"Created with love for all to enjoy." So reads a line on a plaque adorning the shack that houses a community bake oven in Toronto's Christie Pits Park.
According to this column by Catherine Porter in the Toronto Star, locals rediscovered the oven, built 10 years ago, and started doing community pizza nights on Fridays. The oven was operated by a city parks & rec staffer while volunteers brought the ingredients, stretched the dough, and built the pizzas. At the height of the night's popularity, Porter writes, about a hundred people gathered on Friday nights for pizza under the stars.
But the city's shutting it down. For some reason, they've decided it falls under "irregular recreational programming," and are now requiring a $100 permit every Friday and for the pizza fans to pay the parks staffer.
We at Slice understand budget crunches and such, but this is a little sad. You'd think they could all work out some sort of compromise to keep this tradition going. As the columnist points out, having people gathered in the park reduces crime, results in park clean-up, and helps bring people together. [via @AndreaVella]