Neighbourhood News: Blue Flag Beach Bonanza, local theatre highlights & the Pacific Junction Hotel

Neighbourhood News is your regular collection of, well, news from the neighbourhood.

Underpass Park at night
REFLECTING PROGRESS: A shot of the recently-opened Underpass Park on Lower River Street. Photo by Cindy Wilkey.


Believe it or not: many of the Lake Ontario beaches in Toronto are perfectly swimmable, with blue flag certification. Celebrate this fact with the Blue Flag Beach Bonanza at Ward’s Island beach on Wednesday, July 25. The event promises sand castle building, beach volleyball and free yoga on the beach. Councillor Pam McConnell has posted some details.

Speaking of our local councillor, she’s also posted some highlights from the July council meeting, which includes more information on the exciting First Parliament site motion we mentioned last week.

Lots of theatrical stuff happening via Soulpepper in the Distillery. This week, check out productions of The Royal Comedians starting July 24, and The Crucible opening July 25.

On the weekend, head to Acadia Bookstore at 232 Queen Street East for an art exhibition titled, really, Fat Chicks Corner. The show runs until August 10.

In development news, Urban Toronto looks at the rapid construction of River City. Lots of good background information on the design of the project and the materials being used.

And, finally, those looking for a close-by place for summer drinks may want to check out the just-opened Pacific Junction Hotel, located next to Betty’s at 234 King Street East. They describe themselves as a “place where you can kick back after a long day at work, or on a saturday afternoon” and “a place where no one cares if you’re wearing flip flops, or a suit.” Sounds perfect.

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