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Local groups & councillors will spend Earth Day doing park work

Taylor Park cleanup crew -EVENTBRITE

Taylor Park cleanup crew -EVENTBRITE

In what has become an annual East York and Toronto tradition, residents, community groups and political reps will band together in several locations on Sat. April 22 to celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up area parks for the Spring season.

At Taylor Creek Park the Friends of Taylor Creek Park and Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis have organized a ravine and park clean-up from 9:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. that is a full blown community get-together. It offers free drinks and hot dogs along with face-painting and live music at an ongoing warm-up campfire. (Donations of a loonie or toonie are requested but not mandatory and people are also encouraged to bring food items to share.)

Particpants will gather trash not only on the pathways but also in some of the “off-trail” areas and gloves, garbage bags and recycling containers will be provided. Participants should meet at the #4 firepit off Haldon Avenue. In the event that a 60% chance of rain is forecast at 7 a.m. that day, the event will be rescheduled to the Sunday. For more information visit

In Leaside, meanwhile from 9 a.m. till about noon, volunteers will “Sweep The Street” on Bayview Ave. for the third year in a row with the support of the local BIA, which provides bags but participants are asked to bring their own brooms.  Also happening in the Leaside and Thorncliffe Park area are several local park and community clean-ups with which anyone can help.

The St. Cuthbert’s Church clean-up of  the Bayview Extension happens 10 a.m. till noon.  The Thorncliffe Park Garden Club gathers 10-noon at the corner of Beth Nealson and Thorncliffe Park Drive.

From 10:15 – 12:15, the Northlea United community clean-up takes place in Serena Gundy Park, 58 Rykert Crescent.

Also in Thornliffe Park, an Islamic Circle Clean Up takes place from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Meet at Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre, 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr.

From 1-2 p.m., a Thorncliffe Park United Church Clean Up takes place in R.V. Burgess Park, 46 Thorncliffe Park Drive.

Also from 1 p.m. a Flemingdon Park Community Clean Up happens  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  Meet at Shoppers Drug Mart in the plaza at Don Mills Rd.  and Gateway Blvd., 

From 9 a.m. till 11, members of the East York Garden Club and others are invited to help clean up Stan Wadlow Park at Cosburn Ave. and Cedarvale.  Meet at the rockery garden.

At 9:30 a.m. residents near Gledhill Park will gather there for a two-hour clean up blitz.  At 10 am people in the Park Vista apartments area will congregate outside 2 Park Vista Ave. for three-hour clean up exercise.  And from noon till 1:30 p.m. you can join Friends of Dentonia Park and the Danforth Islamic Centre to help spruce up Dentonia Park.

At the Stephenson Park (61 Stephenson Ave.) cleanup there will be a community bonfire happening, with marshmallows supplied, following a clean-up of the park and community garden area from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Other parks are conducting one-hour blitzes from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. that morning, including Norwood Park (16 Norwood Road) and Monarch Park (1 Parkmount Rd.)

Free Compost in Some Locations

Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis is providing free compost in two locations on Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. till when supplies run out.  The locations are in the Parkview Hills area at the northeast corner of Northline Rd. and Northdale Blvd. and at Topham Park, 181 Westview Blvd. at the south end of the park.  Residents will be also be meeting at the park clubhouse to do a park cleanup from 10 a.m. till noon. 

At Phin Park (115 Condor Ave.) the local Pocket Community Association has organized a 10 a.m. Clean-Up Day at which Ward 30 Councillor Paula Fletcher will be supplying free garden compost, there will be a firetruck for the kids to check out and free coffee and baked good will be available. People are also encouraged to bring tools to help build a community garden for the area.

At Kempton Howard Park (150 Blake St.) the local clean-up takes place from 9:30 till noon. For more info:

Some Events Take Place Sunday April 23

Some parks are doing their clean-up blitzes the following day, Sunday April 23. According to Councillor Fletcher’s office, Riverdale Park, Greenwood Park and Jimmie Simpson Park take place that day and the councillor says she will provide free compost at each.

At the Greenwood Park location, Ward 30 Bikes volunteers will have their hauling cycles on site to help anyone requesting assistance to get their compost from the park back to their lawns.

At Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, meanwhile people can gather from 10 a.m. to help clean up  the Wildflower Preserve and catch a glimpse of emerging new buds. Gloves, garbage bags and snacks will be provided and participants are advised to wear long pants and sleeves and sturdy boots.


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