How park-goers are taking advantage of Toronto’s early spring

How park-goers are taking advantage of Toronto’s early spring

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On Saturday, Toronto’s temperature cracked the 17-degree mark, setting a record high for the day. For some, it was a harbinger of planet-destroying climate change; for others, it was a cue to dust off their frisbees and tennis rackets a month or two ahead of schedule. We paid a visit to Trinity Bellwoods Park, always ground zero for warm-weather keeners, to ask people how they’re taking advantage of winter’s early departure.

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Josh Weisfeld, 22, business consultant
“Last weekend I went skiing, and this weekend there’s no snow at all. So it’s a nice shift.”

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Paul Heakes, 34, actuary
“I play tennis about once a week as soon as the weather gets nice.”

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Sandeep Kembhavi, 32, sports management
“I brought a few more layers, because I thought I might need them. But it’s perfect shorts and t-shirt weather, and once we get moving it will be even better.”

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Julian Karst, 38, software developer
“I walked from Parkdale to my office downtown and back. It’s about a 40-minute walk each way, and it was only about four or five degrees at the time. My nose was running pretty seriously by the end.”

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Laurissa Barnes-Roberts, 30, graphic designer
“I went for my first run on the boardwalk last week. The temperature was in the teens, so I wore my summer running gear—capris and a tank. I was just so excited that it was finally dry enough for me to do that.”

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James Dowrick, 36, contractor—with P.J. (child) and Archie (dog)
“Today is the first day I haven’t needed a jacket. It’s a little chilly right now, but it looks like it’s going to be a pretty spectacular day later on.”

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Yvonne Diep, 25, pastry chef at Nadège Patisserie
“Hanging out in the park has been the most spring-like thing I’ve done so far. We’re allowed to come here on our breaks.”

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Myron Jones, 66, retired
“I started cleaning out the backyard and setting up the outdoor furniture. It’s what I do every spring as soon as the weather gets nice—that and take the snow tires off the car. If it does snow again, I’ve decided that I just won’t drive.”

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Michael Nye, 29, insurance broker
“I’m torturing myself with a juice cleanse this weekend, so I can’t even go sit on a patio and have a beer. But the juice isn’t all that bad.”

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Amanda D’Ascenzo, 27, project manager
“I’ve started to do some spring cleaning. It’s all about downsizing the clutter now.”

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Ashley Triance-Haldane, 34, administrator
“I’ll walk to work if the weather is nice enough. It’s about a 35-minute walk, so I always have a pretty good sweat going on by the time I get there.”

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Felix Beaudry, 24, PhD student
“Today is the first day I’ve taken my shoes off outside. I just had a big test yesterday, so today I’m taking the day off and letting my feet out. I was hoping it would be a little bit warmer. But it’s worth it.”

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Keillor Macleod, 23, industrial design student at OCAD
“The most spring-like thing I’ve done so far is biking down here, grabbing a coffee and meeting friends. I’ll probably have patio beers later. I have to.”

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Jennifer Dam, 25, project accountant
“Riding my bike along the lakeshore. It’s really nice when it’s sunny. I’ve done that three times this year.”