Events

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING – High Park Zoo Master Plan

Presentation & Round Table Discussion

Date:
Thursday, October 15th, 2015
7:00 to 8:30 PM

Location:
High Park Forest School,
Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto, ON

High Park Forest School

 

One of North America’s oldest zoos, High Park Zoo, is planning a face lift and we want you to be a part of it.

For over 120 years, the free admission High Park Zoo has been one of the jewels of Toronto.B As part of the development of a new Master Plan for High Park Zoo, Friends of High Park Zoo, in collaboration with the City of Toronto, invite members of the public to share their ideas and visions for High Park Zoo.

The public meeting will focus on gathering input from the public on immediate and long-term goals for the Zoo.B We look forward to hearing your input on improving the visitor experience, enhancing educational opportunities, increasing accessibility and any suggestions for specific projects that would make the zoo a better place for people and its animal residents. Everyone is welcome to attend especially children and youth.

For details, directions to the High Park Forest School and a link to the event poster, please click here.

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Cheer with Us at the Scotiabank Marathon

 

Neighbourhood Charity & Sponsoring Group – Sunday October 19, 2014

bFriends of High Park Zoo Welcome Youb

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Friends of High Park Zoo on behalf of the neighbourhood of Swansea-Bloor West Village-High Park welcome runners from across Toronto, Canada and the world. When you reach our cheering station you will be at the Western most point on the route and we will be cheering you on like the party banimalsb that we are!

Friends of High Park Zoo invites everyone to celebrate the Zoobs 121st year with us by cheering runners at the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon. Webre proud to participate b join us on race day!B Funds raised by our Marathon Champions will be used in support of the Zoo.

For more details visit:B B http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/en/nc/nc4.htm#charity

Donations to support High Park Zoo can be made online:B highparkzoo.ca/participate

Location:

Ellis Ave. & Lakeshore Bldv., at 13k

Come out and join in the cheering fun at the actual event on October 19th at the bottom of Ellis Ave. & Lakeshore Blvd. at 13k, 8:45 am – 11:15 am on the morning of the race.

Scotia map with location

Features ForB 2014:

Friends of High Park Zoobs cheering station will have a DJ, live entertainment and refreshments.

Itbs a great place for families and friends to celebrate a Toronto tradition and cheer the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon runners on!

Cheer runners from:

8:45 am to 11:15 am

Our Neighbourhood Champions 2014:

Bridget Burns

Charles Jewell

Sean Russell

Mike Hassan

To pledge a donationB on one ofB our runners, visit:B B http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/en/nc/nc4.htm#charity

Our 2014 Sponsors & Supporters

Interested in sponsoring Friends of High Park Zoo?B For more information, click:B B http://cms.highparkzoo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/FHPZ-Scotia2014-SSheet_v02.pdf

 

EmuB Sponsors

Dicemark 5_300dpis

 

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Supporters

HighPark Org

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Grandparents Day in High Park Zoo

TORONTO Sept 2, 2014
On Sunday September 7, 2014 come celebrate Grandparent day with your family at High Park Zoo. From 11 am to 2 pm, visitors may pet and feed the llamas, pet rabbits, and colour at the Zoo llama pen. High Park Zoo is open daily, free of charge, from 7am until dusk. The Zoo is home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep.

High Park Zoo has been open for 120 years and is one of the oldest zoos in North America. The Zoo is located in High Park, a short walk from the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground and Grenadier Restaurant. Free parking available near the Zoobs entrances.

There are many other activities taking place on Grandparentsb day in High Park Zoo including an Afternoon Tea at Grenadier Restaurant, walking tours led by Colborne Lodge staff and activities at the High Park Nature Centre.

For those who canbt make it to High Park Zoo for Grandparentsb Day, they can still enjoy the llama pen activities from 11 am to 2 pm on weekends and holidays until the end of October.

Donations to support High Park Zoo may be made to Friends of High Park Zoo in person at the Zoo donation stations, by mail or online. Donation instructions are located at www.HighParkZoo.ca/participate. Friends of High Park Zoo is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization. Their current focus is to improve the Zoo through new capital projects.

Grandparents' Day 2014 Poster

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Friends of High Park Zoo Initiative Raises $110,000

TORONTO Aug 27, 2014
Friends of High Park Zoo primary fundraiser for 2014, the Honey Family Foundation Matching Initiative concluded on July 31, 2014. Thanks to the generous support of our donors and the Honey Family Foundation, which matched community donations, Friends of High Park Zoo raised $110,000 to help improve the Zoo llama pen, where Honey the llama calls home.

Of the $110,000 raised, $50,000 was donated by community members, and the Honey Family Foundation contributed $60,000. Collectively the Honey Family Foundation Match Initiative helped raise over $327,000 to support the Zoo since the launch of the initiative in 2012, when City funding for the Zoo was withdrawn. Their continued support was essential in the effort to save High Park Zoo.

“Thank you does not even begin to show my appreciation to the Honey Family Foundation for believing in the Friends of High Park Zoo and the residents of Toronto. Without their matching fund these past three years we may have seen the Zoo close after 120 years. Thank you to every resident who has donated to match these funds.b said Councillor Sarah Doucette

Now that High Park Zoo operating costs have been returned to the City budget, every penny raised by Friends of High Park Zoo will go towards enhancing the Zoo, primarily through capital projects that include landscaping, refurbishing the current llama pen and creating new additions.

The success of our 2014 matching initiative would not have been possible without the help of many volunteers, who opened the llama pens so families could interact with the animals every weekend, and who continue to help in any way they can, said Janet Evans, member of the Friends of High Park Zoo Board of Directors. We would like to thank everyone who donated and helped raise awareness and support for High Park Zoo.

The llama pen will continue to be open from 11 am to 2 pm on weekends and holidays until the end of October. High Park Zoo is open every day from 7 am until dusk with free admission. The Zoo is home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep.

While the Honey Family Foundation Match Initiative has concluded, donations may still be made in person at the Zoo donation stations, by mail or online. Donation instructions are located at www.HighParkZoo.ca/participate. Friends of High Park Zoo is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization.

 

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Grandparents Day at High Park Zoo

Join Friends of High Park Zoo For:

Grandparents Day at High Park Zoo

Sunday September 8, 2013 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

  • Come Celebrate Grandparents Day at High Park Zoo b Runs from 11 am to 3 pm
  • We Will Have both Animal and Special Activities For Visitors of All Ages
  • High Park Zoo is celebrating 120 years in 2013. Support our 120 Years of High Park Zoo Initiative

= Donate online through TPTF to ensure that High Park Zoo is here for another 120 years

 

TORONTO, August 30, 2013
Friends of High Park Zoo today invites all Grandparents and their families to celebrate Grandparents Day on Sunday September 8, 2013 at High Park Zoo. Come visit our wonderful animals such as our llama Honey, our wallaby Zoomer and all of their High Park Zoo friends. We will have special activities including a fire truck and storyteller that will appeal to the kid in all of us. Also representatives from CARP will be in attendance.

Please don’t forget that we need your help to support the Zoo which is funded by donations received by Friends of High Park Zoo. Support our 120 Years of High Park Zoo initiative where our goal is to raise $120,000 needed for the Zoo’s continued operations which cost $228,000 annually. Major benefactors to date in 2013 include: the Honey Family Foundation ($50,000), Moses Znaimer ($10,000), CUPE 79 ($7,000), and Grenadier Group ($5,000).

Our initiative has a dual focus. Firstly, we need the support of the thousands of visitors to the Zoo in order to ensure the Zoobs operating costs go back into the 2014 City budget. Please sign our petition (on location or online at highparkzoo.ca) to ensure the City is aware of our request. Secondly, we need to raise $120,000 to ensure the Zoo continues to service our community for another 120 years. Please continue to support High Park Zoo by donating directly or through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation for a charitable tax receipt.

Our 120 Years of High Park Zoo not only celebrates the longevity and legacy of High Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in North America and one where admission is free, it seeks the support from the thousands of visitors who enjoy the Zoo each year.

Funds to operate the Zoo were provided by the City of Toronto through two World Wars, the Great Depression and all through the economic ups and downs of the last half century. Only in 2012 did the City eliminate funding for the Zoo. Since then Friends of High Park Zoo has stepped in to raise the funds to keep the Zoo operating.

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Llama Pen Activities

Friends of High Park Zoo invites visitors of all ages to join us at High Park Zoo, celebrating its 120th year, this weekend.

VISIT:B While the Zoo is open every day from 7:00 am to dusk, come get closer with the animals this weekend in the Llama Pen.B Friends of High Park Zoo volunteers open the Llama Pen weekends and statutory holidays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (beginning in March until the end of October) allowing visitors to feed and pet the llamas (Honey and her friends) and interact with other animals such as chickens, rabbits, wallabies (Zoomer, Aussie and their friends) and capybaras.

VOLUNTEER: Volunteers are needed at High Park Zoo to support these activities.B If you are interested, email us at: friendsofhighparkzoo@gmail.com

DONATE:B Friends of High Park Zoo was formed in 2012 to raise the necessary funds to ensure that the Zoo stays open.B The Zoo costs only $228,000 for 2013, or 9 cents per Toronto resident to operate for an entire year.B Donations to support High Park Zoo can be made through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation online, onsite or by mailing a cheque. Donate online at: torontoparksandtrees.org/high-park-zoo and click bb&donating nowb

Email: friendsofhighparkzoo@gmail.com

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