A City within a park

August 20, 2011 | Thomas

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Parks are vital to social and cultural life of Toronto. In this post we will explore Dufferin Grove Park, located just south of the beautiful and much beloved Bloor/Gladstone Library in Toronto's west-end.

Dufferin Grove Park

Dufferin Grove spans two city blocks and is full of huge deciduous trees. It boasts a community centre, pizza oven, vegetable garden, two skating rinks (that sub as a bike polo rink and a skate park in the summer), an organic farmers market and way more.

Farmers market
The organic farmer's market at Dufferin Grove.

Part of what makes Dufferin Grove unique is the way it is run. A mix of the Parks Department and local community involvement has brought about initiatives like an ice skate rental program, the construction of a community bake oven and the creation of community fire pits.

Local resident and park volunteer Jason Kun (pictured above) has helped organize and build a skatepark at Dufferin Grove for the past few years.

If you are interested in learning more about Toronto's parks or the uses of public space have a look at the links and books mentioned below. Or better yet, visit North York Central Library or your nearest Toronto Public library branch to speak with your local and friendly librarian.

Dufferin Grove in 1913

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