About Allan Gardens
Allan Gardens is a large park located between Carlton Street and Gerrard Street, and Sherbourne Street and Jarvis Street. The park has an off-leash dog area, a conservatory, flower gardens, and a children’s play area. There are paved pathways and lots of grassy areas with some trees for shade.
Allan Gardens is also home to some amazing murals. Click here for a sneak peak and more information!
The Accessibility Team at Pride Toronto has provided a tent for Accessibility. Here you will find water, chairs, and shade. If you have any accessibility needs that aren’t being met, ask here!
ASL-English interpreters will be present at the Rally. They will be stationed on the stage as an effort to make them visible from all places in the park. There will also be space in front of the stage for folks who need to be close. An ASL interpreter will also be marching in the Dyke March alongside ORAD.
Active Listeners + Active Listening Tent
The Dyke March team is preparing an Active Listening Tent for folks who may need to debrief after a triggering or otherwise negative incident in the March or during the Rally.
Our Active Listeners have been trained in active listening. The Dyke March team hosted and participated in an Active Listening training session facilitated by the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Support Line at York University (SASSL). If you don’t want to talk but feel triggered, you may still use the tent as a quiet place to relax and ground yourself.
There will be allies present to distribute pamphlets on how to be a good ally. These tips came from a survey completed by you! The pamphlets will also include information on why we march, what a dyke is, and different forms of oppression. If you are experiencing harassment or feel unsafe, please let our volunteers, allies, or active listeners know. We are here to support you!
Despite our efforts, there will not be portable washrooms at Allan Gardens. The closest portable washrooms are located at the intersection of Church and Mutual Streets.
Evaluation forms will be available at the Information Table and circulating with our volunteers. Please use these to tell us about your experience and how we can improve for World Pride 2014! Folks who complete an evaluation form will be entered to win a very special prize. Ask our volunteers for details! (Don’t worry – your feedback will still be kept anonymous.)
Dyke March volunteers will be stationed here to answer your questions and supply you with water, safer sex supplies and information, information about the Dyke March, and to recruit new volunteers and gather your feedback!
Please contact us with further questions. See you at the Rally!
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