Dear DECA Diaries followers,

Our blog has found a new home on our DECA website. You’ll find all the posts, old and new at:


We are still working to tweak the blog display, so if you spot something funny, please bear with us through the implementation. We’re pulling everything into one new home… the Arts Fair, DECAdiaries Blog and our website. So you’ll be able to find what you need in one place.

If you haven’t signed up for the blog, you can do that from the new page and have each new blog post delivered your mailbox.

See ya at deca.to/blog/.


Join DECA at 10am TOMORROW (Sunday) at Coxwell & Danforth!

Join us, as part of Clean Toronto Together, to help clean up a tiny part of our #DanforthEast neighbourhood!

Meet at the North East corner of Danforth and Coxwell at 10am. We will walk East to Woodbine picking up garbage and recycling along the way.

When we’re done, join us for a coffee and sweet treat at Zav’s Coffee Shop!

If you have gloves, garbage and recycling bags please bring them along!

Questions? Email: info@deca.to

See you there!

PS: here’s the Facebook invite

Thanks to Audrey Kvedaras of DECA’s Visioning Committee for writing this fabulous update.

DECA and the community look forward to seeing the final iteration of the Danforth Garage (or Danforth Barns as many say) Master Plan and the delineation of its phases, as it heads to Council this spring. This Master Plan will confirm the locations of new buildings for the three initial tenants, the TTC, the TPS Divisions 54 & 55 and the Toronto Public Library Coxwell Branch and conceptually describe access through the site, locations of public spaces and sites for additional new buildings whose uses are yet to be determined (employment or residential).

During the last public meeting, the possibility of interim uses for the Barns prior to their development was proposed. DECA welcomes animation of the site with a variety of uses including revenue-generating events drawn to the impressive space of the Barns, while the community waits for phase two of the development to be underway. To implement possible interim uses we anticipate a discussion of allocation of funds and of oversight to be part of this submission to Council.

DECA looks forward to participating in the next phase of this project to create a material vision for the site, especially the heritage Barns. The opportunity exists to remedy the significant cultural and community space deficiencies that exist in our neighbourhood.

The Danforth Garage Master Planning Study provided community engagement through the guidance of a team of knowledgeable and professional City staff and private-sector consultants. We look forward to seeing, under the continued leadership of CreateTO, a vision for the site that manifests a unity, vitality and urban sensibility appropriate to this large site in the City of Toronto and is consistent with the images put forth as examples in the study.

Below are two images from the final public presentation for the Danforth Garage Master Planning Study and the link to both the presentation and meeting information:



Where: Sarah’s Cafe and Bar, 1426 Danforth Ave, in the back room

When: Wednesday March 20, 7PM

Why come out to a DECA meeting?

It’s an opportunity to meet the current Board and learn more about DECA. It’s also an opportunity to share your ideas… and watch them grow!

12 years ago when DECA started our neighbourhood had many boarded-up storefronts. East Lynn Park wasn’t a family destination… there simply weren’t a lot of family-friendly destinations in the neighbourhood. You had to walk a long way to find a good cup of coffee and, to many, a sense of community was missing.

Flash forward to present day. The DECA Pop Up Shop initiative helped rejuvenate the abandoned storefronts and made #DanforthEast somewhere people wanted to open small businesses. The DECA East Lynn Farmers’ Market ushered in the revitalization of East Lynn Park, the beating heart of our neighbourhood. We have the best arts fair and the largest community yard sale in the city. We’ve helped sponsor Syrian refugees and raised money for scholarships.

But our neighbourhood is not perfect… and neither is DECA. There are still many opportunities to be explored and partnerships to be made! And there is more work to be done to help our neighbourhood be more inclusive so that everyone feels valued.

And that takes work!
Little steps. Big leaps. It all makes a difference!

Hope to see you there.

As a special call out, please let us know if you may be interested in blogging with us and come out to meet with us if you can. We’d love to chat. Otherwise email volunteer@deca.to (Apologies for anyone who has not received a reply – our email was having issues, but now is working!)

Skating parties!

Hello blog readers,

Sorry we’ve been so delinquent with blogging lately. Hope you’ve been keeping updated via our other social media. If you are interested in helping out with DECA Diaries, please email us to get more info!

Wanted to share that there are two skating events this weekend.

The first is with Councillor Bradford today (Feb 17) from 11-1 at Ted Reeve.

The other is tomorrow (Feb 18) with MP Erskine-Smith from 1-3pm with popcorn, coffee and hot chocolate, also at Ted Reeve Arena.

Councillor Brad’s fb event: https://www.facebook.com/events/344586006154397/?ti=ia

MP Nate’s fb event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1004169743106761/?ti=ia

Happy Family Day!

Have your say: City Budget

East York consultation next Tuesday, Feb 7

Do you have ideas or comments about the City of Toronto’s budget? Councillors Bradford and Fletcher want to hear from you!

Come to East York Civic Centre next Tuesday between 7:00-9:00pm to have your say.

Happy New Year! We have an update from the newly elected DECA Board coming soon but didn’t want you to miss the fun this weekend!

Join the Friends of Monarch Park this Sunday from 3-5pm for skating and hot chocolate.


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