2017) and festivals, outdoor movies and the natural ice rink, among other free programs.

The consultation will take place at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse starting at 7 pm, January 31. Sign up today!

The Friends are undertaking this community-driven public consultation process to parallel efforts of the City of Toronto. The community effort will be meaningful, organized, transparent and respectful. The resulting findings and recommendations will be presented to the broader community and the City.

Check out new park youth council – free pizza!

Are you aged 14 to 18?

Do you need volunteer hours?

Are you looking for a way to get involved in the community and give your ideas about the new Wabash Community Centre, create events, run festivals and outdoor movies, or just help out?

Meet up at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse at 7 pm on Wednesday, January 23 and we’ll get started!

Please click the Going button on our Facebook event so we know to expect you and can order pizza and drinks. Yes! There will be free pizza!

Brought to you by the Friends of Sorauren Park.

Questions? Contact us.

Sorauren Rink open, flooding nightly at 9 pm

skaters on a two-pad natural ice rink under blue skies

First weekend of skating at Sorauren Park

The Sorauren Rink is open. Thanks to the day and night efforts of the volunteer Sorauren Hosers Rink Crew, there is a good (if not yet perfect) base for skating.

Flooding takes places every night at 9 pm. The old rusty and ripped hockey nets have been refurbished and will be returned to the rink this weekend. Wait till you see them!

Special thanks to rink sponsors for covering rink operating costs: Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates; Scooter Girl Toys, and Snap Fitness High Park. Special thanks also to Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation for support.

See you at the rink!

sponsor banner attached to fence

Thanks to our 2019 sponsors

Flooding has begun – get rink updates here

Beginning of an outdoor natural ice rink with some flooding done but not a complete surface.

With the positive turn in the weather, the Sorauren Hosers Rink Crew have started flooding the natural ice rink at the park. It will take several days to build a base for skating, however, so get news on rink opening date by visiting this site or following SoraurenPark on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

In the meantime, please stay off the rink surface (the baseball diamond). Footprints, pawprints, holes and ridges greatly slow down the rink-building process.

Once again, there will be two skating pads, one for pleasure skating and one for shinny. Thanks to our sponsors, the Hosers have completely refurbished the hockey nets with new paint and netting. (Wait till you see them!)

Shout-out to Sorauren Rink Season Sponsors:

Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates Brokerage

Scooter Girl Toys

Snap Fitness High Park

 

 

Have your say on Wabash Community Centre

Illustration showing a gym and hallways with light streaming from the top

Artist’s rendering of gym and first floor of community centre, from 2009 concept plans

Dear Neighbours,

As you may already be aware, the Wabash Community Centre to be located in Sorauren Park will soon be a reality. The City of Toronto approved the $40M in funding as part of its 2017 capital budget and is preparing for the preliminary design phase to begin in early 2019 – with shovels in the ground planned for 2020 and doors opening as early as 2022.

With momentum building, the FOSP board thought it important that we lead our own strategic initiative to engage directly with the community to seek interest and participation in planning your ideal community centre.

Our independent initiative is to be complementary to the public consultation process led by the City of Toronto. Our goal is to align to their process and consultation timeline, and to submit a formal FOSP document that has been developed with direct community input.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve heard from many in the community who have expressed a want to “have their say” in shaping how the community centre is designed and built, and how it will serve the people once opened.

So, if you are interested in contributing your time, energy, talents and ideas, please review our strategic framework online and sign up.

Our committees will form around the following paths. Design Excellence, Heritage, Town Square, Aquatic Facilities, Programming, Governance/Operations and Centre/Park Integration. We expect to have our key committees up and running early in the new year.

If you would like more information, feel free to contact us.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday season.

Regards,

Board of Directors,
Friends of Sorauren Park