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June 6, 2006
June is Recreation and Parks Month
Mayor David Miller proclaims June to be Recreation and Parks Month and he invites all Torontonians to “Live Recreation Every Day in Every Way.”

Mayor Miller’s proclamation was read by Brenda Librecz, General Manager, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation at a media event today on the southeast corner of Queen’s Park and Wellesley Street. Ms. Librecz also detailed some of the recreational opportunities that are available in Toronto during the month of June. These opportunities include:

  • Aquatics: 41 outdoor pools (opening later this month), 111 wading pools, and 64 splash pads including the Rouge Community Park splash pad that was officially opened for the first time on June 1

  • Camp programs: Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation operates swimming camps, computer camps, sports camps, eco camps, activity camps, pre-school camps, creative art camps, music camps, cultural camps and many more different kinds of camps. There are literally hundreds of camps across the city.

  • Five municipal golf courses that are reasonably priced and accessible by TTC

  • The Toronto Island Park: offers countless activities including fishing, hiking, biking, an amusement park, and is home to the new Franklin Children’s Garden

  • A new Discovery Walk at the Humber Arboretum that is being launched on June 24

  • Endless opportunities to engage in healthy activities in playgrounds, parks and trails throughout the city at little or no cost. Check for more information.

Ms. Librecz was joined at the event by Frank Prospero, President Elect of Parks and Recreation Ontario and the Executive Director of Get Active Now; John Milton, Executive Director, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association; and Bruce Hay, President, Ontario Parks Association - all of whom encouraged residents to “Live Recreation Everyday and in Every Way” and have an active and a safe summer.

To further promote the fact that June is Recreation and Parks Month, City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff carried a 26-foot North Canoe down University Avenue. The North Canoe was chosen for the event because it is a symbol of Canada and of safe summer recreation. Toronto’s Inner City Outtripping Centre uses it in their youth programs, which encourage healthy life-long wellness in a positive environment.

To read the Mayor's proclamations please visit

Media contact:

Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline



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