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My Park 

High Park Story & Art Project


Sarah Nemeth is a local artist and long time enjoyer of Toronto's High Park. Sarah is creating a series of paintings inspired by our stories and experiences within High Park. The paintings and stories will together create a beautiful archive about who we are and how High Park has touched our lives.

You can learn more about this project and contribute your story at www.highparkproject.com or email Sarah.


January 2017

Painting by Sarah Nemeth

"This past summer I was sitting on the logs in OURSpace (the fenced field behind the High Park Forest School that now houses the Nature Centre) with some children during lunch. There were approximately 50 people in the field all engaged in activities. Then all of sudden we noticed a squirrel running through the field with something in her mouth. At first we thought it might have been a sock or some kind of food she was carrying. Once we spotted the squirrel she quickly ran up the tree and was gone. We all went back to our activities when we saw the squirrel again with something similar in her mouth. Two leaders and 10 children all stopped their activities and watched the squirrel, who, we quickly realized was moving her babies from one squirrel drey to another. She did this 3 more times for a total of 5 times. I found it so interesting that she felt comfortable enough to move her babies in front of us. Later that week the oak tree that held her original nest was trimmed. It was almost like she knew this was going to happen and moved her babies beforehand."

Story by Chantale Spencer

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