Pet-owners, help us care for our park

16 May

IMG_2994Now that Berczy Park has re-opened with a green space, on-leash pet area behind the Flatiron Bldg, and safe night lighting, it’s a great place to walk your pet.

Here are tips to keep our park clean, safe and enjoyable for all:

  • Be our ‘eyes and ears’ in the park:
    • Report crime right away (For emergencies, call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies like possible illegal activity or vandalism, call 51 Division at 416-808-2222.)
    • Report park damage or unsanitary conditions. Call 3-1-1 and email , or tweet @friendsofberczy.
  • Always ‘poop and scoop.’ If you see others breaking this City by-law, politely offer them a clean-up baggie. If they refuse, avoid a confrontation, but remind them that City by-law officers will issue a $240 fine for breaking the rule.
  • Carefully supervise your pet and ensure their behaviour doesn’t disturb other pets or people.
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    Ask first before introducing your dog to a stranger.

    Ask first. When you see another pet, ask their owner, “Is it okay for our pets to say ‘Hello’?” And ask the pet owner before offering a treat.

  • If you see a hazard to your pet’s health, like food or bones, put it in a garbage bin so it won’t endanger other dogs.
  • Annoyed with the litter in the park? Help us solve the problem – Why not pick up one piece of litter during your pet walk and feel good that you are part of the solution!
  • Avoid spots: Let Spot use our special ‘spot’: Pets are welcome across the park, but encourage your dog to ‘go’ in the gravel mural garden (behind Flatiron Bldg) to reduce pet spots on the grass where people sit and children play.
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    Dogs gone wild: Please keep dogs out of the new fountain so it doesn’t break down.

    The fountain is NOT a splash pad, swimming or bathing place for pets:  Pet hair, dirt and soap suds will damage the fountain mechanisms and lead to costly repairs. Please keep your dog out of the fountain and inform others if  their dogs enter the waters.

  • And, post your own tips here on our blog, on Facebook, or tweet @FriendsofBerczy

You asked … about park furniture

9 May

Friends of Berczy Park volunteers installed furniture funded by members and local business donors in past summers.

A community member asks, “I miss the bright green tables and chairs that occupied Berczy Park in the past. Can’t we get more seating options in the new park?”

We answer: Don’t worry, the new park design includes moveable furniture, including metal tables and chairs like you see in many top parks and public plazas around the world, or like those on the typical Starbucks patio.

Our park designer was inspired in part by the bright green furniture installed by Friends of Berczy Park during past summers, including imagesbistro sets several years ago and Muskoka chairs installed during the 2015 Pan Am Games, purchased with donations from our members, local businesses and the St Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA.

The new permanent, moveable furniture should arrive by late June for everyone to enjoy the warmer weather around the fountain.


Family Storytime returns!

24 Apr

IMG_1306Friends of Berczy Park is thrilled to welcome back our great librarians from the Toronto Public Library, St Lawrence Branch, for the annual Family Storytime in Berczy Park.

Enjoy this great free activity for children age 5 and under, with their parents or caregivers. Join us in the Berczy Park green space (near Scott & Front St E.) each Thursday in June at 3pm (June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29) for stories, songs and rhymes to encourage a lifelong love of reading.

BYOB: Bring Your Own Blanket!

Learn more about family reading programs at

Pet-lovers Day this Saturday June 3

12 Apr

165794702Friends of Berczy Park invites all pet-owners and their furry companions to a series of spring- and summer-time social events in Berczy Park.

Stop by the park for free coffee from Tim Hortons and pet treats from PetValu. And, register for great raffle prizes, including gourmet pet cookies from Northern Biscuit Bakery, and deluxe pet bath and nail trim gift certificates from Park9!

BTW: Got old pet toys, clothes or supplies you don’t need? Bring them to our event and we’ll donate them to Project Jessie, a rescue and adoption program run by the Animal Alliance of Canada.

So, look for our table in the mural garden/pea gravel on-leash pet area, behind the Flatiron Bldg.

  • Saturday May 13,  9:30-11:30am
  • Saturday, June 3, 9:30-11:30 am
  • Saturday, July 8, 9:30-11:30am
  • Rain dates: The Sunday after, from 9:30-11:30am

Special thanks to our sponsors: Northern Biscuit Bakery, Park 9 Urbandog play care in the Distillery District/37 Parliament St; PetValu, 184 Front St E; and Tim Horton’s at 33 Yonge & 55 Front St E.





Watch for more details here, on twitter @friendsofberczy, or on our Facebook page.


Finally, we’re on Facebook!

20 Mar

imagesFind it easiest to keep up with things on Facebook? At last, Friends of Berczy Park has a page on many people’s favourite social networking site. Go directly to:

Or, search for ‘Friends of Berczy Park’ on Facebook, and Choose “Follow” to see our events and news. And, please ‘like us’ to spread the word among your friends and neighbours.

Kid-friendly public artwork coming to Berczy in Fall 2017

10 Mar

Kids and art-lovers of all ages will be fascinated by one of the finishing touches planned  to appear in Fall 2017 in the recently re-opened Berczy Park – a new public artwork that will rise from the park’s west-end green space.

The City oversaw a community judging panel – a committee of local residents and art experts – who selected the work of highly regarded Toronto artist Luis Jacob to bring to life his kid-friendly art concept.

“Jacob’s Ladder” will encompass a rope lattice suspended between two giant scale bronze hands, 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.

Art inspired by the timeless kids' string game!

Art inspired by the timeless kids’ string game!

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.

Toronto artist Luis Jacob with Spirits of the Grotto mosaic.

Toronto artist Luis Jacobs with Spirits of the Grotto mosaic.

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.

You asked … about cigarette butts

7 Mar

IMG_2434A community member asks: “It’s sad to see the amount of cigarette butt litter already in the park – any chance of containers?”

We answer: Friends of Berczy Park has also noticed the large number of cigarette butts accumulating in the park, particularly along the temporary fencing by Scott Street. Unfortunately, some smokers  just toss their cigarette litter on the ground without looking for a waste receptacle, creating a dirty landscape for others, including children and pets who can come into contact with this waste.

fullsizeoutput_19adWe have asked the City to add more waste bins around the park including specific cigarette waste receptacles and bylaw signage. We also ask the Management of Great West Life’s 33 Yonge office complex to add more smoking waste bins  along their property line on Scott St, since we imagine that many of the smokers come from that building .

In general, we ask all smokers to be more aware of their actions in the park – and help keep it clean – particularly around the green space near Scott Street, since  a children’s play/art structure will be added in the spring and we want to keep the area cigarette smoke/litter free, as City bylaws require.


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