The Friends of Sorauren Park are urging everyone who is able to donate to local charities and social services on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19, and who are caring for those most affected.
The board members of FOSP have each made a gift to the St. Joseph Health Centre Foundation. We’ve all spent time at our local hospital, and many of our kids were born there. Now is the time to support this vital community institution and the dedicated staff who work there, keeping us healthy.
UPDATED APRIL 3: The City of Toronto has announced sweeping new rules in the battle to fight COVID-19 that affect the public’s use of parks.
“Today, the City of Toronto announced that all City-owned playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor exercise equipment and other parks amenities, as well as parking lots attached to its parks system, will be closed effective immediately, in the City’s continuing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19,” says the official press release.
It is also now illegal under provincial statute to congregate in groups of five or more. And under a new City order, “Any two people who don’t live together, who fail to keep two metres of distance between them in a park or public square, can receive a $1,000 ticket – the maximum set fine available. Officers could issue higher tickets that would be subject to the courts where fines could go up to $5,000 upon conviction.”
Over the years many local businesses have supported the programming, activities and projects that make Sorauren Park a treasured part of the community. They’ve done this with cash sponsorships or donations, in-kind donations of goods or services, or other types of support.
Now is our time to support them (even more!) to keep our community strong and ready for a return to normal, whatever the new normal looks like. Use our directory below to support our supporters, and check business status.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led the City to cancel all permits for parks and City buildings including the Sorauren Fieldhouse as a public health precaution. As such, the Sorauren Farmers Market has announced it will be closed starting March 16 until at least April 5.
The park itself is open and is a great place to enjoy the outdoors while practicing appropriate social distancing. Some of these outdoor games from Wired magazine may do the trick.
We’ll post any updates concerning the park and park programs as we get them. Also follow @SoraurenPark on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Registration for kids soccer and t-ball starts March 11 through the city of Toronto website and other means. The popular programs are run in partnership with the community-based Sorauren Sports Association. The city also runs tennis programs and, in the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse, early-age Adventure Camp, supervised play programs, and adult pilates through the summer.