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April 17, 2003
North Toronto Memorial Community Centre Celebrates its 10th anniversary
  
Parks and Recreation - On Saturday, May 10, 2003 the North Toronto Memorial
Community Centre will celebrate its 10th anniversary by hosting a community
special event and its annual general meeting. The North Toronto Memorial
Community Centre Advisory Council and staff extend a warm welcome to members of
the public to attend. The festivities get underway at 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The planning for North Toronto Memorial Community Centre began in September
1984. The Centre represents many years of volunteer dedication to a community
planning process that involved an unprecedented amount of community
participation. The City of Toronto, community groups, local residents, area
politicians and project consultants worked closely together to develop the
design, program and use of the facility. The involvement, outreach and response
from the community has continued through the North Toronto Memorial Community
Centre Advisory Council, which represents the diverse interests of the North
Toronto residents and through partnerships with neighbouring agencies,
organization, clubs and groups.

The vision of those tireless volunteers and planners has been realized in a
beautiful facility that creates a sense of wellness. A regular recently said,
"There is no better feeling than to be swimming in the indoor pool with snow
falling outside the windows." Running or walking on the track while it rains is
also an experience many of the centre's regulars have enjoyed. The indoor
playground is typically jammed with children, playing inside and enjoying the
sunshine through the windows.

The facility has become a home away from home for many groups, including People
and Organizations In North Toronto (P.O.I.N.T.), On the Move, North Toronto
Masters, and the partners of the Congregate Dining program. The pool became the
first in North America to be equipped with Poseidon Technology, an underwater
detection system. The centre's fitness shoe tags became the model for the
amalgamated City's Type C fitness membership.

North Toronto Memorial Community Centre is located at 200 Eglinton Ave. W.,
west of Yonge Street. For more information call 416-392-7667.


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