From Caterpillar …

The following is the tale of the transformation of our beloved old picnic shelter into the beautiful new Children’s Teaching Kitchen.

Once upon a time Picnic Shelter #16land was a lonely little spot.  Not many ventured this far south in the High Park Kingdom. Other than a place to leave a car … no one paid any real attention to #16land  😦

One day the royal City Staff came up with an idea. An idea to bring the people back to Picnic Shelter #16land in this southern part of the realm … the royal decree was to build a Children’s Garden.  This organic education garden would be open to all, a place where all were welcome.

Designs were created, plans were drawn, spray paint was sprayed, holes were dug and beds were built …

After much toil (and maybe a little trouble) a beautiful garden took shape …

As the years passed the garden grew …

Picnic Shelter #16land felt renewed with a greater sense of purpose and lots of fun new friends that visited every year.  One of the favourite activities of Picnic Shelter #16land’s new friends was cooking with fresh produce from the Children’s Garden …

Unfortunately most times this cooking had to be done in a far, far away Kingdom (also known as Parkdale) and brought back to Picnic Shelter #16land.  This often meant the royal participants were unable to pick ingredients for their wonderful dishes straight from the Children’s Garden in #16land.  They were unable to see the whole cycle of growing food from seed, cooking it with care and eating the yummy meals that were the wonderful end result.

They were well fed mind you 😉

People came from far and wide traversing many Kingdoms to line up for kilometers (ok … maybe not kilometers but at least to the other end of the picnic shelter) across Picnic Shelter #16land just to sample the wondrous fair made from the bounty of the Children’s Garden …

However, after all that yummy food was eaten the menace to Picnic Shelter #16land would rear its dirty head … Dishes … Dun dun dun!

Many were recruited from across Picnic Shelter #16land to help face this insurmountable foe … no one was safe from the dirty dishes … everyone had to learn how to defend Picnic Shelter #16land from this messy menace …

Many Picnic Shelter #16landians were willing to put their dish pan hands on the line and help …

Once the dishes were conquered flags were flown across Picnic Shelter #16land.

After 13 seasons of service to park and people, Picnic Shelter #16land felt it was time to change … to complete its metamorphosis.  To go from simple caterpillar to beautiful butterfly.

It’s time to take the next step from park picnic shelter to Parks Facility.  It’s time to go from larva …

To pupa …

In order to help better serve all those that visit the High Park Kingdom.

Stay tuned for the ongoing saga of Picnic Shelter #16 as it continues it’s journey into becoming the Children’s Teaching Kitchen …

Hoarding In Kitchenland …

10 thoughts on “From Caterpillar …

  1. My kids ages 12 and 15 are very interested in getting involved in the children’s garden and cooking programs. My son currently works p/t this summer for Toronto Parks and Rec as a wading pool attendant – are there jobs available for children’s garden/cooking programs that he can apply for in the future?

  2. […] The Royal Court, and many loyal citizens, know just how steep the hills and ravines can be in this lovely Kingdom. So picture if you will our heroine, Mama Snapping Turtle on a quest … a quest to find the perfect spot to lay her dozens of tiny turtle eggs. This spot must be sunny, warm and sandy. Fortunately the High Park Kingdom is build upon nothing but sand, sand and more sand! […]

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