The Friends of Sam Smith Park steering committee meets every month, either in person or via ZOOM.  Meeting summaries are posted here.  Summaries for the time period November 2013 up to June 2021 can be found on the previous FOSS blog's home page by clicking below.

Summary: FOSS Steering Committee Meeting                                         

October 25, 2021

7:01 PM, Via Zoom Video Conferencing


PUMPKIN PARADE: FOSS’s second annual Pumpkin Parade is scheduled for November 1. Bring your carved pumpkin and candle to the  drop off point located at the traffic circle by the south parking lot between 5:30 and 6:30PM. Lighting will be between 6:30-7:30PM. Pumpkins will be composted after the event.

FOSS WEBSITE: The e-transfer feature of the Membership section on the FOSS website has been streamlined and is working well. The security question has been eliminated.

COL. SAM SMITH PARK TREE PLANTING (UPDATE): The city has now erected protective fencing around the recent planting that is located along the eastern side of the Large Bowl.

Park users are asked to notify FOSS if they observe any interference/destruction at this site.

GREBE PLATFORMS: FOSS’s four grebe platforms have been retrieved from the marina and are now being stored at the yacht club. When dry, they will be cleaned of zebra mussel accumulation and any necessary repairs will be made. Thanks to both Brian and Matthew Keaveney as well as to the yacht club for the use of their facilities.

Visitors are asked to notify the police at 416 808-2200 for drug/fireworks infractions and 311 for trash build-up. Any problems reported to 311 are greatly strengthened when accompanied with a photo.




PRESENT:  Brian Keaveney, Barbara Keaveney, Nancy Barrett, Liana Franciosi, Terry Smith, Monique Fischer, Irene Cholewka and Sandra Hawkins.

ABSENT: Marc Lichtenberg

JUNE 28TH MINUTES: Acceptance moved by Brian. Seconded by Monique. All in favour. Carried.

VIEWING PLATFORM (Irene): Last spring, Barn Swallows that nested under the viewing stand were disturbed by children who managed to stray underneath the platform. Irene personally witnessed three boys who had done so. One proudly showed his mother a photo he had taken with his cell ‘phone of a newly hatched bird. Irene suggested that some sort of skirting (that would still allow access for the birds) be erected to prevent future intrusion by humans. The present situation is both a safety issue for children and a danger for the birds. Brian will contact Janette Harvey (cc Jorge Ture) and inform them of the problem.

WEBSITE (Monique): Monique voiced concern that the appearance of the website seems to vary according to what particular browser/computer is being used. A subcommittee (Terry and Nancy) will consult with Kathy Fischer (Monique’s daughter) who has volunteered her help. Monique will provide the committee with Kathy’s email address.

PAYMENT FOR WEBSITE (Brian): Website fees are paid in full for the next two years. Brian’s credit card was used to make the initial payment for which he will be reimbursed by FOSS. In future, Brian would prefer that the Treasurer make this payment. Terry suggested that there be a FOSS credit card. The Treasurer (Monique) requested that the FOSS account be transferred from the Bank of Montreal to her local TD bank. She will make inquiries about the transfer process and notify Brian when his input is required.


  • Irene, Monique and Sandra will represent FOSS. Table setup will begin at 11:30AM

  • A tent and table have been ordered and confirmed

  • Brian and Barbara will organize items for the FOSS table

  • Theme: Tree Swallows. 50 Tree Swallow buttons and 50 hats are available for giveaway

  • A Tree Swallow poster, photos and nesting box will be displayed

  • FOSS brochures (complete with orange stickers that indicate the change in the cost of membership), the FOSS banner and information about the winter bird feeder project and the Red-necked Grebe nesting platforms will also be available

COL. SAM SMITH PARK TREE PLANTING (September 25): Barbara, Nancy, Monique, and Sandra joined a group of enthusiastic volunteers working under the auspices of Green Toronto to successfully plant a variety of shrubs (including witch hazel, ninebark and dogwood) along the eastern side of the Large Bowl. The exercise aims to provide greatly needed food and natural cover for migrating birds. Janette Harvey requested feedback should anyone observe evidence of destruction at this site.

NEXT MEETING: Monday, October 25, 7:00PM. Via Zoom Conferencing. Meeting adjourned at 7:41 PM. Moved by Brian. Seconded by Monique. All in favour. Carried.

Sandra Hawkins, Secretary