All posts in June Callwood Park

Reversing the long, slow decline in funding for TO parks

Image – Carlton Park –  Toronto April 29th 1913

Text from the newsletter

Let City Council know that parks are important to you and that a gradual, slow decline in city support for our parks is not good for your park and community. You can depute to the City’s budget committee, send in your comments or write your local city councillor. Find out how here. Toronto City Council will discuss and vote on the budget at the Council meeting on January 15-17, 2013.

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Toronto Park Summit this coming Saturday May 12th, the junctioneer blog will be posting updates from the event all day

Organized by Park People, on Saturday, May 12 at the Brickworks, starting at 1 p.m. Keynote speaker is Robert Hammond, co-founder of the famed High Line elevated park in Manhattan.

You can attend – Registration is free (and/or PWYC) but space is limited.

Click here to register

Pls remember to uses to visit this blog.

Wonderful park furniture


…really there are no words need to describe how perfect this work is , the piece becomes  a self contained shelter and community place in this setting.


Constructed from thick folded steel drawn, shaped and fabricated with painstaking accuracy, this bold red structure is an enigmatic resting and conversation point - Design: sixteen*(makers) at The Bartlett UCL

Smoking outlawed at Toronto playgrounds

Toronto has extended the prohibition to anywhere within nine metres of a city playground, splash pad or wading pool

from code amendment endorsing the ban….

proposed amendments to Municipal Code, Chapter 608, Parks will prohibit smoking in children’s recreational play areas and will be enforced by By-law Officers of the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division. Smoking should be prohibited within a 9-metre radius surrounding the edge of playground safety surfaces or any playground equipment in Toronto parks, within a 9-metre radius surrounding the edge of wading pool basins or safety surfaces of splash pads and within zoos and farms operated by Parks, Forestry and Recreation. This restriction is consistent with Ontario legislation that bans smoking within a 9-metre radius of entrances and exits of hospital buildings.

from the Toronto Star article today…

Officials confess it may be difficult to enforce, but Brenda Patterson, parks general manager, expects to be helped by community self-policing. Just as officers are not standing around looking for dogs off leash or illegal dumping, enforcement will occur if individuals call in a complaint, she said.

Parents and parks staff can simply ask a smoker to put out their cigarette. “Children who recognize it’s a no-smoking area will make comments themselves,” Patterson said.

The ban will go into effect when the province sets the fine amount. The city is hoping for a $305 fine.

The city will spend $16,000 for no-smoking signs in 833 playgrounds and elsewhere. It also plans a public education campaign.
Link to report presented to counsillors [opens in new window]

Outcome of June Callwood Park Design Competition

June Callwood park Diagram - City of Toronto diagram

June Callwood park Diagram - City of Toronto diagram

The competition jury  selected gh3 design firm as the winner for the  June Callwood Park  Callwood Park Design Competition.

Council authorise Parks, Forestry and Recreation to enter into and execute an agreement on behalf of the City with gh3 to provide professional landscape architectural services for June Callwood Park, based on a proposed fee of up to 12 percent of the construction costs

Full report [opens in new window]