Photo: Sunny park crawl celebrates Toronto's Homegrown National Park

Toronto's Lemon Bucket Orkestra parading the Park Crawl to the next destination. Credit: Jeremy Kai —

By Jode Roberts, communications

Sunshine, great food and big smiles were on the menu at the David Suzuki Foundation's first-ever Homegrown Park Crawl last Sunday.

As a celebratory wrap up to the first year of the David Suzuki Foundation's Homegrown National Park Project, more than 1,000 Torontonians spent Sunday hanging out in four city parks along the former Garrison Creek.

Participants enjoyed tasty treats ranging from pizza fresh from the wood-oven and bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed dates to Oyster Boy's amazing oysters and 'schpooples' (delicious little doughnuts).

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Musical highlights included pop songs belted out by more than 60 members of Choir!Choir!Choir! and two musical parades lead by the city's foremost party band, Lemon Bucket Orkestra (check out videos here and here).

One of the most memorable moments happened in between the parks when the Lemon Bucket Orkestra-led parade noticed a birthday party happening on the porch of a house they were passing. The band led a cheerful rendition of Happy Birthday for the surprised birthday girl and went on their merry way.

Below check out a sampling of videos and images from the day, including the three new canoe gardens that were planted.

Special thanks to the 60+ event volunteers, team of Park Rangers and all of the food vendors, community groups, Homegrown National Park Project partners and event sponsors that made the day such an amazing success.


Community Canoe garden in Christie Pits Park

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Chef Rocco from Pizzeria Libretto in Christie Pits — Photo by Peter Schindler

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#Gnomezuki hanging out in Christie Pits — Photo by Jeremy Kai

Choir!Choir!Choir! in Christie Pits

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Photo by Brony MC via Facebook

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