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Play at the Barns

May 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The Friends of Wychwood Barns Park (FOWBP) have been advocating for the revitalization of Wychwood Barns Park. The group’s vision, Playscape Wychwood Barns Park, is to create an inclusive and intergenerational community gathering place, where nature and artistic design pay tribute to the rich history of the neighbourhood while also inspiring meaningful outdoor play and learning. Since 2020, FOWBP have been seeking input from local artists and community members, including local children and youth, on the changes they would like to see in the park.

In 2021, Urban Minds, a non-profit organization focused on youth-led city building, teamed up with FOWBP to launch the 1UP Design Competition. 10 teams of high school students across the Greater Toronto Area submitted concept plans to redesign Wychwood Barns Park as a more inclusive and accessible playground and outdoor gathering space for all.

With the support of Artscape Wychwood Barns, FOWBP and Urban Minds are planning to host a community design exhibit as part of DesignTO Festival in January 2022. This exhibit will showcase the incredible design ideas from the 1UP Design Competition participants as well as community members and local artists. An opening reception will feature presentations by FOWBP representatives, the winning student team of the 1UP Design Competition, and Councillor Josh Matlow, who has been a great supporter for this initiative. There is also an opportunity for community members to co-create a communal art piece as part of the revitalization project. The goal of the event is to bring the Wychwood Barns community together to celebrate the grassroots-driven design and advocacy effort thus far and to continue to build momentum for change in this beloved public park.

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