Want to report over-flowing garbage bins in Berczy Park?

18 Aug

5r74m3sksiqi11gpumzey95exyydyhvo22dfjcwnyasWant to report overflowing waste/recycling bins in the park or around the City?

Call 3-11, tweet @311Toronto, or, even better, use the The City’s online service request form to do so quickly and efficiently. Or, if the link does not work, go to http://www.Toronto.ca and search for ‘Service requests for Waste Collection’.


Vote for Berczy as ‘best public space’

18 Aug

Berczy Park has been nominated as Toronto’s ‘best public space’ in the Now Magazine


Readers’ Choice Survey for 2018! Check out the nominees and vote online today!




Street closures near Berczy Park, Aug 10-11

28 Jul

The St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA is once again hosting the annual Feast of St. Lawrence this summer in Old Town Toronto on August 10 and 11. This community event includes road closures on each day.

Friday, August 10: They will be closing Front Street East from Scott Street to Church Street on Friday August 10thfrom 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Church Street will still be open to vehicular traffic. The event on Front Street (6 p.m. -11 p.m.) is a ticketed 5 course dinner with wine pairings, featuring local fare from the top restaurants in the neighbourhood.  This event will be licensed so part of the street, as well as a section of sidewalk beside Berczy Park, will be gated off to the general public. The event will include decorations and a live Jazz band. The sidewalks on the south side of Front St. will remain open to accommodate pedestrian traffic.

Saturday, August 11: They will be closing Market Street from Front Street East to Wilton Street on Saturday, August 11thfrom 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (The event runs from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.). Patio furniture will be added and St. Lawrence Market vendors will be set-up on the street.  There will be a music stage at Market and The Esplanade, buskers and children’s activities throughout the day on the street. The closed street will be fully licensed allowing attendees to purchase an alcoholic beverage from restaurants/vendors and walk along the street festival.  At 6 p.m. the intersection at the Esplanade will be re-opened but Market street from Front to The Esplanade will remain closed until the end of the event at 7pm. Paid duty police officers as well as security will be on-site to direct traffic and ensure safety.

For more information about this event please visit their website at www.feastofstlawrence.ca.

If you have any questions, please contact Al Smith or Pam Briz at 416-410-9242 or alsmith@stlawrencmarketbia.ca,pamelabriz@stlawrencemarketbia.ca.

Commercial filming in Berczy on Friday July 20th

17 Jul

An Untitled Films production crew prepares to shoot a commercial in Berczy Park.

FILMING NOTIFICATION: exterior scenes for a commercial

To the Residents & Businesses in the vicinity of Berczy Park:

We will be filming EXTERIOR scenes at

Berczy Park, 35 Wellington St. E.  on

July 20, 2018 between the hours of 6AM – 11AM.

35 Wellington St E.– Filming exterior on location

Our production vehicles and various pieces of film related equipment will be located on:

  • north side of Front btwn Yonge & Church St.


We will begin reserving the above areas with cones on July 19th at 6pm, with vehicles arriving July 20th at 6am, and departing July 20th by 11am.

Displaced permit parkers affected by our filming activities are kindly asked to park in their driveways (if available), surrounding streets, or nearby pay lots. On our filming day, please approach any crew member and ask to speak to BillDawefrom the Locations Department to have your parking receipt reimbursed. Or we will direct you to available parking pre-arranged by the production.

***All of our filming & related activities are undertaken under the authority & approval of the City of Toronto Film & Television Office. ANY INTERMITTANT TRAFFIC STOPPAGES/CONTROL will be conducted under the safe supervision of the Toronto Police Service.***

On behalf of the production, we thank you for supporting Ontario’s vibrant film industry. Questions? Please do not hesitate to call us at the production office, or the Film Office: filmtoronto@toronto.caor 416-338-FILM.

Street construction around Berczy Park/Wellington St.

2 Jul

Looking east along Wellington Street with Berczy Park to the right (south).

This summer, Toronto Hydro and the City of Toronto will begin the Powerline Plus construction project along Wellington Street between Yonge and Church Streets, adjacent to the northern border of Berczy Park. This project to upgrade the aging electrical system will occur in two phases and extend from summer 2018 to early 2019.

Phase one: Open-cut trenching along Wellington St in The City right-of-way between Yonge & Church St. to install new cable chambers in the sidewalks and roadways.  *This will include the removal of existing street trees along Wellington however the trees will be replaced in 2019 as part of Phase 2.

Phase two: Streetscape improvements will be constructed to enhance the pedestrian experience, including wider sidewalks, benches, heritage lighting, bike corrals, new tree pits and designated patio zones. See images below. The City will also add additional street trees along the south side of Wellington Street, bordering Berczy Park, to enhance the green canopy along the side of Berczy Park. You can contact the Old Town Market Neighbourhood Business Improvement Area (BIA) for additional information.


The project will add new streetscaping to the northern side of Wellington St, including wider sidewalks, designated patios, tree pits, and heritage lighting.


Join the Berczy Park clean-up on Saturday June 30th

24 Jun

IMG_6238Help make Berczy Park sparkle for Canada Day weekend visitors to our park!

Please join us Saturday, June 30 from 10am to noon for our next volunteer-clean up event when we’ll collect litter, sweep up cigarette butts and weed the gardens.

Friends Of Berczy Park and Toronto Free Walking Tours will provide supplies, gloves and water, but feel free to bring your own favourite work gloves, broom or garden tools, as well as wardrobe for the weather, a hat and sunblock. We hope to see many faces both old and new join this event.

ps: Thanks to our neighbour, GWL Realty Advisors (property mgrs of 33 Yonge), for sending a cleaning crew in advance to help keep the Scott St/Berczy Park boundary clean!


Join our Short Story Book Club in Berczy Park!

1 Jun

bookclubs_custom-1ec58e61bccbffba94a3c846786b5fc6af15cce1-s900-c85Looking for a relaxing outdoor activity, where you can meet other book-lovers?

Then join Toronto Public Library, St Lawrence Branch, and Friends of Berczy Park as we launch our new, summertime book club in Berczy Park.

To take part, just come by the park each Tuesday, from July 3rd to August 7th, 10:30am to noon.

IMG_7017Best of all, there’s no homework or weekly assigned pre-reading, since each week we will hand out copies of the story to  read together and discuss the themes.

Not only is this a great way to meet other members of our community – including dedicated book-lovers – it’s also a great activity for anyone who wants to practice their English reading, including newcomers to Canada.

TPL Logo RBG BlueSo, join these free events, held on the table & chair sets arranged just east of the park fountain at 35 Wellington St East. In case of rain, the group will meet instead at St Lawrence Library, 171 Front St East.

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