April 20: Join us for a tour of Corktown Common


What: Join us for the Lost Rivers Tour with the Toronto Green Community and Toronto Field Naturalists.

We will be touring the award-winning Corktown Common Park! The plantings and wetlands should be just “springing” to life. Walk leader John Wilson has been active in community input for this park continuously since the West Don Lands design charrette of 1999. Joining him are Friends of Corktown Common, to show off naturalization, accessibility, flood protection, public art, ongoing maintenance plans, and nearby Pan Am Athletes’ Village construction.

Special Bonus tour of award-winning Underpass Park nearby!

When: Sunday, April 20, 2014, 2 pm

Where: Meet at Queen and River to begin the walk!

Any questions? Email friendsofcorktowncommon@gmail.com!

Photo by badger416


April 26: Let’s clean up Corktown Common

What: As part of Clean Toronto’s community clean-up days, we want to host the first-ever Clean-up Corktown Common day! We will be collecting litter that has accumulated in the park. Please bring a garbage bag and wear a pair of gloves!

There are lots of places in toronto you can pitch in, check out the entire list of clean-ups in the city at the City of Toronto website.

When: Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m.

Where: Meet at the pavilion at the back of the park

Check out the Facebook invite here! Invite your friends!

Photo by ericvery

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

April 3: Join the brand new CRBA Parks, Public Realm & Open Spaces committee!

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The folks at Corktown Residents & Business Association (CRBA) are starting a brand-new committee and are looking for a few good people!

The next committee meeting is THIS week!

Date: Thursday April 3rd

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Location: Dixon Hall Employment Services (489 Queen St. E., #300)

There are lots of great ways to get involved, including:

  • City of Toronto Parks Levies: Over the next few years, the City of Toronto will invest hundreds of thousands of dollars from development park levies into local community parks. We need the community’s help to provide input into what these park improvements will look like.
  • Public Art Initiatives: There are numerous opportunities for streetscape improvements through the City’s StreetARToronto program. We need people to help guide these initiatives.
  • Friends of Corktown Common: The Friends of Corktown Common will be looking for ways to animate this new jewel in the City. If you have any ideas or can volunteer for an event, we can use your help.
  • Clean Toronto Together 2014: The CRBA will once again be putting together teams for the City’s annual Clean Toronto Together program. We need all hands on deck on April 26 & 27 to help with spring cleaning.
  • And many more!

If you want to help with park improvements and streetscape beautifications or you have an idea you want help bringing to life, please join us on April 3rd. Please RSVP by emailing me at home@arthursinclair.ca.

We hope to see you there!


Torontoist names Corktown Common a “hero” of 2013!

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Illustration by Jeremy Kai, from Torontoist. See full illustration here.

Every year, Torontoist puts together a list of Toronto’s heroes and villains, who either helped or harmed the city in some way. And this year, Corktown Common is a hero! Very cool!

They said the park “demonstrates how aesthetic, environmental, and recreational needs can be realized and met in a space Torontonians can be proud of” and “we imagine the park will become a community gathering place, an oasis amid the desert of concrete and glass.”

We couldn’t agree more. Thanks Torontoist!

Be sure to check out all the other heroes who made the city great — and the villains who made it worse — this year over at Torontoist. They will reveal the superhero and supervillian of the year at 4 p.m. on January 1.

Come out to the Corktown Spectation Station at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 20


In exactly one week, on October 20, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be running through Corktown and around Corktown Common. We will be having a cheering station in Underpass Park, so come on out to support runners!

Only the full marathon will be making it’s way to Corktown and runners are expected to come through the park between 10:30am and 2:30pm. Come out rain or shine — the underpass will keep you dry! There will be music and good times for all, so bring your best signs and biggest cheers!

Click on the image to see a full-size map.

Never been to Underpass Park, but want to join us? Underpass Park is on River Street, south of King Street.


Come to our meet & greet: Saturday, October 5 at 2pm

On Saturday, October 5, we will be hosting our first-ever meeting. If you’re interested in volunteering or want to know more about who we are and what we are trying to do, you should come on out.

We are planning to have a second meeting in the spring to plan activities for 2014. This first meeting is just an informal session to get the group rolling. Hope to see you there!

Never been to the park? It’s on River Street, south of King Strett. The pavilion is the structure on the south end of the park.