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Most people are thrilled to discover a bake oven in a city park -- perhaps glowing with a well-stoked fire, perhaps loaded with fragrant bread. They find the fire beautiful, the food delicious, and the chance to meet their neighbours a treat. However, as the documents linked below indicate, people who want to use existing ovens, and people who wish to build permanent or temporary ovens, have faced an increasing number of regulatory obstacles.
The city's draft bake oven policy: Draft policy
Email correspondence regarding bake oven policy and oven issues (April, 2010):
An excerpt from the March 2010 Dufferin Park newsletter on bake ovens and policy: CITY POLICIES AND COMMUNITY BAKE-OVENS
Toronto Star articles about bake oven policy:
Sept 25, 2008 Christie: City's not fired up about ovens in parks
Feb 25, 2010 Porter: City crackdown hits park pizza nights
May 31, 2010 Porter: Changing Lawrence Heights with a pizza oven
An overview of regulations pertaining to food in public space:
See the "Correspondence" link above for some details about Riverdale Park, Alexandra Park and the proposed Stonegate oven in Bell Manor Park.
A letter outlining the issues with the Alexandra Park oven: Alexandra Park Oven Letter
A chronological record of email correspondence related to the Stonegate Community Health Centre's proposal to build a bake oven in Bell Manor Park:
An email exchange: Parks and Rec and their NO's
For more information, try searching the regulatory research database.