We Did It!

New Water Fountain. It’s actually a tap where you can fill your water bottle (June 2016)
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New garden next to the cafe (June 2015). Update April 2018 – All the chairs were stolen and the garden vandalized. The city has promised to put in new sod.
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Wheelchair Accessible Picnic Table (Spring 2015 and 2 more added spring 2016.)
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New park benches (April 2015)
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Toronto’s first Shipping Container Cafe in a park (September 2015). The Cafe is currently closed (Summer 2019), but we hope to have it open again soon.
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Winter 2015 outdoor skating rink.
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The new playground is open. Let the playing begin!
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Little Free Library.
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We won an award! At the 2013 Big on Bloor festival, City Councillor Ana Bailão presented Friends of McCormick Park with an award for our community service work. (July 2013)
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We got lowered curbs installed at the crosswalk on Brock.
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Second annual Pumpkin Parade.
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Boulders in McCormick park. Nice for reading, picnics, and chatting with friends.
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Our Bocce ball court is open. We also have two new picnic tables next to the court.
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We got a bulletin board.
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Community involvement! We joined Councillor Ana Bailão on her Community Compost Day to present the draft of our Original Master Plan to the community and get some feedback. Using our “dotmocracy board” our neighbours were able to let us know what they hoped to see in our new playground, as well as ideas and suggestions for the rest of the park. We also set up a table at the Dundas West Festival where we received even more feedback.
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More community involvement. Kids from the Grove School spent a day adding mulch to the trees and making signs to remind everyone about the importance of trees in our neighbourhood.
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We created a survey to find out how McCormick Park was being used and what people would like to see in the park in the future. The survey (in four languages) was distributed in print at neighbourhood events, in the community centre, and by volunteers who went door to door. It was also online.
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McCormick Park’s first skating rink in almost 20 years!
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Our first annual Pumpkin Parade happened in 2012.
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Bake sale fundraiser for our bocce ball court.
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We got the water fountain fixed! (Update: The water fountain was removed during the playground renovation and a new one was finally installed in Spring 2016 – see above.)

New picnic tables.
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Park benches – painted and repaired.
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This is a bollard – it stops cars from driving through the park. (Update summer 2015 – It was nice while it lasted, but the the bollard has disappeared and so far attempts at having it replaced have failed.)
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New trees, with mulch and gator bags (for proper watering) – part of our Adopt-A-Tree Program.
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We organized a flag football game for neighbourhood teens.
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Our first neighbourhood yard sale and community picnic.
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