Monday, June 27, 2011

The sad tale of the tetherball and park security

The good news was that we finally obtained a tetherball from the City.  It was hooked up a couple of weeks ago and it quickly became a popular feature in the park.  And then it disappeared....

The next bit of good news was that people in the community cared enough to track down the missing tetherball and it magically reappeared about a week later.  Again it was very popular.  And then it disappeared on Saturday night....

Only to reappear on Sunday night.  I have no clue what happened the the tetherball in the interim. 

Unfortunately, today the tetherball was damaged in the late afternoon by a group of people who thought it was more fun to destroy the tetherball (and the pin affixing it to the pole) than to play with it.  So now I have a broken tetherball and that will be the end of that saga until I can find another one.

The sad fate of the tetherball is one example of mischief in the park.  Recently there has been word of two much more serious occurrences involving swarmings or muggings.  There will be a community safety meeting on Wednesday July 6 at 8:00 pm at the Withrow Club House.  The meeting, organized by Councillor Fletcher, is to bring together police, park staff and residents to do a safety walk around the park.  Please make an effort to show up to this important meeting.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Project Neutral Riverdale Launch

Want to reduce your energy/transportation costs and carbon footprint,
 and help make Riverdale an environmental leader? We have been selected as a pilot neighbourhood for Project Neutral—a non-profit organization aiming to transition neighbourhoods to carbon neutrality.

Come and join our local organizing group for the official launch on Saturday June 18th
Frankland Community Centre, 816 Logan Avenue

The pilot area, bounded by Danforth, Pape, Langley and Logan 
will be expanded as we progress. For more information, visit us online at:

Monday, June 6, 2011

No more burrs! Join us on Saturday June 11 from 9 am -11 am to pull out burdock

You may have noticed that the burdock has been spreading quickly around the rink and dog park.  By mid-summer we will be picking burrs out of our dog's fur and our childrens' clothes.  Never much fun. 

This year we are going to try to reduce the spread of burdock by plucking the plants before they have produced the burrs.  Come join us around the dog park and rink on Saturday June 11 from 9 am to 11 am to help pluck out the plants.  And once you are in the park, why not take the opportunity to check out the bounty at the farmers' market at the north end of the park.  After all, who doesn't need a treat after some garden work?

See you on Saturday and don't forget to bring some gardening gloves!

Camps in the Park!

Check out the City of Toronto camps at Withrow Park!  Look in the Toronto Fun Guide (can be found online at to find out more about the camps.