Parenting and raising kids in our neighbourhood.

Jane's Walk: Why Cheap Parks Are More Fun

Campbell Park - Soup on the Campfire: Onion soup and toasted croutons on the campfire. Campbell Park Friday Night Skating Party. Photo by Vic Gedris, 2011-01-28Campbell Park - Soup on the Campfire: Onion soup and toasted croutons on the campfire. Campbell Park Friday Night Skating Party. Photo by Vic Gedris, 2011-01-28

Started in 2007, Jane's Walk is an annual event honouring the late urban thinker, activist, and writer Jane Jacobs. On May 5 and 6 2012, free walking tours will take place in cities all over Canada, the USA, and other countries around the world.

On Sunday May 6, starting at 3:00PM, the Why Cheap Parks Are More Fun walking tour, guided by Jutta Mason, will start at MacGregor Park, widing its way via Lansdowne, the Railpath, and other places to finish at Campbell Park for a campfire.

Community Parks Summit

Community Parks
Summit Open House and Consultation Forum

Hosted by Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailão Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club -
180 Westmoreland Ave. 1:00PM on Saturday May 5th, 2012

• Meet neighbours, staff and local parks organizations
• Learn about new and upcoming initiatives to improve our parks
• Provide face-to-face and map-based input

Consultation Forum
• Food in Parks
• Maintenance and upkeep
• Community Engagement
• Arts in Parks
• Sponsorship and Donations
• Trees and Gardening
• Sports in Parks
• Permits

Ward 18 Community BBQ Perth Square Park

Ward 18 Community BBQ

June 23rd, 2012 perth Square park 12pm-2pm
All residents are invited to the Ward 18 Community BBQ. Please join Ana Bailao and members of the community for food, entertainment and games for all ages as we fundraise to build a running track and soccer pitch at Perth Avenue and St. Luigi Schools. Hope to see you there!

Cycle and Celebrate the West Toronto Railpath June 16th.

Details from the Cycle Toronto website:

Event date: 16 June, 2012 - 13:00 - 16:00, Bike ride at 12:00 noon.
Event Type: Festival / Special Event

The West Toronto Railpath is a beautiful and award-winning public space to walk, ride a bike, and enjoy being active and outdoors. On Saturday June 16, CultureLink Settlement Services, Cycle Toronto, the Davenport West Bike Project, Bike Pirates and our friends and partners host a celebration of the Railpath and what it means to us. We celebrate clean and sustainable transportation options, and we celebrate how the Railpath creates vital connections between diverse communities living and working in this historic neighborhood. Activities include:

Win a new schoolyard for Perth Ave. (Round 2!)


Vote for the Perth Ave Public School / St. Luigi Catholic Schoolyard Project to Win 1 of 4 $50,000 Grants Through the Team Up Foundation Fund. Thanks to your support we are already in the Top Ten. Final round of voting is from Wed. March 7 to Fri. March 16. Vote every day – it's easy!


Step #1: Go online to register at:
Step #2: Scan through the Candidates to find our application: Perth Avenue Public School/St. Luigi Catholic School
Step #3: Click on Vote for this Charity, where you will Register and submit your vote. Vote daily.
Step #4: Anyone with an email address can vote. Get your kids and family voting and forward this message to your entire address book – our kids will thank you! Remind others to vote daily.

For those that do not have access to a computer, from Wednesday, March 7 to Friday, March 9, students are encouraged to vote at school and a school computer will be made accessible for the public to vote. For assistance voting call Perth School 416-393-1410 or St. Luigi's 416-393-5370. During the March Break (March 12-16) a computer will be made available at the Boys and Girls Club 1379 Bloor St. For questions call The Boys and Girls Club at 416-530-4233. Public computers are available for voting anytime at the Perth Dupont Library or other City of Toronto Library during their regular business hours.

Vote for the Perth Schoolyard Project

Vote for the Perth Schoolyard Project

A group of residents is working to improve the playground behind Perth Avenue Public School and St. Luigi Catholic School. The playground is currently covered in paved asphalt. A plan to build a rubberized running track could become a reality this summer if enough people vote to support the initiative in a $50,000 grant competition called ‘Team Up’ offered by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Voting continues until February 20. You can make it better for all the children in the neighbourhood by showing your support with a vote!

The MLSE Team Up Foundation is introducing a new grant program this year – the Team Up Foundation Fund (TUFF) with a total of $200,000 available across four charitable grants. Four charitable organizations will each receive $50,000 at the end of March. Winners are selected based on VOTES!

With this grant we hope to attain a poured rubber track for approximately 600 students from Perth and St. Luigi Schools as well as 140 children from the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club. Perth Avenue Public School and St. Luigi Catholic School are a joint TDSB/TCDSB schools servicing students from JK -Grade 8. See more about this project at

Meeting: Perth Ave. PS Grade 7-8 Expansion

Sharon writes:

Perth Public School is having a meeting on Thursday, January 19th at 6:30 to discuss the school's possible extension through to grade 8. Superintendent Curtis Ennis and Trustee Maria Rodrigues will both be in attendance. Even if you don't have kids at the school, come out and show your support!

Kids Carnival at Just Kid'n Around

The following meeting info comes from Nellie at Just Kid'N'Around, at 1615 Dupont St.:

Ring in the New Year with our first ever Kids Carnival at Just Kid'n Around!

11:00am - 2:00pm

Lots of fun to be had by all - young and old!

Tickets ONLY $15/child and $25/family (infants 12 months and under are FREE) and available at the door OR
Take advantage of our Early Bird discount - only $12/child and $20/family if purchased by JANUARY 14

ALL tickets purchased by January 14 will be entered into a draw to win a FREE basic birthday party package valued at $275.

Ticket includes: 1 hot dog, 1 juice and 3 game/attraction tickets!!!

Attractions include: Face Painting, Bouncy Castle, Nail Art/Nail Painting, Take Home Craft, Raffles and more!!!

Perth School Playground, and Public Library Expansion

The Villager / Inside Toronto has an article that touches upon two major community-lead projects in the Junction Triangle: The Junction Triangle Library Project, and the Perth Avenue Public School Playground Revitalization Project.

You can read the article online here.

Some quotes:

Perth Avenue Junior Public School's yard is a bare patch of asphalt, but if Junction Triangle resident Allison Grey's New Year's resolution comes true it'll be well on its way to becoming an urban oasis for sports, agriculture and outdoor learning.
She is just one of many community activists who is looking ahead to January and beyond to build on initiatives they spearheaded in 2010.

Grey, who has lived in the neighbourhood for a decade, was instrumental in launching the Perth Avenue Public School Playground Revitalization Project. She credits Perth P.S. Principal Janice Robinson for inspiring her to kick-start the redevelopment of the yard. Its sorry state has stopped some area parents from enrolling their children in the elementary school on Ruskin Avenue, said Grey.

"We'd love to do a whole big soccer pitch with a track around it, but it'll likely cost thousands of dollars," she said.

The aim is to start with smaller, less costly projects. Already, Robinson has erected two new hockey nets and has plans to purchase other equipment, such as basketball hoops. There are ideas circulating for some artwork like a mural, added Grey.

Meanwhile, Grey's neighbour, Kevin Putnam, the co-founder of the Junction Triangle Library Expansion Committee, is eager to continue efforts to grow the beloved Perth/Dupont branch, one of the smallest in the city.

At a Nov. 22 meeting, Bailao announced a $1.2 million injection of funds toward the project, which includes encouraging local residents to fill out an online survey called 'The 100 Day Survey.' They can do so until the end of February. Its purpose is to gather as much input from as many people as possible. A report outlining the results of the survey and a public consultation process will be submitted to the Toronto Public Library Association before it is released to the public at the end of March, said Putnam, with fundraising to follow.

2nd annual Solstice Celebration at Carlton Park

Tipera sent the following event info:

When: Dec. 21st as soon as the sun sets.

There will be fire performances and hopefully a fire so bring your marsh mellows! Also please bring a home made or otherwise lantern! Any one interested in joining in and performing please email, or go to Carlton Park People's Auxiliary face book page.

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