On August 9th, the unthinkable happened; a community member was shot on the sports court at the East Scarborough Storefront.
In 2014, the sports court transformed this community. It was designed by youth for their
community, and the community responded. The Storefront sports court and the iconic sky-o-swale, has become the place where community, and especially young people gather. Every day, there are people playing basket ball or soccer, using the sky-o-swale as a stage or simply hanging out and listening to music; doing the things that build community.
When we opened this community gathering space, a local resident spoke to a Storefront staff and said “thank you for creating this space; for saving my child”
Last night’s incident was tragic; our thoughts are with the victim and his family. But this incidentis not in any way indicative of the kind of community this is. This East Scarborough community will rally. This is a community where residents support each other, where they organize around the good things that happen as well as the bad; where they have the support they need to get through bad times. The the Kingston Galloway/Orton Park community is defined by the hundreds of positive and supportive interactions that happen here every day, not by the rare instances of violence.
As it has done for the past 19 years, The Storefront is committed to helping residents organize, regroup and reclaim their community.