High Park Children's Garden voted one of the top 60 public places in the world|
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Project for Public Spaces, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and
sustaining public spaces that build communities, recently voted the High Park
Children’s Garden as one of the top 60 public places in the world.
The High Park Children's Garden offers children and community members a chance
to learn about, experience and enjoy urban ecology and organic gardening.
Through hands-on creative programming, children and youth are exposed to
Toronto's heritage and natural history, food preparation and nutrition, health,
drama, music, movement, storytelling and contemporary perspectives on urban
environmental issues. The programs also give participants an opportunity to
take part in gender neutral, non-competitive activity while engaging in healthy
Each year the garden works with an average of 40 community partners/agencies
and over 120 volunteers. Extra harvest from the garden not used for programming
is donated to local shelters and soup kitchens.
The garden itself is approximately ¾ of an acre and features colourful raised
vegetable and herb planters in the shape of ABC. It is wheelchair accessible
and can be easily reached on foot, wheelchair, bike or vehicle, and public
transit is within a 5 minute walk of the garden.
The garden makes a warm and welcoming first impression. It is playful and
teaming with life. Species like the monarch, swallowtail and admiral
butterflies can be regularly spotted among the native wildflowers. Other
wildlife including foxes, coyotes, owls, chipmunks, northern flickers, scarlet
tanagers, Baltimore orioles and blue jays are regular visitors to the High Park
The garden space is used for children's programming in May, June, September and
October, and an Eco Camp is based out of the garden in July and August.
Community events featuring food prepared from the garden, children's activities
and local artists take place in July, August and October. Volunteer work
parties clean and prepare the site in April, May and September.
For more information on the High Park Children's Garden visit
http://www.toronto.ca/parks or http://www.pps.org/info/gps/60places or call
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline