Wide Open Spaces…

We’ll go to the east end!

But first, about last week:

We attacked the full route of Open Streets TO, and walked for kilometre after kilometre. And, you know what? This event needs some work. It’s a great idea. And this was its second year, so parts of it must be working! But there are big long stretches of empty: not too many activities at the main-intersection hubs, and almost nothing between those hubs. And, when we were there, not many participants (either activity presenters… or the public).

We started our morning with a walk up to MacGregor Park, on Lansdowne, to admire their vegetable garden and their indigenous garden initiative. It will expand and eventually create a lovely border around the park. Nice! Then… we started our long Open Streets trek east along Bloor Street… to Yonge, and then south, to Shuter.

It was interesting, and it was great to be out on a sunny morning. A few more people did start to appear, alone, in families, on bikes, skateboards or walking… as the day progressed. And Yonge Street was busier than Bloor… though that may have been the timing. I admit it was fun. We were a bit too early for some of the music and felt a bit too old to be chalk-drawing on the pavement, but we had little samples of fresh-pressed cider thanks to our friends at Not Far From the Tree, watched an Arriba class (thank you, Central YMCA!), saw a “travelling” printing press demo by Mackenzie House, sampled a little iced tea (Merci, David’s) and walked and walked and walked! Skylar and I even “designed” an ideal community, with some Ryerson city planning students. (Hey, I’d live there!) Eventually, everyone took various routes home. I walked back and totalled about 17 kilometres. Not bad, for a little stroll!

We did take a few tourist shots:


Click on any image for larger files, in carousel slide-show. (Easier to read “tour guide” chat there, too!)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Meet at the Y at 9:00. You’ll need transit fare and a little brunch budget. We are taking the College/Carlton streetcar east (way, way east!) for a nifty view of how our main street changes, as we cross the city. Then we’ll walk south and into the Glen Stewart Ravine. It’s a nice rambling walk that changes as we head towards Queen Street. We’ll then take a little brunch break, and maybe a short walk on the boardwalk, weather- and energy-permitting! Then, Queen streetcar home, for a completely different view. Check the forecast Sunday morning and prepare for any weather. You may want an umbrella. Appropriate footwear, please (shoes or boots). Parts of this ravine include gentle hills and a little creek. Not difficult going, but we don’t want anyone slipping or twisting or getting mosquito bites or anything else un-lovely! We should be back by 2:00, but your own alternate transit route home could change that, if you like.

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If you seek a different activity, or something with a later start, Louise suggests a Lost Rivers walk called “Food, Water and the Evolution of Dinner.” Starts at Christie doors of Wychwood Art Barns at 1:30 or 2. I’m NOT going – too long a day, and won’t be back in the neighbourhood by then – so if you plan to go, check their website for details.

Coming right up:

Next week, what about a walk along some of the Kay Gardner BeltLine Park? We’ll see that big, new mural, when we exit on Yonge Street, too. And please save September 25 for The Spit! Mark your calendar, if this is something you wanted to do. (It’s a big commitment, and will take most of the day. We’ll need to get there, take a dusty challenging walk to the end and back, with no handy bathrooms, and then finally enjoy a relaxing transit trip home.) Soon: we’ll take a different Humber wander. A Don Valley Ravine walk (for more of the Love Letters to the Great Lakes murals). This fall, Julie may guide us around the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, and Skylar requests a look at the Antique Market there, too – excellent combo! Skylar also suggested the Children’s Garden Harvest Lunch, in High Park. Great walks, just ahead.

See you soon!

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