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May 31, 2016
City of Toronto celebrates Recreation and Parks Month
Mayor John Tory has officially proclaimed June 2016 as Recreation and Parks Month, encouraging Toronto residents to take advantage of the vast array of events, programs and services scheduled throughout the city during the month of June.

"Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy our beautiful city. Ride the paths and trails in your community, walk through the many parks and ravines or visit one of the City’s pools or splash pads,” said Mayor Tory. “I encourage all Torontonians to take advantage of the summer recreation the City has to offer.”

Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, was on hand to celebrate the launch at City Hall this evening. "The City's recreation programs enhance the quality of life for residents. They promote physical activity and create a sense of community belonging and vitality.”

Registration for summer swimming and skating programs begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 4. Registration for Parks, Forestry and Recreation summer camps and general programs is ongoing.

With a wide range of high-quality programs and beautiful parks and green spaces, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation promotes social and physical development and leads the way to lifelong physical activity in all of Toronto’s local communities.

Residents can find out more about these programs and other events at Programs are also listed at

Snap & Share Photo Contest presented by Nikon Canada
The winning photographers from Parks, Forestry and Recreation's Snap & Share the Wonders of Winter in Toronto Photo Contest, presented by Nikon Canada, were congratulated and their photos were on display at this evening's event at City Hall. The photos were judged by Kristian Bogner, a professional photographer and Nikon Canada Ambassador; Ed Robertson, lead singer of Barenaked Ladies and an avid photographer; and Michelle Valberg, a wildlife and adventure photographer and Nikon Canada Ambassador. The People's Choice winner was decided by the public through online voting.

The winners – Ash O'Malley, Family Fun category; Owen Strickland, Winter Wildlife category; Roilan Gensaya, The Great Indoors category; Domien De Clercq, Colour in Winter category; Steve Kokaliaris, Walking in a Winter Wonderland category; Rafael Correa, Toronto Walking Tours category, along with Grand Prize winner Alecs Chor and People's Choice winner Taijwant Geer – were congratulated by Bognar and Mark Cruz of Nikon Canada.

A photography exhibit showcasing the winning photos will be on display during business hours at four locations during June:
• June 3 to 12 at North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
• June 14 to 16 at Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
• June 18 to 22 at Toronto City Hall (rotunda), 100 Queen St. W.
• June 24 to 29 at Metro Hall, 55 John St.

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
Rob Richardson
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
416-392-9861, 416-527-2997 (mobile)



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