Sunday, September 20, 2015

Gardeners needed

Plant a butterfly and wild flower garden in the front of Ritchie park at on Thursday September 24th and Friday September 25th. To join email

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Egg Hunt on Good Friday

At Ritchie Park!

Friday April 3rd at 1 pm 
(rain date Saturday April 4th at 1 pm)

Kids can hunt for plastic eggs. And then redeem their plastic eggs for chocolate treats.

We also have an Easter Egg piñata filled with trinkets just looking for a bashing!

And they can decorate and wear bunny masks!

Fun! Fun! Fun!

We’ll have a separate egg hunt section for the 3 and under crowd.

What Can I Contribute?
Feel free to bring any treats/food or drinks on the day of the event.

How Can I Help?
Any parent who can help us set up, please meet at the park by 12:45. I need a few parents to hide the eggs while we take the kids on a walk along Ritchie Ave.

I Have A Question.
contact Lillian at

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ritchie Ave. Art (Noise) Wall Public Consultation

Four shortlisted artists have been chosen for the art wall location at the end of Ritchie Avenue and on the West Toronto Rail Path.
You can join the community consultation to review the preliminary artwork of Elicser, Kwest, Oliver Pauk, and Paul Aloisi.
When: Monday November 24
Where: 2340 Dundas St. W. 3rd floor, suite 302 (Crossways Employment and Social Services)
When: 6pm – 8pm (presentations begin at 6:30)
Each artist will present their preliminary concept and then take your comments/feedback into consideration as they work towards a final submission.

If you cannot attend the community consultation you can review the concepts on our website at (good luck trying to find the actual concepts...the link is just a general one) between November 25 - December 2,and send in your feedback to
Learn more about the public art projects here.

Comment below if you find an actual link to share of the concepts.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Big shout-out to Lillian and Mina (and everyone else who made a contribution) for a fun and memorable afternoon. Here is some of the evidence...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Carnival

For the friends of Ritchie Parkette

When: Saturday October 25th 
What Time: 2 pm
What if it rains: Rain date Sunday October 26th at 2pm
Where: Ritchie Parkette

Slap those costumes on your kids and come join us for a fun and spooky afternoon at Ritchie Parkette.

This Halloween Carnival will be filled with:

Spooky paper plate ghost craft!
Halloween Ink! (temp tattoos)
Fortune Teller!

Want to help?

Please bring food (peanut and nut free please) for all to enjoy – sweet, savory, drinks, chips, that fancy water with lemon slices

We also need some parents or older kids to run the games

We need a few parents to come early to help set up

Got an idea for a game? Fantastic-come a bit early to set it up. We can give you a bucket of prizes.

Hope to see you all there!

Got a question? Email us at

Friday, October 3, 2014

Noise wall art mural coming this spring to Ritchie Avenue green space.

The City of Toronto's and Metrolinx are holding an open public art competition to create an outdoor art mural project along the green space at the foot of Ritchie Ave. It looks like the budget for the Ritchie Wall is $12,000 (30K for the railpath wall mural). If you are or know an artist interested please spread the work around. The deadline is Oct. 24.

More info here.

Application package here.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

You will be missed, Frank

Sadly, on Tuesday we lost a long time Ritchie Avenue resident, business owner and generally great guy. Frank Scala was an example of a classy guy who always had time for a chat, smile or to lend a chivalrous hand to a neighbour in need. An obvious hard worker as evidenced by his legendary snow clearing he will be missed by all that knew him.

Click here for all the details about Funeral and Visitation


Passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Hospital, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the age of 77. Beloved husband of the late Theresa Agnes. Loving father of John, Nick and Frank Jr. He will be fondly remembered by his extended family and friends. Friends may call at Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West (at Windermere) on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Joan of Arc Church, 1701 Bloor St. W., Toronto, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 10 AM, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Egg Hunt At Ritchie Park Postponed Until Saturday April 19th

Egg Hunt Postponed Due to Rain

It seems Friday is threatening to have 'light showers' all day. So please join us on Saturday April 19th at 2pm for the egg hunt. Come on out to enjoy the egg hunt, and the sunshine!

If some parents can come at 1:45 to help me hide the eggs that would be great.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt
At Ritchie Park!

Come join us on
Friday April 18th at 2 pm (Good Friday)
(rain date Saturday April 19th at 2 pm)

They can hunt for peanut free chocolate treats stuffed inside plastic eggs.

I also have an Easter Egg piñata just looking for a bashing!

And they can decorate and wear bunny masks!

Fun! Fun! Fun!

We’ll have a separate egg hunt section for the 3 and under crowd so no worries about your little one getting trampled by overzealous chocolate hunters.

What Can I Contribute?
Feel free to bring any treats or drinks on the day of the event. 

How Can I Help?
Any parent who can help me set up, please meet at the park by 1:45. I need a few parents to hide the eggs.

I Have A Question.
contact Lillian at

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Learn how to flood a rink.

At the Fieldhouse in Sorauren Park this Thursday there will be a clinic on how to best maintain a park rink. Hopefully someone from Friends of Ritchie Parkette can attend to garner some tips and tricks in the zen of ice rink maintenance. Also, if you are interested in helping maintain the rink this winter (flooding and shoveling) reach out to us at

The Sorauren Hosers volunteer rink flooding crew has joined with Park People to co-host an interactive panel and discussion on natural ice rinks.

The event will feature ice rink volunteers from across the city sharing ideas and best practices.

Registration is free and Park People will serve hot chocolate. Please come!

Thursday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sorauren Park Fieldhouse, 50 Wabash Avenue

Register here:

Friday, November 1, 2013

Great fun at the Halloween party and the rain stayed away!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Carnival  
POSTPONED due to Rain

Come Join us on
Sunday October 27th at 2 pm
Please come by at 1 pm if you are setting up a game or are helping out!
Don't forget some spare change for our 50/50 draw.
Peanut/nut free treats are most welcome!