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June 12, 2011
City opens Sarah and Morris Feldman Sensory Garden and Accessible Water Playground in Earl Bales Park
Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), David Green, son of Ms. Goldie Feldman, who generously donated funds to create the park, and eight year old Jayson Amike, an avid community playground aficionado, joined members of the community and City of Toronto staff to officially open the sensory garden and accessible water playground in Earl Bales Park.

"This water playground is a great asset for Ward 10 and a greatly appreciated gift from Goldie Feldman," said Councillor Pasternak. "The fact that the playground is designed for children and adults with special features that enhance the development of children living with cognitive and development abilities sends a signal that Toronto needs to continue to reach out to those who face physical and mental challenges. At the same time, this new water playground represents an essential revitalization of Ward 10 and its parks."

The park is a great place for people of all ages and abilities to play and explore a multi-sensory environment. The sensory garden features a curving concrete seat wall and variety of plant material that caters to visitors touch, taste, smell and sight.

There are textures, finishes and colours built in to the pathways and play areas along with word cues to enhance visitors' enjoyment of the park. Textured pavings provide sensory stimulation for users of wheelchairs or walkers.

Other features of the playground include:

- A giant frog sculpture water element.
- Brightly coloured tubes and poles.
- Customized audio and water jets.
- Stylized fish and turtles etched into the pavement to provide whimsical
visual and tactile stimulation.
- A water trough and hand water pump, which provides kinaesthetic
stimulation and can be used for therapeutic use. The water trough is
also wheelchair accessible.
- Outdoor drums.
- A large birds nest for children to play in.
- A moose sculpture.

The park area is completed with accessible picnic tables, custom made furniture and litter receptacles, a spacious lawn area and accessible path walkways.

Ms. Goldie Feldman, a devoted grandmother, an active volunteer at the City of Toronto Senior's Centre at Earl Bales Park who processes a great sense of community, generously donated $1 million for the creation of this new playground and garden at Earl Bales Park.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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