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November 1, 2016
Toronto residents invited to give input on how to improve parks and recreation facilities, permits process and sport programs
The City of Toronto is encouraging residents to share their views on various parks and recreation topics, such as how to improve facilities, how to get more people participating in sports and how to improve the permitting process for parks and recreation facilities.

City staff will host 14 pop-up consultations at locations across the city to hear from residents. Input received from Torontonians will help to inform planning for three significant planning projects that will have an impact on future generations.

The Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan will prioritize investment in parks and recreation facilities over the next 20 years, guiding the creation of new facilities, the renewal of existing facilities and the strategies to optimize facility use so as to meet local and city-wide needs.

Another plan, called the City of Toronto Sport Plan, will guide the planning and delivery of the City's sport programs and services. Developed with the Toronto Sports Council, this five-year plan aims to advance sport by increasing awareness of and participation in sport programs and by strengthening Toronto's network of community sport organizations.

The parks and recreation permit process review is part of the City's commitment to improving business processes. This review will identify opportunities to improve the customer experience and reduce the amount of time required to obtain a permit.

Everyone is invited to take part in the consultations from November 5 to 30 at the following locations and times:

• Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m. to noon, Centennial Recreation Centre, 1967 Ellesmere Rd.
• Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m. to noon, Malvern Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd.
• Wednesday, November 30, 5 to 8 p.m., Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E.

North York
• Sunday, November 6, noon to 3 p.m., Driftwood Community Recreation Centre, 4401 Jane St.
• Wednesday, November 9, 4 to 7 p.m., Dennis R. Timbrell Resource Centre, 29 St. Dennis Dr.
• Saturday, November 26, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Parkway Forest Community Centre, 55 Forest Manor Rd.

Toronto East York
• Monday, November 7, 4 to 7 p.m., Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.
• Tuesday, November 15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.
• Sunday, November 20, 1 to 4 p.m., Jack Layton Ferry Terminal at the foot of Bay St at Queens Quay
• Tuesday, November 22, 5 to 8 p.m., East York Community Centre, 1081½ Pape Ave

Etobicoke York
• Tuesday, November 8, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Memorial Pool and Health Club, 44 Montgomery Rd.
• Sunday, November 13 (weather permitting), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in High Park (near Grenadier Restaurant), 1873 Bloor St. W.
• Wednesday, November 16, 2 to 5 p.m., North Kipling Community Centre, 2 Rowntree Rd.
• Sunday, November 20, 9 a.m. to noon, Amesbury Community Centre, 1507 Lawrence Ave. W.

For those unable to attend, more information about the facility and sport plans and the permits review is available on the following web pages:
• Facilities Master Plan: or contact
• Sport Plan: or contact
• Permit Process Review: or contact

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

Media Contact
Matthew Cutler
Parks, Forestry and Recreation



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