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Nobby's Fearless Prediction of Cherry Blossoms at High Park #1, March 22, 2017 , posted by Nobby , nobbycosmic@yahoo.co.jp

I am again calculating the cumulative temperature figures for predicting the blooming of the cherry trees in the High Park.

Based on the calculated figures at this point, plus using the 14-day forecast and the average daily temperatures of the past 10 years, they are pointing the blooming around the weekend of April 22/23, with the full bloom around the weekend of May 1/2. It is till 6 weeks away and there are uncertain factors exist. Please keep watching the posting in the Toronto Nikkei Forum below:
Once the prediction range is within the 14-day forecast, that prediction is the final.

Past blooming records:

May 2, 2007 (Within the prediction)
April 26, 2008 (Within the prediction)
April 27, 2009 (2 days later than the prediction range)
April 12, 2010 (Within the prediction)
May 4, 2011 (1 day later than the predicted range)
April 5, 2012 (3 days later than the predicted range)
April 30, 2013 (Within the prediction)
May 9, 2014 (1 day later than the predicted range)
May 2, 2015 (1 day earlier than the predicted range)
2016 (No blooming due to unstable weather)

* The definition of the blooming is that at least 5 to 6 flowers on at least two trees each among the three pre-chosen trees bloom.
* Full bloom means the condition where 90% of the flowers are in full bloom.

Note: I am not an expert on the blooming nor the cherry blossoms. I am calculating the figures with very basic pieces of information. I do not take any responsibilities if the prediction was off.

Dog on leash areas, March 22, 2017 , posted by Rachel Merran , ramerran@gmail.com

I am becoming increasingly upset by inconsiderate dog owners who allow their dogs off leash in on leash areas. Today 2 dogs ran up to me and barked while I was walking up through the onleash nature trail which leads from the dig off leash area to the corner of keele and Bloor streets. I love high park I love the nature trails but it is getting worse and worse! The small signs posted are not enough. Today I counted 12 dogs running through the natural areas adjacent to the on leash trails . Our park will eventually be all fenced off (and some dogs just jump the fences - I have seen owners encouraging them!) or our parks will become ruined by inconsiderate and disrespectful people.
Is there nothing that can be done??? Thank you

Buds yet?, March 19, 2017 , posted by Kat , katkas553@gmail.com

Has anyone seen if the tress are budding?? Hopefully the warmer temps forecasted this week will help...

I saw buds?, March 18, 2017

Am I going crazy or are those swollen bits at the end of branches in fact buds of soon to be flowers? I hope so...I miss going to High Park, it's been too cold and I'm getting cabin fever and want to visit this year first before the end of March.

Bear Mound, March 9, 2017 , posted by Danielle La Valle , danielle-lavalle@live.ca

Good morning,
I am looking for more information regarding Bear Mound and the 1921 pit burials found near Grenadier Pond. Also if you have any other information regarding First Nations use of High Park that would be great.

Kind regards,

Soil, March 3, 2017 , posted by heather watts , heatherbeewatts@gmail.com

I am a student at George Brown in a placement at St. Joseph's Health Centre wondering if I may please have some finished compost for a veggie growing project facilitating mental health breaks for long term care recipients.
Thank you!

Lesya Ukrainka monument, February 25, 2017 , posted by Igor Sanin , igsanin@netscape.net

We are a family of the Ukrainian heritage. While spring is speedy approaching we can see that landscaping is being started in the park. We would like to clean an area closely around a monument of Lesya Ukrainka at our own. Is any permission required to enter behind the fence or any agreement is to be achieved with a relevant supervising body, please?
Thank you.
Igor Sanin

The Jamie Bell Adventure Park, February 24, 2017 , posted by Angela Chen , lindachenandrewsfarm@hotmail.com

Hi, this is Angela from Andrews Scenic Acres farm. We admire your Jamir Bell adventure playground. We r really interested in getting contact with the design company since our farm need to build one as well. Please reach me at phone number:905-966-3211 if you may. Thank you so much and appreciate that!

Info , February 23, 2017 , posted by Desiree Jordan , Jordanmariedesi@hotmail.com

Hello, my name is Desiree Jordan I am representing Big Brother Big Sister Guelph and was wondering if you had an email for general info/inquiries thank you, have a wonderful day!

Lost Sunglasses, February 22, 2017 , posted by Bilge Ozturk , trottata@gmail.com

Good day,
I have lost my black RayBan sunglasses this afternoon Feb 22nd, between 4:15-5:15pm either in the zoo or the playground. I have followed my footsteps to find it but couldn't. Could you please kindly advise if someone returns them. Thank you very much in advance.
Best Regards,
Bilge Ozturk

Dog park fence, February 22, 2017 , posted by Laurie Hay , Laurie.hay@sympatico.ca

My dog jumped through a hole in the fence by the corner near the Dream Theatre. This part of the fence is older and has larger openings. It would be great if this can be straightened and tightened up so my dog can't get out. My dog is 70lbs so he is not a small dog! Thank you

co-op placement, February 21, 2017 , posted by jemaya balkarran , balkarranjemaya@gmail.com

hello, i'm a currently a grade 12 student attending bramalea secondary school and i would love to have my co-op placement at your zoo, i've been to the zoo and think it's beautiful but most of all i love the animal range, i've always wanted to learn and worked with such a wide variety of animals, if a manager or supervisor could give me a call @ 6474609333 that would be great, thank you so much & have a nice day.

Bike lanes and cars, February 20, 2017 , posted by Carolan , Carolan.m.mackay@gmail.com

Beautiful high park - to be shared by all - safely!
Can something be done about the chaos around the cycling lanes and the off leash dog area and the entrance to the grenadier cafe?
Loose dogs, cars parked in the cycling lane, cars speeding up to grab a parking spot coming free, cars colliding with cyclists and joggers, dog walkers with too many dogs, cars pulling into the cycling lane to drop people off. I shudder at every near accident I witness or experience.
Time for a redesign of this area!!!! More parking or drop off options for elderly or disabled people? Remove parking from this bottlenecked area completely?
The park is getting busier ... can we re examine how to keep its happy users safe?

potential summer event, February 2, 2017 , posted by Matthew Dales , mattdales99@gmail.com

Good Afternoon,

I am interested in better understanding what spaces may be used for a potential summer event i would like to plan, The Rose Picnic. We would feature high end rose wines and first class food in beautiful summer picnic arrangement.

i can be reached at 6473385915 Thank you very much

Matthew Dales

Designated area for picnic, January 30, 2017 , posted by Asad , asadikhan@gmail.com

Hi, I am trying to book area 23 for a picnic/birthday party. I am being told by the booking line that they cannot guarantee seating/benches, but they didn't seem sure on it. Can you confirm that if I book the area, that is designated for up to 50 people, I will have seating/benches in that designated area for me upon arrival?

Playground, January 13, 2017 , posted by Conan Tobias , ctobias@stjosephmedia.com

Hello. I'm writing from Where Magazine, the hotel tourism guide. We're mentioning the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground in a feature of family activities in the city, and I was wondering if you had any high resolution photos we might be able to use. Thanks for the help.

Dog Walkers, January 11, 2017 , posted by Anne Smythe , anneismythe@gmail.com

I would just like to make a comment about the excessive number of dogs being walked by dog walkers in the off leash area. The number is often at least 7 by an individual walker, yesterday there were 14 with 2 walkers and there was no control at all. When I commented the response was that I was right, they did have too many dogs - and that was the end of it.

coyotes, January 7, 2017 , posted by John , johnjenglish@rogers.com

reference to the coyotes in High Park. I have been running in the park for twenty years and I have not seen the two of them for a year or so. Most of the time when I came across them they would take off. A couple of times they stopped and we had a staring contest. Are they still around I sort of miss them.

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