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The City's Welcome Policy

The City of Toronto's Welcome Policy program ensures accessibility to recreation programs for residents who are unable to afford the fees to participate in these programs.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, then you might qualify for the Welcome Policy program. Welcome Policy entitlement period run from September 1 to August 31 and must be renewed each year by the client.

Future of 450 Pape Avenue

I wanted to give you an update on the future of 450 Pape Avenue.


I wanted to give you an update concerning the future of 450 Pape Avenue.  As you know, it has been a Salvation Army facility for almost 80 years serving as a home for young mothers and most recently as a temporary location for the Harbour Light tenants while a new facility was being rebuilt on Jarvis Street.

Jimmie Simpson Grand Re-opening

You are invited to the Grand Re-Opening of the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre: Date:           Saturday September 4

 Time:         12 to  2pm 12:15 pm Cake and Ribbon Cutting Location:  Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre 870 Queen Street East Join Parks and Recreation Staff, me and members of the community for the re-opening of the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre with a free community swim and light refreshments.

Riverdale Park Update

 Riverdale Park Improvements

I want to give you a quick update on Riverdale Park and get your suggestions for further park improvements.

I want to give you a quick update on Riverdale Park and get your suggestions for further park improvements.

  • St Matthew’s Bowling Club The historic St. Matthew’s Lawn Bowling Club was moved from its Gerrard St. location to its new home in Riverdale Park off of Broadview.  The rehabilitation of the clubhouse is underway and is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. I am looking for your ideas about how this beautiful heritage building can be best used by the community.

New Spay-Neuter Clinic Opens

The Toronto Animal Services East Spay Neuter Clinic was officially opened today at an offical ribbon-cutting ceremony to perform spaying and neutering for Toronto's feral cat population. New spay-neuter clinic opens adjacent to Toronto Animal Services East Shelter

The Toronto Animal Services East Spay-Neuter Clinic was officially opened today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Councillors Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 Scarborough Centre), Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), and Howard Moscoe (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence).

Pilaros Taste of the Danforth - Discover a Great Taste!

Taste of the Danforth is this weekend, August 6, 7, 8! 

For information, please visit or read on.

Toronto's favourite street festival has a whole new way to celebrate the fun flavours of Greece and summer in the city. Every year in August, the city of Toronto flocks to GreekTown on the Danforth. Celebrating its 17th year, the Pilaros Taste Of The Danforth is Canada's largest street festival, welcoming over 1.2 million visitors.  Last summer the Pilaros Taste Of The Danforth won two Toronto Sun Reader's Choice Awards: a Gold for Favourite Community Festival and a Silver for Favourite Summer Festival.

Not Far from the Tree

Not Far From the Tree is now active in the Riverdale area.  The group runs a residential fruit-picking program, picking fruit from trees that would otherwise go to waste. They help fruit tree owners make use of the abundance of fruit that their trees offer by dispatching teams of volunteers to harvest it for them. One third goes to the fruit tree owners, another third goes to the volunteers for their labour, and the final third is distributed (by bicycle or cart) to community organizations in the neighbourhood who can make good use of the fresh fruit.

Live Green Grants in Ward 30

Ward 30 is one of the greenest Wards in the City.   The following organizations will be receiving Live Green Toronto Grants  their wonderful work in our community :

South Riverdale Community Health Centre in partnership with Beautification of Leslieville District (BOLD) has been awarded $23,900 for their project  The Leslieville/Riverdale Treeplanting and Tree Preservation Pilot Project.   This project encourages residents front and back yard trees and recruiting volunteers to help take a tree inventory as well as planting 150 trees on the City's right of way.  

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