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June 15, 2006
“A Legacy of Aviation” banner project takes flight in Downsview
The Downsview community celebrates its connection to the aerospace industry with the installation of decorative banners on hydro poles along major streets in the area.

The banner design highlights the historical name ‘Downsview’ while recognizing the legacy of aviation as depicted by the Beaver aircraft - originally manufactured by deHaviland during the Second World War at the Downsview plant.

The Wilson Avenue Community Association and the Anthony Road Association were integral in the development of the banner program and drove the project from concept to fruition. The banner project complements the revitalization efforts being undertaken by the City of Toronto and is consistent with the Wilson Avenue revitalization and streetscape studies.

“My vision is that the considerable interest and commitment to the area by City Hall, will be captured and expanded by the local business community, and through this partnership, Downsview will be totally revitalized,” said local Councillor Maria Augimeri (Ward 9 York Centre).

To further celebrate the aerospace connection, the Downsview community will host a festival on June 25 from noon to 5 p.m. at the northeast corner of Keele and Wilson. The celebration will include the unveiling of the newly-built Downsview Memorial Parkette MOTH Gardens - an integrated public art-landscape project. The festival is a free event and will include cultural performances, music and children’s games.

Media contacts:

Office of Councillor Maria Augimeri
(Ward 9 York Centre)

Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline



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