BEST COMMUNITY PARK DUFFERIN GROVE
875 Dufferin, 416-392-0913, www.dufferinpark.ca It has a clay-and-straw structure built by locals and a newletter that rivals the neighbourhood papers. Dufferin Grove is one patch of green you can chalk up to community. So much is going on here, from bread rising in the communal oven to the weekly organic farmers market, that you can easily forget it’s right across the road from a mall. Besides a grassroots open-air theatre, it’s got the sort of playground we all wish we’d had as tots, including a huge sandpit with running water, and toys for anyone to use. The Grove is like the Internet with trees – it connects to everything.
David Anderson, artistic director of Clay & Paper Theatre, and volunteers Dario Forgas Bernstein and Shanan Kinsella
help turn Dufferin Grove Park into a stellar example of community process.