October 19: Support the Corktown/Regent Park Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Cheer Station

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On Sunday, October 19, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will run through Corktown, passing Corktown Common. Friends of Corktown Common, in partnership with 40 Oaks and the Corktown Residents and Business Association, will be hosting a cheer station to support all the runners!

There are two ways to support the Corktown/Regent Park Cheer Station

1) Come out on October 19!

From 9am-2pm, there will be entertainment, snacks and more as you cheer for the runners. Come out and show your support and experience Corktown’s biggest party of the year!

2) Support our neighbourhood champion runners!

jill-julieWe have a team of runners running on behalf of the cheer station! Jill & Julie are running the half-marathon to represent 40 Oaks. 40 Oaks, located in the newly redeveloped Regent Park, consists of 87 units of affordable, safe housing, and a 5,000 square foot community hub where people can gather, develop, and participate in activities geared to their needs. During the day, 40 Oaks hosts a meal program as well a community living room. Workshops, classes, and meetings take place in our program rooms throughout the day, and a quiet worship space is home to a weekly gathering. Want to support them? You can do so here.

Image: TorontoWaterfrontMarathon.com

September 17: A Tour of Corktown Common

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Join The Civic Salon for a walking tour of Corktown Common! The walk will look at the park’s watershed, design and the overall development of the community. It will be led by John Wilson, former Chair of the Task Force to Bring Back the Don. He has sat on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Environmental Assessment of the West Don Lands Flood Protection and is a member of the West Don Lands Committee, CodeBlueTO and the Friends of Corktown Common.

When: Wednesday, September 17 @ 6:30 p.m.

Where: West Side of River Street just South of Queen (near the 501 streetcar stop)

Questions: email friendsofcorktowncommon@gmail.com.

For more details, check out the Civic Salon Facebook page.

July 10: Corktown Common official opening and a PARTY

Thanks to everyone who came out to the official park opening and party on July 10th – and thanks to Waterfront Toronto for putting on a great party!

The Toronto Star wrote up a great article about the park and its opening. Read that here.

Urban Toronto did too. Read that here.

Thanks to everyone who came out!

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Neighbourhood Challenge is coming to Corktown!

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Friends of Corktown Common and the Corktown Residents and Business Association are teaming up to bring the first-ever Corktown Cheer Station to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon! The marathon is taking place on October 19, 2014, and the neighbourhood challenge is a great way to come out and support the runners – while in turn getting support for a local charity and neighbourhood!

We’re looking for a few good men and women to help out in the following areas:

  • Entertainment
  • Sponsorship
  • Communications
  • Runners to run for Corktown!
  • If you are interested in helping out, email friendsofcorktowncommon@gmail.com. We’re also looking for a great local charity to support, so if you have any ideas, send them our way!

    May 4: Goodlife Toronto Corktown Cheer Station

    Brendan Kelly, winner of the 2012 Goodlife Toronto marathon, hits the 22 kilometre mark in Corktown. Photo by Andrew Badgley.

    Once again, the Goodlife Toronto Marathon will run right through Corktown — and pass by our very own Corktown Common! (Here’s a map!)

    Join us to cheer on all the runners taking part in the Goodlife Toronto Marathon! Remember to bring signs, noisemakers and anything else that will inspire fast feet.

    When: Sunday, May 4 @ 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    Where: Underpass Park (just south of the King and River intersection)

    Questions? Email friendsofcorktowncommon@gmail.com.

    Check out the Facebook invitation here. Invite your friends!

    May 3 & 4: Jane’s Walks in Corktown Common

    Jane’s Walks are a great way to explore Toronto! More than 80 walks will happen May 2-4 all throughout the city! You can check them all out at the Jane’s Walk website, but we wanted to highlight the two are that going right through Corktown Commonn.

    May 3: West Don Lands and Pan-Parapan Am Athletes’ Village Walk

    The West Don Lands Committee and Waterfront Toronto invite you to explore new parks, heritage buildings and the Panparapan Athlete’s Village

    For more information can be found on the Jane’s Walk website.

    May 4: Corktown Photo Walk for Kids

    Budding photographers can explore and take pictures of Toronto’s newest urban park.

    More information can be found on the Jane’s Walk website.

    Photo by Andrew Badgley, Creative Commons