Friends of 
Guild Park  
& Gardens

The Friends of the Guild Park & Gardens

We are a volunteer group approved by the City of Toronto that:

  • Improves, enhances and protects Guild Park & Gardens
  • Collaborates with the City of Toronto, other levels of government, community groups and the private sector
  • Creates, organizes and promotes activities, programs, special events at Guild Park & Gardens
  • Assists in fundraising for the revitalization of the park and for specific capital improvements at the Guild Park & Gardens
  • Encourages input so Guild Park & Gardens is enjoyed as a cultural and heritage destination on a local, provincial, national and international scale
Board of Directors 2016 - 2017
John P. Mason, President
Kate Kennedy, Vice President
Rose Mitchell-Spohn, Treasurer
Janet Heise, Secretary
Miroslav Glavić
Ralph Van Putten
Joseph D'Addario

What we’ve done, so far… 

Since July 2012 Friends of Guild Park have hosted a series of volunteer-led walking tours at Guild Park attracting more than 1,100 visitors yearly.  Our independent walking tours and those offered partnership with Heritage Toronto, Jane's Walk and DoorsOpenTO provide visitors with a unique historical, a cultural perspective of Guild Park each Spring and Summer. In 2016 our group received a special award of recognition from Mayor John Tory Mayor for the walking tours of Guild Park.

Twice a year we organize the Guild Park portion of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a national campaign of the Vancouver Aquarium and World Wildlife Federation. Shoreline Clean Up occur each Spring and Fall but we encourage park enthusiasts to collect rubbish whenever they visit the park! Our group is also working closely with the City on identifying waste management solutions. 

Our group initiated several annual Holiday events including the Spring Party for Guild Park, The Halloween Haunt and The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and we also actively participate in Guild Alive With Culture Festival each summer. in 2015 we were proud to have Guild Park selected as a location for a national Dutch Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden.  Our group hosted first planting ceremony in October and a colourful Bloom Ceremony the following spring.  

In 2013 the Friends of Guild Park & Gardens were awarded the Heritage Toronto 2013 Community Heritage Award and received a Heritage Toronto Media Award, 2012.  

Our group has earned media coverage from CTV, Toronto Star, Global News, Scarborough Mirror, Snap'dScarborough. In partnership with other Guild Park Stakeholder Groups including the Guildwood Village Community Association, Guild Festival Theatre and the Guild Renaissance Group we advocate on behalf of and promote the legacy of the Guild Of All Arts, Rosa and Spencer Clark and the natural beauty of Guild Park and Gardens. 

In May 2016 our groups worked together to create The Future Arts Programs and Facilities at Guild Park Report.  This report has been shared widely with community members and the City of Toronto's Arts Services in support of returning arts programming to Guild Park. Our research included reaching out to many people and groups all keenly interested in fostering green space, the arts, community engagement, recreation and other pursuits at Guild Park. We see this report as another step in the ongoing dialogue to make Guild Park a sustainable and spectacular arts activity hub - a destination park where "Art Meets Nature" and a public place that generates lasting benefits to everyone involved. 

Image: Arrivals and Departures by John Broere, Guild of All Arts 50th Anniversary, 1982

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