Our culturally diverse group welcomes all interested women and invites them to participate in the process of identifying the needs of the community’s public spaces and planning strategies for change that will have a direct positive impact on the people of the Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood.
Since 2008, the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee has strived to revitalize our community public green space – R.V. Burgess Park. With the efforts of the community, we’ve lobbied the City of Toronto to help improve our park. We’ve been extremely lucky to see the following improvements to R.V. Burgess Park:
- Benches, water fountain, and picnic tables
- Trees, flowers, new sod
- Updated playground equipment and splash pad
- Paved paths and power outlets
Thanks to the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee’s community revitalization projects, R.V. Burgess Park was the first Canadian park to be named a frontline park – a recognition awarded to “standout examples of urban park excellence, innovation and stewardship.”
In addition to our work on transforming R.V. Burgess Park, the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee offers a number of programs to community members, with the goal of improving the lives and livelihoods of women and our community.
Our diverse programming provides individuals with the opportunity to develop professional skills, build relationships with fellow community members, and work together to build a stronger and healthier neighbourhood.
From the Press
The Toronto Star
“But I was helping myself by helping others, because I was a newcomer too,” she confides. “I just love helping the women. When you see the smile on their face and you can see it in their eyes, it is just amazing.”
The Toronto Star
And it all came about because Ali and a group of women decided to revitalize R.V. Burgess Park, a time-worn and forgotten green space in the heart of their neighbourhood, which is visible from the windows of surrounding highrise apartments — and is about 5 kilometres away from the trendy Brickworks.
The University of Toronto News
The committee’s hard work on a central green space called R.V. Burgess Park had already attracted the attention and admiration of Toronto’s department of parks, forestry and recreation, which supplied funding for new benches and playground equipment.
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