The Long Form - Get lost in your own city...
After what we can all agree was a gruelling winter, it feels like we’ve turned the corner into summer and despite the last 3 days of unseasonal cold, we are holding on to this optimism.
For those of us lucky enough to own a cottage - or perhaps luckier still, have friends with cottages (all the fun, none of the upkeep) - we can look forward to quintessential Canadian summer moments. Lazily sitting dockside while pretending to read, roasting S'mores by a campfire and WEED. Sounds dreamy, but what are the rest of us left behind in the sweltering heat of a summer in the city supposed to do? Embracing park life is the only sane answer.
City parks are so much more than a patch of green among the concrete towers. They are a refuge, a gathering place, a common ground and all for the low low price of showing up, which makes parks the best deal in any town.
Some of our favourite city hangouts include the Sunday night Christie Pits Film festival. In its 9th year, this beloved community event screens weekly movies in the park with this season’s lineup focusing on Dynamic Duos and exploring “themes of of partnership, friendship, coupledom, doppelgängers, and other dualities” The closing movie has not yet been announced, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for the classic female road revenge movie Thelma and Louise.
Dufferin Grove is a gem of a park and has led the way in transforming how we use our city parks. It has led by example with a well-imagined playground, shade dappled wading pool and an adventure space equipped with a huge sand pit, shovels, and a tap with running water. Shenanigans guaranteed. In the evenings you can book a campfire space and satisfy your s'mores cravings. The Grove has been the home and stage for the Clay and Paper Theatre company which asks the big questions using even bigger puppets. This year they will continue waging puppet revolution from the park in “The Echoes” a tale of gentrification and modern urban living and making room for everyone in our evolving cities.