Friday, May 29, 2015

City of Toronto to proclaim June as Recreation and Parks Month and congratulate winners of Snap & Share photo contest

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:

Media Advisory:  May 29, 2015
City of Toronto to proclaim June as Recreation and Parks Month and congratulate winners of Snap & Share photo contest

Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Vice-Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee, and City staff will join community members to launch the celebration of June as Recreation and Parks Month in Toronto. They will also celebrate the winning photographers and their work in the Snap & Share Your Parks, Forestry and Recreation Moments Photo Contest presented by Nikon Canada.

Date: Monday, June 1
Time: 5 to 7 p.m., remarks at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Members Lounge, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Toronto's Recreation and Parks Month was created to draw public attention to the important benefits and values of parks, recreation and forestry to individuals, families, neighbourhoods and communities.

The City operates a wide variety of programs and facilities, including playgrounds, pools, ice surfaces, fitness centres, tennis courts, sports fields, five full-service golf courses, hectares of parkland, and 135 community recreation centres. Parks and trails are important resources for individual and community health. They provide affordable, enjoyable places to be active or, for example, to sit and read a book.

The City's recreation programs and parks provide children, youth, adults, seniors and people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in physical activity that has immediate and long-term benefits.

A photography show called Best of 2014: Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Snap & Share Photo Exhibit will be on display during business hours at the following four locations during June:
• June 2 to 5 at North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
• June 8 to 12 at Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
• June 15 to 21 at Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall 
• June 22 to 26 at Toronto City Hall (rotunda), 100 Queen St. W.

More information is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726,

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