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!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Halloween Carnival

For the friends of Ritchie Parkette

When: Saturday October 26th 
What Time: 2 pm
What if it rains: Rain date Sunday October 27th 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:

50/50 Draw!
Spooky paper plate ghost craft!
Halloween Ink! (temp tattoos)
Fresh new grass!
An influx of mosquitoes!

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

Bring some cash to participate in the wild and exciting 50/50 draw. $2 per ticket or 3 for $5! Proceeds go to a local shelter.

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

Got a way to prevent rain? Fantastic! Please get to work on that immediately.

Hope to see you all there!

A special thank you to Mina (Evan's mom) for purchasing a lot of the trinket prizes.

Got a question? Email me at

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Weston Grant Application Successful!

It was announced yesterday that the W. Garfield Weston Foundation will support improvements to Ritchie Parkette with a $25,000 grant provided through the Weston Family Parks Challenge.

The Rotary Club of Toronto, the Friends of Ritchie Parkette and the Toronto Department of Parks, Forestry & Recreation will use the grant to rehabilitate the parkette’s natural environment, introduce wildlife education and programming.

Although the drop zone ride and giant velcro wall were rejected it turns out that we are approved for the following:

  1. Native species will be planted at the front of the park and some interpretive signage that identifies the plants and describes healthy natural habitats.
  2. A chalk board wildlife and bird sighting display and some signage about birds in the area will be erected with links for posting bird, insect and mammal sightings to this blog.
  3. Access to a water tap for all seasons. This means sandcastles, rivers through sand tunnels and water for the ice rink in the winter.
Thanks to all involved for their time in helping us win this generous grant.