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October 13, 2006
Youth beautifying Toronto’s neighbourhoods
  
Approximately 75 youth will take the lead when they are joined by more than 100 community members and representatives from the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation to plant daffodil bulbs in the Kingston/Galloway, Jane/Finch and Jamestown neighbourhoods as part of the Beautifying Urban Landscapes with Bulbs (BULBS) program.

Planting events will take place at the following times and locations:

Eastview Park, 33 Coronation Dr.
Saturday, October 14 at 10:30 a.m.

Driftwood Community Centre, 4401 Jane St.
Tuesday, October 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Masseygrove Park and Elmbank Community Centre, 10 Rampart Rd.
Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m.

BULBS, a joint initiative between Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, is a program that seeks to beautify public parks and other publicly accessible green spaces through establishing permanent plantings of spring flowering bulbs. It encompasses a youth engagement component that works with community youth leadership programs and places youth in an active role in planning and leading these planting events. Participating youth leadership programs will receive a grant from Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation to apply towards other initiatives. For example, the Driftwood Youth Council is creating a scholarship fund to assist youth entering college and university.

Reinforcing research findings, the BULBS program will help build safer communities through greening and beautification, and by providing a forum for communities to work together.

BULBS is supported by 45 corporate sponsors. Through their generosity, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation can also continue to provide community grants for environmental, gardening, recreational and cultural activities in Toronto parks. In the past four years, 87 grants have been provided to community groups.

For more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/cleanandbeautiful/bulbs.htm.

Media contact:
Arthur Beauregard, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, 416-771-2051


 

 

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