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June 22, 2006
Downsview celebrates MOTH Gardens with photography contest
To commemorate the renewal of the Downsview Memorial Parkette MOTH Gardens, the Downsview Festival Committee is holding a photography contest.

The Committee is asking local students to participate in the contest by photographing the Downsview Memorial Parkette MOTH Gardens (northeast corner of Keele St. and Wilson Ave.). The submissions may be a panoramic view of the Parkette or detail specific. Participants must be 18 years or younger, attend a school in the Downsview area, and submit printed photos (no larger than 5 x 7 inches) by mail to: 100 Queen St W, Suite C53, City Hall, Councillors’ Offices, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 no later than August 4.

The winner of the contest will receive a $250 gift certificate from Best Buy. For more information about the photo contest and rules, call 416-392-7024.

In 2003, Toronto City Councillor Maria Augimeri embarked on a campaign to revitalize the parkette and beautify the neighbourhood quadrant. With co-operation from private sector partners, major revitalization and improvements were made to the surrounding area. In 2005, MOTH Gardens was selected through a design competition as the winning parkette concept by a community-based Art Selection Committee composed of art professionals and community members. The revitalization of the Parkette is a joint venture between City of Toronto Culture and Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

The official opening of the parkette will take place on Sunday, June 25 at 2 p.m. as part of the festival from noon until 5 p.m. at the northeast corner of Keele and Wilson. The festival is a free event, which includes 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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