Celebrate 100th Anniversary of the Howard Memorial Gates in High Park

FREE Admission

Sunday, March 23
12:45 to 3 p.m. – Remarks at 2:15 p.m.
High Park Boulevard and Parkside Drive, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park) will be joined by the riding’s MP Peggy Nash and MPP Cheri DiNovo as well as other dignitaries for a public parade, remarks and community activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of High Park‘s Howard Memorial Gates.

"Popular, local-based artist David Crighton has created this stunning High Park image to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Howard Memorial Gates. "

“Popular, local-based artist David Crighton has created this stunning High Park image to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Howard Memorial Gates. “

  • Dedicated to John Howard in recognition of his gift of High Park, the gates on Parkside Drive at High Park Boulevard were officially opened on March 19, 1914 to commemorate John Howard’s deeding of High Park to the City of Toronto.

 “The distinctive limestone and iron gates in the centre of the image are surrounded by other prominent High Park features, including Colborne Lodge, John Howard’s former residence, the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground and peacocks from the Zoo.”

highpark.org

Please click here for info about  supporting this event by purchasing a 20″ x 6″ print of the above image at Colborne Lodge.

  • Also, this project has been supported by the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

Here’s the itinerary.

  • 12:45 p.m.:
    • Join the High Park Walking Tour Group for a walk commemorating the history of John Howard and his life in High Park.
      • The walk will include some historic sites as well as some newer attractions. Meet at the benches south of the Grenadier Restaurant. The walk ends at the parade location at 1:45 p.m.
    • Also starting at 12:45 p.m., in front of the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground, beside the parade location, the High Park Nature Centre will hand out family scavenger hunt cards.
      • Fill in one line, return with your card by 1:45 p.m. and you will be eligible for a prize!
  • Parade at 2 p.m. on Parkside Drive:
    • Enjoy a parade of dignitaries, including the “Duke and Duchess of Connaught”, representatives the National and Kathleen Drope Chapters of the IODE, the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums, and Scouts troops from the area.
    • The parade will travel along Deer Pen Road to the stage at the gates at High Park Boulevard. Local community and park groups will lead activities and host exhibits.
    • Refreshments to follow.

Please click here to view a map (pdf) of High Park.

Please note: High Park Boulevard, Deer Pen and Centre Roads are closed to cars for the event. Parking is limited, please visit ttc.ca for transit routes

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

March 21, 2014

Parade and community activities for anniversary of Howard Memorial Gates in High Park

Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park) will be joined by the riding’s MP Peggy Nash and MPP Cheri DiNovo as well as other dignitaries for a public parade, remarks and community activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of High Park’s Howard Memorial Gates. The gates opened on March 19, 1914 to commemorate John Howard’s deeding of High Park to the City of Toronto.

Date: Sunday, March 23
Time: 12:45 to 3 p.m. – remarks at 2:15 p.m.
Location: High Park Boulevard and Parkside Drive
High Park Boulevard, Deer Pen Road and Centre Road will be closed to vehicles for the event. Media vehicles can access High Park via the Bloor Street entrance.

At 2 p.m., a parade featuring the pipes and drums of the 48th Highlanders and local scout troops will march from an area beside the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground to the gates at Parkside Drive. High Park-area groups will present exhibits and activities before and after the parade.

This project is supported by the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, Department of Canadian Heritage. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events and http://highpark.org.

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