Recreation Activities + Attractions Available during Labour Day Long Weekend

Posted in City Wide, Parks



The City of Toronto will offer a wide variety of activities for residents and visitors over the Labour Day long weekend.


Outdoor pools, beaches, wading pools and splash pads

The following 10 outdoor pools will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Labour Day:

  • Alex Duff Memorial Pool, 779 Crawford St.
  • Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pools, 1867 Lake Shore Blvd. E.
  • Grandravine Outdoor Pool, 23 Grandravine Dr.
  • Heron Park Outdoor Pool, 292 Manse Rd.
  • McGregor Park Outdoor Pool, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
  • Pine Point Outdoor Pool, 15 Grierson Rd.
  • Riverdale Park East Outdoor Pool, 550 Broadview Ave.
  • Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
  • Parkway Forest Outdoor Pool, 59 Forest Manor Rd.
  • West Mall Outdoor Pool, 380 The West Mall


City outdoor pools and wading pools will close for the summer season at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 2. All indoor pools will be closed on Labour Day.


Splash pads will be accessible on Labour Day and will remain open for the summer season until Sunday, September 16. 


The City’s swimming beaches will be open and supervised on Labour Day from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. More information is available at


Parents are reminded to supervise children at all times when children are in and around water. More information about swimming is available at


Toronto Island Park

Toronto’s largest downtown park, Toronto Island Park, is a great place to walk, cycle, picnic and view the City’s skyline this Labour Day.

Ferry tickets can be purchased online at to save time at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (located at the foot of Bay Street). 

Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead to get the most out of their visit. Information about Toronto Island Park amenities is available at


All five City-run golf courses will be open and will offer holiday rates on Labour Day. Fling golf is now available at Dentonia and Tam O’Shanter. Fling golf can be played on a golf course, with a golf ball, alongside golfers, and is scored the same way as golf. Instead of hitting the ball with a golf club, players fling the ball with a fling stick. More information about hours and locations is available at


Tennis courts 
All public tennis court sites will have nets up and will be available for use throughout the weekend. Public sites are free and available to the general public. Tennis players are asked to share the courts by limiting their play time to half-hour intervals if others are waiting to use the courts. More information on tennis is available at
Riverdale Farm 
Riverdale Farm is home to a variety of domestic farm animals, including Tamworth pigs, goat kids and sheep. These represent animals commonly found on a turn-of-the-century Ontario farm. Riverdale Farm is open from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information is available at, by calling 311 or at

High Park Zoo 
Toronto’s oldest zoo has entertained people for over 120 years. The zoo houses domestic and exotic animals such as bison, llamas, highland cattle and reindeer. The zoo is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. Admission is free. More information is available at


A variety of flowers are in full bloom at Allan Gardens Conservatory and Centennial Park Conservatory. Both conservatories are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. including Labour Day. Admission is free. More information is available at or by calling Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288 or Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543. 


Bike and skate parks

Skateboarders and bike riders in Toronto who want to practice their moves have many options to choose to from. The City maintains several bike and skate parks across Toronto, with something for everyone whether it is transition skating in a figure-eight shaped bowl or street-style skating on ledges, banks, rails and more. More information is available at


Historic Sites

Eight of the City’s 10 Toronto History Museums will be open on the long weekend and two of the City’s 10 historic sites, Fort York and Spadina Museum, will be open on Labour Day. Hours and activities vary by location. More details are available at​


Fort York National Historic Site and its Visitor Centre at 250 Fort York Blvd. will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature tours and ongoing exhibitions. Regular admission applies. 


Spadina Museum at 285 Spadina Rd. will present afternoon tours themed on the Austin family, which made Spadina its home. Regular admission applies, with the museum open from noon to 5 p.m.


Recreation Centres

City recreation centres will be closed on Labour Day and drop-in programming will not be available.


Public transit

TTC service will operate on a Sunday service schedule on Monday, September 3. More information is available at


Other municipal facilities and services

City of Toronto emergency and 24-hour services will operate throughout the long weekend. City administrative offices and service counters, City-operated child care centres and Children’s Services district offices will be closed on Monday, September 3. The City of Toronto Archives, located at 255 Spadina Rd., will also be closed on Labour Day.


Note: City bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling fireworks in City parks.

Arts in the Parks – Ward 5 Etobicoke

Posted in City Wide, Parks, Ward 5



Arts in the Parks has begun its 2018 season, returning to neighbourhoods throughout Toronto once again. In collaboration with PFR, Toronto Arts Council, and Park People, Toronto Arts Foundation is supporting free theatre, dance, music and community arts performances, and workshops in parks outside the downtown-core.


Last year Arts in the Parks brought over 300 events to city parks for over 155,000 Torontonians to enjoy, assisted by 250 community volunteers. Arts in the Parks 2018 will support more outstanding events, spotlight new parks, and, for the first time, offer an opportunity for neighbourhood artists to be highlighted in pre-event activities in selected parks.


There will be two exceptional groups of artists working in #ward5etobicoke:


The Tune Your Ride Collective’s goal is to create fun, interactive, bicycle-powered arts events that celebrate and showcase local musical talent while cultivating community. On July 26th, 2018 they will bring the Toronto Bicycle Music Festival Sunset Series to Bell Manor Park.  This will be one of a series of free outdoor pedal-powered concerts taking place in our city this summer.


Arts Etobicoke supports established and aspiring artists alike through arts education, advocacy, and community space. On September 14th, 2018 they will present the second annual Park Party at Bell Manor Park. The event celebrates a summers worth of community gatherings through performances, free food, hands-on activities, as well as the unveiling of a fence art installation.


We encourage you to visit our website to read more about Arts in the Parks, and visit the photo gallery: 


Arts in the Parks focuses on encouraging community building, enjoyment of local parks, and offering arts events for residents and tourists of all ages.

Why No Gypsy Moth Aerial Spray This Year?

Posted in Parks, Ward 5

We asked the Urban Forestry dept. to explain why there was no aerial pesticide spray to combat Gypsy moth infestation this year  in Ward 5 like we did last year.

A message from Urban Forestry:

An aerial spray of a pesticide is a last resort in controlling Gypsy moth outbreaks. It has been done in the spring of 2017 to control a wide scale outbreak over 128 ha of land in wards 3,4,5 and 13. It has supressed the Gypsy moth population to the tolerable level; to the level that prevented severe leaf loss or complete defoliation of host trees, primarily oaks.
In the 2017/2018 fall/winter season The City has conducted a comprehensive Gypsy moth egg mass survey in order to identify areas that are under the risk from the Gypsy moth damage in wards 2, 3, 4, 5, 13 and 27. The survey results show that the infestation is broken up into a number of smaller areas with relatively low number of infested trees. In these circumstances, a wide scale aerial spray was not warranted. Aerial spray with helicopter cannot be done as a spot treatment. Also, many unaffected residents do not want to be exposed unnecessary to a pesticide application.
A pesticide treatment was provided for City-owned trees that are predicted to be severely defoliated. Selected trees were either sprayed with a pesticide containing Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurtsaki (Btk), a naturally occurring bacterium, or injected with a biological insecticide named TreeAzin. Staff also delivered notices to affected private properties providing information on control measures that residents can implement for the control of the European Gypsy Moth. The City has been working with homeowners by providing advice for the implementation of the treatment for trees on their property. The homeowners are ultimately responsible for treating privately-owned trees.
Urban Forestry is going to conduct an egg mass survey in the fall to determine what action is required for the next season.  An aerial spray requires 4-5 months of preparations. It has to be approved by the City Council, Transport Canada, Health Canada and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. The survey is typically completed in January and if the results show that there is a risk of a wide scale Gypsy moth outbreak, Urban Forestry will start the process for an aerial spray program for the given area.
At this stage of the caterpillar’s development, any pesticide treatment is ineffective. The damage to the leaves is final for this season. The caterpillars will stop feeding within a week and start to turn into a cocoon stage. Tying a folded burlap around the tree trunk of the affected trees right now is a good method to attract the caterpillars under the burlap, where they can hide from the sun. They need to be collected and killed each day before sunset and before they return to the tree crown.  This can greatly reduce the number of caterpillars.

As seen in our July eNewsletter

Six Points Park Dust & Silt Fence

Posted in Parks, Ward 5



Our office had requested an immediate solution here to protect families using the Six Points park from neighbouring construction since the first complaint came through.

Heavy winds the past few weeks sent construction dust to the nearby Six Points Park where the silt fencing was not yet erected. Going forward the Six Points team vows to control the dust more efficiently and also has erected the silt fence. 

As always, we are here to help with any concerns. Any and all concerns are read through and taken seriously so please don’t hesitate to contact us!

As seen in our July eNewsletter

Mabelle Parkette and “The Field”

Posted in Parks, Ward 5

Our office has spoken with the owner of the “field” that has been used by parents and kiddies alike to access Islington Jr. Middle School. The parking garage which is underneath requires repair and as such the owner will be reinstating the fence to its original state which would include the area of fence that has been opened over time. Regretfully at this time the field will soon be unavailable as a route.

Once the repairs have been completed our office will reach out again to review any possible options to permit use of these private lands.

As seen in our July eNewsletter

Kenway Park Tree Replanting 2018 [UPDATE]

Posted in Parks, Ward 5


Thanks to a very patient resident who alerted us to the need for grounds maintenance at Kenway Park, there will now be tree replanting and sod replacement in selected areas here!

As of May 2018 Urban Forestry advises this proposed timeline. *Please note that dates may change*:

Summer/Fall 2018 – sod replacement in selected areas
Fall 2018 – survey work for tree replanting
Spring 2019 – replanting of trees

As seen in our June eNewsletter

Berry Road Park Cleanup

Posted in Parks, Ward 5




A LOUD shout out to some of our very own TTC Queensway Division Operators and their kids who helped clean Berry Road Park! Pictured here are: Claudio (who is also our shop steward), Joe, Mike, and Nadia, and the lovely Shoghig.
You should see them operating the 66 Prince Edward route as well as the 76 Royal York South, both of which serve the area around Berry Road Park.

As seen in our June eNewsletter