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.


Put cigarette butts in their place – and help keep Berczy Park clean!

28 May

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Clean-up Berczy Park on June 3rd

27 May

IMG_5920With the rapid arrival of sunshine and warmer days, more people leads to more cigarettes, and more waste around our public parks and spaces.

Join us from 10am to noon on Sunday, June 3rd (clean ups are most effective after a Saturday night!), for our next volunteer-clean up event in Berczy Park.

IMG_5918Friends 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!



“Ask the pet trainer” at Pet-lovers Day, June 9th

2 May


Due to popular demand, Friends of Berczy Park is hosting another Pet-lovers Day in Berczy Park on Saturday June 9th, from 9am to noon (rain date: Sunday June 10th, 9am to noon).
Stop by the mural garden behind the Flatiron Building for free pet treats, complimentary coffee, and meet your furry and human neighbours, starting at 9am.

Pet-owners got lots of great training advice at our 2017 event!

From 10am to noon,
meet our professional pet trainer, Sydney, from Fresh Puppy and “Ask the Pet Trainer” a question during this free activity. It’s a great chance to ask our expert for puppy training tips, teach Rex a new trick, or address a pet issue like jumping, barking, recall or other behavioural issues you may face. Even if you are just thinking of getting a puppy, stop by, since Sydney has lots of great advice for future pup parents.

By the way: 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


Bring your used or un-needed pet supplies for Project Jessie rescue shelter.

Animal Alliance of Canada.

Special thanks to our event sponsors PetValu, 184 Front St East and Tim Hortons at 33 Yonge St and 55 Front St E.



Join the spring clean-up in Berczy and St James Parks

24 Mar

To mark Earth Day on Saturday April 21st, Friends of Berczy Park invites you to help usFOBPphoto perform a quick, spring clean-up in your favourite local parks.  At 9:00am, join our volunteers at Berczy Park by the stage just northeast of the dog fountain. We will collect litter and sweep up Berczy – so it’s ready for visitors during the warmer months ahead.

With quick work made of our small park, we’ll encourage any volunteers with extra energy to follow us to nearby St James Park at 10:00am, to help out at the Old Town Toronto St James Community Clean Up and Pancake Breakfast, which runs all morning till 1:00pm.

Pancake-Final-2018-232x300What’s the reward? All participants can enjoy the free pancake breakfast onsite in St James Park, provided by the St Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA, while supplies last. And, you’ll feel great that you made a positive, local impact on Earth Day!

What should I bring? Just yourself, dressed for the weather, plus any personal clean-up supplies you’d like to bring, IMG_3633like gloves, a broom or rake. We’ll have supplies on-site too.

Thanks and see you Saturday April 21 at 9:00am in Berczy Park!

Help track down stolen local dog

19 Mar

593482582001_5753895403001_5753882405001-vs-1-635x357Update: Bella, the dog that went missing while waiting outside a St Lawrence neighbourhood No Frills store, has fortunately been reunited with her owners. See the City News clip.

Friends of Berczy Park members, please be alert for ‘Bella’, a stolen dog in the St Lawrence Market neighbourhood Sunday afternoon, or potentially as far as Bathurst and Dupont Streets. See the linked City TV for details and report anything you know to the police.




Celebrate the holidays in Berczy Park

15 Nov

Old Town Toronto cavalcade of lights 2017

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