Shade the Barns

Jun 17

Timing update on the Shade!

With summer heat and sun upon us, there has been a lot of buzz at the park, and folks are wondering when the shade is coming. 
On Thursday, June 14th, Shade the Barns met with City Councillor Joe Mihevc and City Landscape Architect Bob Duguid to review the final plans for the shade structures.
There are two identical structures, one to be installed over the sand pit, and the other will be in the south-west corner of the playground. They are beautifully designed, and will provide shade coverage in the area of about 12 x 24 feet each.
Due to the large size of the structures, excavation and preparation of the foundation at the site will be required before they are installed. 
The final costs of this project are higher than expected, but Councillor Joe has assured me that the funds are there to make this happen. At the City, there are several means of procurement, which differ depending on the projected cost of the project. In this particular situation, the City estimates that the structures will be in the ground in - drum roll - September 2012.
Shade the Barns has advocated for our community, and the City has agreed to purchase and install two temporary tent canopies for the park to ensure there is respite from the sun and heat over the summer. 
We know this may be frustrating for some, but we can look forward to two beautiful shade shelters for late summer/early fall, and for the many years to come. In the meantime, let’s work together to take care of the temporary canopies that will help us all get through these hot days at the Barns Park.
Several new trees will also be planted, likely the faster growing maples that you can find near the dog park. And there will be seating made from felled trees as well. 
Finally, if you have purchased a paver, you will be receiving a call from one of us in the coming few weeks to confirm your engraving. The pavers will be ordered this summer, and will be installed with the shade structures.
Thanks everyone for your understanding and patience and dedication to this community!

Feb 04

Please give your feedback on possible shade structure designs.

Feb 03

Things are moving: Monday Feb 27th community mtg to present final plans

We recently met with the City to review the first generation plans for shade at the park, and we are so excited to share their ideas with you!

On Saturday, February 4th at the Wychwood farmers’ market we will have the work-ups available for viewing, and we need your feedback and ideas.

Please come out and have a look, and tell us what you think. Your feedback will help the City develop the final plans, which will be presented at a Community Meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, February 27th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Barns.

So, come out Saturday to the market and tell us what you think - there are some surprises!

Oct 15

We’re at $19,000 - one big push and we’ll be there.


Thank you to everyone who has continued to support this project. The Fall newsletter and update has been sent out. If you’d like to receive it, please send us an email at or tell us here.

Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation will be mailing out those tax receipts at the end of this year, or early next!

Our fundraising total is at $19,000 and we need to finish the job by November when the planning at City Hall starts! Can you get one person to donate? Then we’ll get there for sure! Thank you for continuing to support this important initiative in our neighbourhood.

The link to donate is here:

Jun 04

We’re 3/4 way there!!!

Thank you to the community for your incredible support. We’ve raised $15,000! We’re really hoping to raise the remaining funds by the end of the month so that we can have shade for next year. If you’ve been thinking of donating and haven’t had a chance to yet - now’s the time! Click here to donate now!

A big news day!

Shade the Barns was featured in the Toronto Star.—no-shade-means-popular-park-too-hot-for-young-kids 

as well as on the CBC. Thanks to everyone who continues to support this initiative! 

Apr 20

$10,375 raised! Let’s keep the momentum going!

Thank you everyone for helping us get almost halfway to our goal! Awesome stuff.

If you know some folks who are planning to support this initiative but maybe haven’t had a chance to do so yet, please ask them to do so now. The sooner we meet our goal the sooner we can get the shade. It’s easy to donate online and the amount is tax deductible. Visit here

Happy Spring everyone! The Shade Ladies.

Apr 04

$8,100 raised. Way to go Wychwood-ers!

We love this neighbourhood. Thank you to our awesome neighbours for your incredible support in getting this project going. We are a third of the way to our goal! If you’re planning to support this project, please click here to donate now and help us reach our goal of $25,000:

Just remember to enter the amount you wish to donate in the ‘add to my basket’ field.

If you have any questions about how to donate, please contact us at and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Mar 08

$3,500 DONATED! Let’s keep going!

Thank you to the community for your tremendous support in just a few very short weeks. We are well on our way to our $25,000 goal. Please help us reach our target by the end of March. Click here to donate now

Just remember to enter the amount you wish to donate in the ‘add to my basket’ field.

If you have any questions about how to donate, please contact us at and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Mar 03


We are able to accept online donations through the Toronto Trees and Parks Foundation.

Click here:

You will need to scroll down the page and select what you would like to donate. PLEASE ENSURE YOU SPECIFY THE CORRECT AMOUNT in the “add to my basket” field. 

If you are unsure what you would like engraved on your block, please just leave the engraving field blank and we will contact you at a later date.

If you have any questions on how to donate or are having any difficulty donating, please contact us at and we will be happy to help you.

Thank you for your support!