Parkdale-High Park is experiencing the most outrageous condo boom. Friends of Watkinson Park is currently directly surrounded by three condo development plans (with three others at a slight distance) that will have a huge impact on the low-income community. Everyday, … Continue reading Gentrification Surge: Developments in the vicinity of Watkinson Park
Friends of Watkinson Park gathered on the eve of Halloween to practice the magic of effigy creation. Making effigies was a very potent experience: there was a lot of joy but also some flaring emotions. But as the bodies take … Continue reading Halloween Installation in Watkinson Park
FoWP started harvesting the tobacco leaves and other seeds from the garden this past week including: yarrow, echinacea, columbine. Next week we have amazing cardinalis seeds and sage that we will harvest. The garden attracted many butterflies and bees to … Continue reading Seed Saving
Friends of Watkinson Park collaborated with OCAP, Carol Condé and Karl Beveridge and Red Wagon Collective/Monday Art Group on a project for Nuit Blanche. The project was part of an installation called: A Monument to the Century of Revolutions, which … Continue reading Friends of Watkinson Park does Nuit Blanche
The Star covered our Sleep over protest in the park: “Protesters begin fight against destruction of green space and affordable housing in the Junction” They got many details wrong, but basic ideas right. Read FoWP STATEMENT for more accurate info on why we are protesting! Continue reading Toronto Star Article on Sleep over protest in Watkinson Park
FoWP are feeling pretty great about our first sleep over protest. We had a chili and roast corn feast, fire bowl, music (Mike Barths and Don Lewis – also community members), video projection (Rebecca Garrett), shadow puppets (Joce and Naty … Continue reading Sleep over in Watkinson Park
The Junction is being gentrified at an accelerated pace. As developers take over, the poor are driven out and affordable rental housing is destroyed. The poor are stigmatized and at risk, ill at ease in their own neighbourhood. FoWP seeks … Continue reading Sleepover in the Park!