A City within a park
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 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.
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.
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.
Library Related Resources:
- Jacobs, Jane. The death and life of great American cities. 1961.
- Maciejewski, Andrej. Toronto Parks. 1997.
- Low, Setha and Smith Niel. The Politics of Public Space. 2006.
- Kingwell, Mark and Turmel, Patrick. Rites of way: the politics and poetics of public space. 2009.
- Neal, Zachary P. and Orum, Anthony M. Common ground? reading and reflections on public space. 2010.
- Kayden, Gerald S. Privately owned space: the New York experience. 2000.
- Mitchell, Don. The right to the city: social justice and the fight for public space. 2003