I. About us

Friends of Berczy Park is a volunteer community group with the goal of inspiring and driving park improvements that balance the priorities of residents, visitors and businesses for this rapidly-evolving neighbourhood.  With more than 900 members to date, the group aims to enhance this public space to meet the diverse needs of all park users and encourage inclusive, community-based stewardship of this heavily-used downtown park.

II. Join us by writing BerczyPark@gmail.com and ask to become a member.We welcome  new volunteers or support to organize our activities.

III. Follow us on Facebook: Search for the Friends of Berczy Park group and choose ‘Follow.’ Follow us on Twitter: @FriendsofBerczy.

William Berczy painted this portrait of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant, circa 1807.

William Berczy painted this portrait of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant, circa 1807.

IV. Have a Berczy Park safety complaint?

Help us keep Berczy Park safe. If you have a non-emergency/non-life threatening safety or security concern about Berczy, please file a report with the Toronto Police 51 Division. They can respond to these serious but less urgent issues (Eg. concerns about a potentially violent individual, possibly illegal activity, vandalism in the Park, etc), often by sending a police bike or foot patrol or a homeless outreach social worker. Call 416-808-2222 to alert police to these non-emergency incidents. You may also help police gather necessary statistics to improve our park safety by completing an incident report.  Community Policing Complaint Form_51Division_May’14

Of course, if the situation is an emergency, call 9-11.

V. Finally, who was ‘Berczy’?

Berczy Park is named after William Berczy, a pioneer of Upper Canada, co-founder of York  (now Toronto) and painter. Born as Johann Albrecht Ulrich Moll in 1744 in Wallerstein Germany, he later changed his name and studied at the Academy of Arts in Vienna, before sailing to the Americas in 1792. He helped Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe establish a settlement at Markham, Ontario, and cleared part of the town site of York in 1794.  He became a well-known Canadian painter, architect, surveyor and writer before dying en route to England in 1813. See our August 17 (2017 blog post for more details).

Want more Berczy Park history? See our June 8th, 11th and 17th (2017) blog posts on our main page.


3 Responses to “About”

  1. Ted Merrick April 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    who is preparing a new master plan and is ( should ) there be a competition? the master plan should not be done in house at the city. Claude Cormier or equal needs a crack at this rehabilitiation.

    • Friends of Berczy Park Working Group April 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

      As we understand it, The City will oversee the Master Plan for the park, after the BIA/8-80 Cities project has performed its park study (including community input and focus groups which are underway now).

      BIA/8-80 Cities will enlist an international design firm, like Gehl Architects, to develop concepts for the park. Then, the City would move forward with these plans, adapt them as needed, consult the public, and seek firms to execute the work.

      If you have thoughts on how the Master Plan should be performed, you should contact Councillor McConnell’s office to provide your ideas, since things are still at an early stage and they may be able to clarify the process.

  2. Stephen Devine May 29, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    So great to meet you both tonight!
    Thank you once again for the presentation!
    Stephen Devine

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