Our community features some of Toronto’s best parks, which are both centrepoints for our local residents and destinations for those visiting our neighbourhoods. But our challenge remains improving park facilities as they age while finding new and exciting ways to enhance our use of parks.

Working with local residents and organizations, I’ve championed the inclusion of community gardens within our parks as not only a way of growing fresh local food and building awareness of food security, but as a vital way to enrich our community

I also continue to work closely with local ‘Friends Of’ groups to animate our parks, and find creative ways to improve and better use our park facilities. Parks are such an important part of our lives, and investing in their upkeep and maintenance is essential for our community.

City Parks in Ward 14:

Aldwych Park
Ashbridges Bay Skateboard Park
Cosburn Park
Coxwell Ravine Park
Degrassi Street Park
Dieppe Park – click here for updates and join the Final Design Concept Online Community Meeting July 21, 2021.
Felstead Park
Four Oaks Gate Park
Gamble Playground
Greenwood Park
Hubbard Park
Jimmie Simpson Park
Joel Weeks Park
Jonathan Ashbridge Park
Kempton Howard Park – click here for updates on the 2020 revitalization
Leslie Grove Park
Livingstone Park
Logan Green Field
Matty Eckler Playground
McCleary Park
McCleary Playground
Monarch Park
Morse Street Playground
Phin Park
Riverdale Park East
Withrow Park

‘Friends Of’ Park Groups

Friends of Withrow Park

Friends of Withrow Park are a group of people who enjoy spending time at Withrow Park and who work to put together activities in the park and work towards park improvements.

Friends of Monarch Park

Friends of Monarch Park is a community based group that is interested in improving the green space, cultural and recreational activities of Monarch Park.

Friends of Phin Park
Friends of Greenwood Park

Friends of Dieppe Park

Friends of Dieppe Park is a volunteer group that works collaboratively to improve the green space, cultural and recreational activities of Dieppe Park in East York.

Community Gardens in Ward 14

Click here to earn more about the City’s community gardens.

City of Toronto to expedite opening of community gardens and allotment gardens

To help gardeners get a head start on spring preparation work, the City of Toronto will be opening its community and allotment gardens six weeks earlier this year. The City's 81 community gardens and 12 allotment gardens provide Torontonians with a source of fresh produce and another option for essential fresh air and exercise.

Today, Mayor John Tory announced that community gardens will begin opening this week, on a location by location basis, until mid-May. Allotment gardens will open on March 17. Community and allotment gardens are permitted to open in the Grey Zone of the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework. The gardens typically open in early May.

City of Toronto’s Natural Ice Rink program helps residents stay active this winter

News Release

March 5, 2021

City of Toronto’s Natural Ice Rink program helps residents stay active this winter

As part of its Welcome T.O. Winter parks plan this season, the City of Toronto worked closely with community groups to facilitate 46 natural ice rinks in parks across the city. Every winter, residents build and maintain natural rinks on parkland, providing a family-friendly and safe recreation activity in parks across Toronto.

Mayor Tory encourages people across Toronto to apply now for City of Toronto parks and recreation jobs

Today, Mayor John Tory kicked off the annual hiring campaign for summer parks and recreation jobs at the City of Toronto. While it’s too early to know what safe and fun activities will be offered this spring and summer, the City is preparing for a safe resumption of parks and recreation services by hiring spring and summer parks and recreation workers.

CreateTO and the City of Toronto announce Claude Cormier + Associés to design and construct Leslie Slip Lookout Park

TORONTO, ONTARIO – January 27, 2021 – CreateTO and the City of Toronto are pleased to announce that Claude Cormier + Associés (CC+A) has been awarded the contract to design and construct Leslie Slip Lookout Park, an exciting City-building initiative located in Toronto’s Port Lands.

Selected through a design competition, CC+A has designed some of Toronto’s most

City of Toronto to more than double its supply of winter park washrooms

The City of Toronto will more than double its supply of winter park washrooms from 64 to 143 as part of its ongoing response to COVID-19.

City staff are presenting a plan and report to November City Council that will add 79 new winter washrooms across the city on top of the 64 locations typically available. The report comes in response to a request by City Council last month to explore expanding the number of public washrooms available throughout the winter.

City of Toronto working to reopen farmers' markets across the city, St. Lawrence Market outdoor market opens Saturday

Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto is working with market organizers to safely reopen farmers' markets usually located on 22 City sites.

Farmers’ markets are valued members of the food supply chain and provide Torontonians with access to fresh fruits and vegetables, encourage residents to get outside and be physically active, and support the local agriculture sector.

City of Toronto to reopen parks washrooms

The City of Toronto will begin to open some of its approximately 200 parks washrooms this week across the city following the Province of Ontario’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

The reopening will occur in two phases. The first phase will have roughly 50 washroom sites opening by June 6, followed by the remaining locations by mid-June. A list of locations and health guidelines for washrooms are available on the City Services webpage.

City of Toronto reopening more than 850 park amenities this week

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May 20, 2020

City of Toronto reopening more than 850 park amenities this week 

Today, Mayor John Tory announced the City of Toronto will open more than 850 park amenities this week, following the Province of Ontario’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The City of Toronto closed all parks amenities in March, based on public health advice and ahead of the provincial order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

City of Toronto dog off-leash areas open today

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May 19, 2020

City of Toronto dog off-leash areas open today

The City of Toronto has opened its more than 70 dog off-leash areas following the Province of Ontario’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that permit the use of dog off-leash areas.

While visiting a park, people must continue to practise physical distancing. Signage is being installed at the off-leash areas to remind dog owners of the importance of physical distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19 to protect the safety and well-being of all residents. People must always stay two metres (six feet), or the length of three dogs, apart while visiting the City’s parks and dog off-leash areas.

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