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June 13th 2022

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Green Space Festival 2022: Neighbourhood Information

Our Neighbourhood, Our Communities, Our Festival!

After the past two years, The 519 is thrilled to be hosting our annual Green Space Festival (GSF). GSF features a series of signature events held at Barbara Hall Park. This year, the Festival will take place from Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, June 26, 2022.

The 519 is Canada’s largest and most prominent 2SLGBTQ+ community centre, serving communities in Toronto and beyond. Green Space Festival matters to The 519 and our communities because:

  • It is our biggest fundraising event of the year.
  • 100% of all proceeds generated from GSF go to support The 519’s year-round programs and services for 2SLGBTQ+ communities.
  • GSF has been able to directly invest $3.8 million into programs and services for our underserved 2SLGBTQ+ communities as a direct result of our fundraising over the last 10 years.

The Festival and other activities held during Pride month have many positive impacts on our local neighbourhood and businesses. We are thankful for the wonderful support, feedback, and advice from our neighbours, community members, elected officials, and city staff that help make our festival better every year.

With the help of feedback and support, we have made many improvements over the years related to sound mitigation, traffic flow, pedestrian safety, park maintenance, and communications with our neighbours. We are fully committed to once again utilizing and enhancing those initiatives.

Please see the following information about our commitment to access to Barbara Hall Park and other facilities during the Festival.

Sound Mitigation

  • We are once again incorporating soundproofing features in our site plan to direct sound away from our neighbours as much as possible. For the first time, we will be double-wrapping instead of single-wrapping the fencing in sound-dampening banners.
  • We will not exceed 80 decibels during events, and will be monitoring this diligently throughout the Festival. This is 5 decibels less than previous years.
  • Amplified sound will end promptly at 11:59pm on June 23, 24, 25, and 26.

Map of the Green Space Festival menu

Click to download the festival venue map

Accepted Modes of Payment

  • Tap-enabled Debit Card
  • Tap-enabled Credit Card
  • Prepaid Interac, Mastercard, or Visa Card
  • Apple/Android Pay
  • Guests may also use prepaid cards — available widely at numerous retail stores — bearing the Interac, Visa, or Mastercard logos.

Pay directly with debit or credit card at the bar and food station.
Tokens from previous festival seasons will not be accepted and have no cash value.
2.75% service fee on all card transactions.
No tipping. Donations are welcome and are accepted at tap-enabled devices throughout the festival. Tax receipts not provided.

Access to Splash Pad (From June 23-26)

  • The Splash Pad will be open during Green Space Festival events with mixed use. More details under section ‘Information about access to Barbara Hall Park venue and facilities during Pride week’.
  • Only children accompanied by adults can access the Splash Pad when set-up is underway. More details under section ‘Information about access to Barbara Hall Park venue and facilities during Pride week’.
  • Caution is strongly advised when set-up or events are underway. The Splash Pad is part of the event space.
  • For your safety, we will be tying down the playground equipment at 7pm during Green Space Festival events.
  • Daily access details further below.

Access to Barbara Hall Park and facilities during Pride week

NOTE: Access to Off-leash Dog Park and Splash Pad via park entrance south of The 519 is subject to change based on public safety, line management, and operational considerations.

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2022

Event: Candlelight AIDS Vigil, 8 to 10pm

Activity within Barbara Hall Park:

  • 9am onwards: Fencing installation for GSF begins on North and South sides of park
  • 11am onwards: Set-up/installation for AIDS Vigil, including draping of fencing
  • Delivery of portable toilets for GSF
  • Delivery of GSF products and materials to The 519 interior

Location Access:

  • AIDS Memorial: Regular access. Some areas will have limited access after 5pm to accommodate AIDS Vigil set-up.
  • Splash Pad: Regular access
  • Off-leash Dog Park: Regular access
  • Monteith Street: Regular access
  • Barbara Hall Park: Regular access, some areas will have limited access for AIDS Vigil set-up and event post 5pm
  • Church Street Lane closures: Lane closure begins at 8am. Sidewalk and east curb lane from The 519 to Monteith Street will be closed for GSF load-in and set-up. Through-way will be maintained using sidewalk lane barriers
  • The 519: Open until 9pm

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022

Event: None

Activity within Barbara Hall Park:

  • Audio-visual installation for GSF, begins at 8am
  • Physical set-up for GSF, 8am onwards
  • Continued delivery of GSF materials, 8am onwards

Location Access:

  • AIDS Memorial: Regular access
  • Splash Pad: Regular access until 7:00pm.
  • Off-leash Dog Park: Regular access until 7:00pm. After 7:00pm, access via Cawthra Square only.
  • Monteith Street: Access to residents only
  • Barbara Hall Park: Limited access due to Festival set-up
  • Church Street Lane closures:
    • Closure on Church Street east curb and sidewalk extends from Monteith Avenue to Anvil Alley. Access to Dudley’s will be maintained
    • Through-way will be maintained for community members using sidewalk lane barriers
  • Accessibility:
    • Access ramps available on both sides of sidewalk closure
    • Ramp into The 519 accessible at all times during building hours
  • The 519: Open until 9pm 

THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2022

Event: Starry Night, 5 to 11:59pm

Activity within Barbara Hall Park:

  • 8am to 5pm: Continued deliveries, installation, and set-up for GSF
  • Public event begins at 5pm

Location Access:

  • AIDS Memorial: Access via The 519 Front Desk from 9:30am to 4:00pm.
  • Splash Pad:
    • Until 2:00pm: Regular access for families only via park entrance to the South of The 519
    • 2:00pm to 4:30pm: Enter park via exit at Church at Monteith Street
    • 4:30pm onwards: Access continues via Church at Monteith Street (subject to bag and stroller check)
    • Playground equipment will be tied down at 7pm and untied by 9:00am the following day.
  • Off-leash Dog Park:
    • Access via Cawthra Square all day/evening
    • Access via South entrance to Park via Church Street from 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Monteith Street: Access to residents only
  • Barbara Hall Park: Limited access to accommodate Festival installation and set-up
  • Access through Park from Church Street – Jarvis Street: Through access via Dog Park from 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Church Street Lane Closures:
    • Closure on Church Street east curb and sidewalk from Anvil Alley to Monteith Avenue
    • Through-way for community members using sidewalk lane barriers
  • Accessibility:
    • Access ramps available on both sides of sidewalk closure
    • Ramp into The 519 accessible at all times during building hours
    • Entrance to Park for those with mobility devices at Church Street and Monteith Street
  • The 519: Open with limited access until 4:30pm

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2022

Event: One World, 5:00pm to 11:59pm

Activity within Barbara Hall Park:

  • Continued installation and deliveries from 9am to 5pm
  • Public event after 5pm

Location Access:

  • AIDS Memorial: Access via The 519 Front Desk from 9:30am to 4pm. For access during other hours, contact the Front Desk
  • Splash Pad:
    • Until 2pm: Regular access for families only via Park entrance to the South of The 519
    • 2:00pm to 4:30pm: Enter Park via exit at Church at Monteith Street
    • 4:30pm onwards: Access continues via Church at Monteith Street (subject to bag and stroller check)
    • Playground equipment will be tied down at 7pm and untied by 9am the following day
  • Off-leash Dog Park:
    • Access via Cawthra Square all day/evening
    • Access via South entrance to Park via Church Street  from 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Monteith Street: Access to residents only
  • Barbara Hall Park: Limited access to accommodate Festival installation and set-up
  • Access through Park from Church Street – Jarvis Street: Through access via Dog Park from 9:00 am to 2:00pm
  • Church Street Lane Closures:
    • Full street closure by Pride Toronto commences at 6am
    • Through-way for community members using sidewalk lane barriers
  • Accessibility:
    • Access ramps available on both sides of sidewalk closure
    • Ramp into The 519 accessible at all times during building hours
    • Entrance to Park for those with mobility devices at Church and Monteith Street
  • The 519: Open with limited access until 4:30pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2022

Event: 
Pride & Remembrance Run – 9am to 12pm
Lipstick Jungle – 1pm to 11:59pm

Activity within Barbara Hall Park:

  • Event set-up
  • Public event begins at 1pm

Location Access:

  • AIDS Memorial: Access via The 519 Front Desk from 9:30am to 5pm. For access during other hours, contact the Front Desk
  • Splash Pad:
    • Access via park entrance to the south of The 519 from 9am to 12pm
    • Regular access for families until 12:30pm via exit on Church at Monteith Street
    • After 12:30pm, access will remain for families only, via exit on Church at Monteith Street (subject to bag and stroller check)
    • Playground equipment will be tied down at 5pm and untied by 9am the following day.
  • Off-leash Dog Park:
    • Access via Cawthra Square all day
    • Access via South entrance to park (off Church Street) from 9am to 12pm
    • South entrance closes at 12pm
  • Monteith Street: Access to residents only
  • Barbara Hall Park: Limited access to accommodate Festival installation and set-up
  • Access through Park from Church Street – Jarvis Street: Through access via Dog Park from 9am to 12pm
  • Church Street Lane Closures:
    • Full street closure by Pride Toronto continues
    • Through-way for community members using sidewalk lane barriers
  • Accessibility:
    • Access ramps available on both sides of sidewalk closure
    • Ramp into The 519 accessible at all times during building hours
    • Entrance to Park for those with mobility devices at Church and Monteith Street
  • The 519: Open with limited access from 9:00am to 7:30pm

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2022

Event: Treehouse Party, 1 to 11:59pm

Activity within Barbara Hall Park:

  • Event set-up from 9:00am to 1:00pm
  • Public event after 1:00pm

Location Access:

  • AIDS Memorial: Access via The 519 Front Desk from 9:30am to 5pm. For access during other hours, contact the Front Desk
  • Splash Pad:
    • Access via park entrance to the south of The 519 from 9am to 12pm
    • Regular access for families until 12:30pm via exit on Church at Monteith Street
    • After 12:30pm, access will remain for families only, via exit on Church at Monteith Street (subject to bag and stroller check)
    • Playground equipment will be tied down at 5pm and untied by 9am the following day.
  • Off-leash Dog Park:
    • Access via Cawthra Square all day
    • Access via South entrance to park (off Church Street) from 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • South entrance closes at 12:00pm
  • Monteith Street: Access to residents only
  • Barbara Hall Park: Limited access to accommodate Festival installation and set-up
  • Access through Park from Church Street – Jarvis Street: Through access via Dog Park from 9:00 am to 12:00pm
  • Church Street Lane Closures:
    • Full street closure by Pride Toronto continues
    • Through-way for community members using sidewalk lane barriers
  • Accessibility:
    • Access ramps available on both sides of sidewalk closure
    • Ramp into The 519 accessible at all times during building hours
    • Entrance to Park for those with mobility devices at Church and Monteith Street
  • The 519: Open with limited access from 9:00am to 7:30pm

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2022

Event: None

Activity within Barbara Hall Park:

  • Festival tear-down and Park clean-up including power-washing

Location Access:

  • AIDS Memorial:
    • Limited access until 5pm as we tear down the Festival and clean up the Park
    • Park re-opens at 5pm
  • Splash Pad: Regular Access
  • Off-leash Dog Park: Regular access
  • Monteith Street: Regular access
  • Barbara Hall Park:
    • Limited access until 5:00pm as we tear down the Festival and clean up the Park, including power-washing
    • Park reopens at 5:00pm
  • Church Street Lane Closures: None, regular access
  • The 519 is closed

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2022

Event: None

Activity within Barbara Hall Park:

  • Continued Park clean-up and power-washing

Location Access:

  • AIDS Memorial: Regular access, all day
  • Splash Pad: Regular access, all day
  • Off-leash Dog Park: Regular access, all day
  • Monteith Street: Regular access, all day
  • Barbara Hall Park: Regular access, all day
  • Church Street Lane Closures: None, regular access
  • The 519: Open for regular operating hours.

The 519 – Key Contacts

General Inquiries and Park Access: 
Front Desk: 416-392-6874
 
Concerns or Feedback:
During the festival: 416-392-6874
Community@The519.org

Thank you for your continued support and care for The 519. We can’t wait to see you at the Festival!

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