The gates of Trinity Bellwoods Park – Refurb Redux.

As many community members may have noticed, the gates of Trinity Bellwoods park at Strachan and Queen St W. are currently getting some TLC. But wait, you say, weren’t these gates just refurbished at great expense back in 2006. Yes, they were, so we contacted Jo Ann Pynn, Supervisor, Cultural Assets, City of Toronto to get the 311 on why this is happening. Jo Ann informed me that the work being done is to accomodate the building of planters that were put in place in front of the gates back in 2006.

An unanticipated consequence was that the runoff from the driveway was channelled directly south, bringing with it organic debris.  If you entered the park through the gates, you might have noticed that organic material covering the cobblestones, which then supported weed growth.  We are installing a trench drain between the planters to solve this problem.
At the same time, a couple of chunks of “art” stone fell or were knocked off the structure, so we will restore that.  Finally, the gates have been “graffiti-ed” numerous times, and while we painted the damage out with each incident, we’ll take this opportunity to re-finish the entire assembly to a uniform colour again.
Jo Ann informs me that the work is being paid for out of Culture’s capital budget, and is expected to be completed by mid-September.


Additionally, you may have noticed that the ruts that were forming on the edges of the paths in the park have recently been filled in with limestone screening. Park Supervisor Brian Green informs me that this screening should compact down into a solid shortly. No doubt this will assist in making the edges of the paths less dangerous, and less likely to fill in with rainwater. Supervisor Green also tells me that soon his department will be installing the long awaited speed limit signs in the park, advising cyclists to slow down in key areas.


Finally, two of Toronto’s community blogs (Now & BlogTO) have recently written posts about the park, both with some interesting commentary

Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park day this Sunday!

From the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods website:

It’s almost here — our annual, group love-in of our wonderful 37 acres of green space!  Come spend a few hours gardening and planting and helping to care for the park, or drop by for a shorter time to lend a hand or sign up to water a tree this summer.

Friends also still need a few more volunteers for their Adopt-a-Tree program, which you can find out more about here. Hope to see you out this Sunday!

Also in recent park news, the storage hut used for the weekly Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market has had a really nice paint job featuring none other than the fabled White Squirrel. Did you know that the White Squirrel also has a Twitter account?

Annual City of Toronto park clean up day this Saturday!

Hosted by the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods, this Saturday is the annual Mayor’s Clean Up Day at Trinity Bellwoods Park! Please join us in helping give the park it’s annual spring cleaning.

Join your neighbors for the annual community cleanup of our park!
And by the way, if you want to organise a community spring clean-up on your own block, you can find details on city garbage bag pick-up here

: 10 AM-Noon, this Saturday
Where: Meet at welcome table on the east side of the Trinity Recreation Centre
Who: Hosted by Friends of Trinity Bellwoods

Reminder – Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park (@FriendsofTriBel) & Park People Meeting tonight!

Just a reminder that the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park will be holding their annual Winter/Spring meeting tonight at the TBRC at 7pm. Part of tonight’s meeting will include a presentation by the Park People ( to discuss the new Park People handbook. I really hope to see a strong community showing!

Here is the meeting agenda as presented on the FOTB site (


Thursday March 1st, 2012

7-8:30pm Trinity Rec Centre, 2nd floor art room


1.) LEIGH NUNAN (5 minutes)

  • Personal Introduction
  • Introduction to Friends of Trinity Bellwoods (Steering Committee, All Volunteer,   Community Meetings, Email List, Website, Bank Account)
  • Social Media (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Summer Art Exhibition

2.) ANNA HILL (5 minutes)

  • Personal Introduction
  • Park Days and Clean Up Days
  • Green House
  • Playground Improvements

3.) MICHAELLE MCLEAN (5 minutes)

  • Personal Introduction
  • Tree audit
  • Adopt-a-tree
  • West End Bikeway Community Liaison

4.) CAROLYN WONG (5 minutes)

  • Personal Introduction
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Event Permit Review
  • Donations from Park Film Shoots

5.) NEW BUSINESS (5 minutes each)

  • Muddy path concern
  • NXNE 2 day event presentation
  • Rosario rep, upcoming community meetings

6) PARK PEOPLE (45 minutes)

  • David Harvey


Busy week in the community!

There are two important community gatherings happening this week that I thought I should mention:

1) Trinity Bellwoods Community Association – Monday Feb 27, 7PM – Trinity Bellwoods Recreation Centre, 2nd Floor – At monthly TBCA meetings we attempt to build community awareness and facilitate civic discourse on such issues as city bylaws, community safety, building development and the quality and use of parks and public spaces. Our meetings are open to all members of the public, hope to see you there!

2) Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park – Thursday March 1, 7PM, Trinity Bellwoods Recreation Centre – Annual Winter Spring General Meeting – from their site:

“We are going to combine our regular Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Community Meeting with a ‘Park People” Meeting.  Do you have an interest or concern having to do with Trinity Bellwoods Park?  Want to volunteer in the park?  Give us a shout in advance and we’ll put it on the agenda, or simply come by and we’ll add it to “Other Business”

For the second half of the evening, please join Park People and Friends of Trinity Bellwoods to discuss how communities can organize to care for local parks.  Friends of Trinity Bellwoods will describe how we host events, review permit applications, and ask for donations from film companies on location in our park.  We will also give a brief history of our adopt-a-tree program, farmer’s market, greenhouse, playground and outreach strategy.  Executive Director, Dave Harvey, will present Toronto Park People’s new Park Friends Group Handbook. Park People needs your input to empower communities across the GTA to care for local parks.  Park People is also looking for feedback on their new website at


Both are great opportunities for you to become involved in your neighbourhood or your park!