Archive | April, 2012

What’s new with Friends of Berczy Park?

23 Apr

While daffodils bloom in Berczy, Friends of Berczy Park (FOBP) has been busy working to improve the park:

Kids' chalk art brightened up a gray afternoon in the park, before April showers washed it away.

  • Our working group has continued to meet with the City of Toronto, including Councillor Pam McConnell and the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Dept. to promote park enhancements.
  •  Councillor McConnell’s office is involving us in park discussions, including ideas to bring grass-roots family programming to Berczy this summer. While the first ‘baby step’ was a kid’s chalk drawing activity on Earth Day (see adjacent photos) FOBP hopes to schedule other events in the coming months.
  • We’re working towards longer-term goals, as part of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Business Improvement Association, BIA/ 8-80 Cities plan to redesign Berczy Park. (See the Feb 29th blog post ‘Public Forum participants…’)
  • The BIA and 8-80 Cities have begun neighbourhood focus groups, and FOBP is taking part, contributing what we hear from the community.
  • FOBP members are represented on the City Parks Steering Committee, a City of Toronto planning committee for local parks including Berczy, St James and the David Crombie Park on the Esplanade.

How can you get involved?

  • If you know others who would like to be a Friend of Berczy Park, encourage them to write us at We need every supporter we can get!
  • To take part in upcoming family activities in the park, follow our blog, or e-mail us if you can help out.
  •  And, please share your comments on Berczy Park below.

Berczy loses more trees

10 Apr

Two more mature trees were chopped down in Berczy Park today. See the earlier posts below for the City’s explanation for reducing the park’s tree canopy. Share your thoughts here on our blog, or contact the City directly if you have comments or questions.

A forestry crew chops and removes traces of another Berczy tree.

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