Every Painting has a Story

Crash

Crash

Story by Dianne For many years my son participated in the Big Brothers Soap Box Derby. The event was traditionally held every September on Centre Road. He attended his first derby at the age of 7 years. After that first year he gained the nick-name of “Crash” and you...

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The Bowling Field

The Bowling Field

Story based on a conversation with Jon Hayes, Program Director of the High Park Nature Centre This is a space in the city where kids can have the freedom to explore, tinker, build and play. During the summer months goldenrod, thistle, grasses and shrubs grow high...

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Hidden Presence

Hidden Presence

Story by AJ Alberti “In the way that we tend to take for granted so many of the fundamentally important things in life I have never really thought of High Park in thematic terms. But in doing so now I discovered that there is a thread connecting my many years’ worth...

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Lupins

Lupins

Story based on a conversation with John LaRose ”Now I see a tree of agile grace and beauty, limbs in upward swing pulling down the sun, building up the earth, breathing out the air, this very life for us, this simple truth, we are all made up of one…” Excerpt of a...

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The Hill

The Hill

Story by Kathryn Naylor “Like many people, my husband and I like to get some exercise in High Park.  We do a lot of mountain trekking and scrambling, and there’s only one good way to train for that:  put on the backpack and traipse up and down some hills.  We...

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Gratitude

Gratitude

Story by Michael Ball “On my regular walks around High Park I marvel at the wide range of sights, smells and experiences which are available to me, and other, to freely enjoy. The park is a unique place only minutes from a noisy, hectic, and a crowded urban world so I...

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Luna

Luna

Story based on a conversation with Sandy, a High Park Zookeeper “When Honey was born, High Park Zoo was in a fight for it’s life. The City of Toronto had cut funding for the zoo and it was at imminent risk of shutting down. ‘Friends of High Park Zoo’ was formed and...

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Park Watch

Park Watch

Story by John Hardie “For over fifteen years, I have spent every Sunday, adorned in a yellow park watch vest, as a host to visitors to High Park. On the rare occasion, we do encounter difficult situations. In general, however, we enjoy our contact with the public....

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OURspace in the Winter

OURspace in the Winter

Story by Chantale Spencer "This past summer I was sitting on the logs in OURSpace (the fenced field behind the High Park Forest School that now houses the Nature Centre) with some children during lunch. There were approximately 50 people in the field all engaged in...

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Willow by Grenadier Pond

Willow by Grenadier Pond

Story by Leslie Nemeth "It was the summer of 1983. High Park was quieter then. It felt like the whole park was ours, to do what we wanted. This was an unfamiliar feeling for me. We had recently moved to Canada from Hungary. My nagymama (pronounced nodge-mama and which...

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