Archive | October, 2017

“Jacob’s Ladder” public art/kids play structure arrives in Berczy Park

27 Oct

IMG_4530Berczy Park keeps evolving with the installation – beginning this week – of the new public artwork/kids play structure, “Jacob’s Ladder” in the park green-space.

Designed by Toronto artist Luis Jacob, the artwork encompasses two giant bronze hands, with a rope lattice suspended between the fingers, forming a whimsical  string game. It’s perfect for climbing, swinging, playing, or a backdrop for a casual badminton game or a great ‘selfie’ photo moment.  The installation, including the intricate rope-work, will be completed by late November, with a public unveiling planned for Spring 2018.

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Art inspired by the timeless kids’ string game!

The City oversaw a community judging panel – a committee of local residents and art experts – who selected Jacob’s work to bring to life his kid-friendly art concept.

Luis says the concept encompasses an image very familiar to children (the universal ‘string game’), with the hand sculptures designed to create human scale in our rapidly-developing neighbourhood. The string imagery also ties to Toronto art traditions in which rope and string art has been a popular theme over the years, notes Jacob.

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Toronto artist Luis Jacob oversees the installation of Jacob’s Ladder in Berczy Park.

Born in Lima, Peru, Jacob is a multimedia artist based in nearby Parkdale. His recent works include ‘Spirits of the Grotto,’ a large-scale metal mosaic panel in the Dufferin & Queen St underpass.

The Berczy Park public artwork was selected as part of the City  arts procurement process, organized by the Cultural Services and the Parks, Forestry and Recreation departments, with the goal of creating a kid-friendly, playful centre piece for the green space in the redesigned Berczy Park.

IMG_4532Park visitors are sure to enjoy this artistic park feature, although smokers are advised that they must not smoke within 9-metres of the artwork, since it is a designated kids play area, and park users must comply with City of Toronto non-smoking regulations.

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Halloween Haunted Walk with Friends of Berczy Park on October 25th

13 Oct
Original-HWT-Biden-St.-James-WEB-1024x684Looking for a spooky Halloween activity in our neighbourhood? Want to meet some neighbours in a fun setting? Want to take your pet out and show off their Halloween costume?
 
Then sign-up ASAP for the special Haunted Walk of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, arranged for Friends of Berczy Park, led by the ghost story-telling guides from The Haunted Walk tour.
After meeting at 7:15pm sharp on Wednesday October 25th in the Berczy Park gravel mural garden, right behind the Flatiron Bldg, a tour guide from local business The Haunted Walk will lead us on a one-hour walk among some of the scariest sites, including The Hockey Hall of Fame, The Old Courthouse, the King Eddy Hotel, the St. James Cemetery and the famously haunted Mackenzie House.
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Wear your walking shoes and dress for the weather.
And, feel free to bring your pet along on this walk (in costume if you like!), since we’ll have some pet treats to share.
 
The cost for this tour is just $21.75+tax per person and must be paid in advance directly to Haunted Walks. See tickets info below.
 
fullsizeoutput_1cd7Sounds fun? Then don’t forget to register in advance right away since space is limited. Call Rowena Brook, Toronto Haunted Walk Manager at 416-238-1473 to sign-up and arrange payment. Tell her you want to join the ‘Friends of Berczy Park Haunted Walk on October 25th” 

Cheer for the Marathoners in Berczy Park!

13 Oct

St Lawrence Cheering Section - STWM 2017

As usual, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon route will run along the northern border of Berczy Park, along Wellington St East.

Join the rambunctious, annual neighbourhood cheering squad (organized by Jamii arts organization, Canada Running Series, The St Lawrence Market and Friends of Berczy Park) on Sunday Oct 22nd, beginning at 10:30am.
Pick your spot along Wellington St East by Berczy Park (between Church and Scott Streets) and enjoy the music and excitement while rooting for these world-class runners as they complete the final kilometre to the City Hall finishline.

And, by simply showing up and contributing your voice or applause to our noisy cheering squad, you can help the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood again win a prize for ‘Best Neighbourhood Cheering Section’ by the Marathon organizers. This award includes prize money from the Marathon sponsor that will be directed to non-profit groups and community activites right in our neighbourhood.

Want to involve your children or pets? Then come out at 9:30am on the 22nd to join the 1Km Family Run. Meet at the St Lawrence Cafe at 248 The Esplanade for a fun run through the community with prizes for the best costume, fastest runner, best four-legged companion, etc.

So, come out to have some fun cheering for the runners and support your local community at the same time!

Best practices from the best parks … introducing Bryant Park in NYC

9 Oct

As we look to make and keep Berczy Park one of the best public spaces around, we take note of other innovative and inviting parks, like the beloved Bryant Park in midtown New York. Check out these images courtesy of our working committee member Judith, which show the creative park programming, and people-friendly signage, deployed at Bryant Park.

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