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September 21, 2001
Toronto Parks and Recreation's new partner springs forward
  
Toronto Parks and Recreation -- More than 250 people gathered at the Bandshell
Restaurant at Exhibition Place to find out more about Friends of Toronto Parks
and Trees and to hear the keynote address by David Crombie.

Friends of Toronto Parks and Trees is currently a small nucleus of people with
a common goal -- to support, implement and fund environmental and horticultural
projects designed to improve and increase public green space; preserve, restore
and protect natural areas; and educate the public about the importance of parks
and trees in an urban environment. The group plans to direct much of its focus
on the waterfront so it is no surprise that it chose David Crombie as the
keynote speaker. Mr. Crombie talked about holistic initiatives that would
embrace the ecology, the community and the economy of the waterfront.

Friends of Toronto Parks and Trees' first initiative will be to plant tulips on
University Avenue.

"We wanted something very visible and well defined as our first project," said
Toronto urban planner Judy Matthews, who has been part of the group from its
inception. "So we approached Heather Reisman at Cruikshank's at Indigo and she
agreed to donate the bulbs. We spoke to the people at Toronto Parks and
Recreation and they agreed to plant the bulbs. This spring, University Avenue
will be a mass of colour -- thousands of bulbs on Toronto's most prominent
boulevard. I think that's a pretty good start." Heather Reisman is CEO, Indigo
Books, Music and More.

"The City of Toronto is not new to private/public sector partnerships.
Toronto's signature waterfront park the Toronto Music Garden was created
through a public/private sector partnership, as were many of the City's other
parks and natural areas," said Councillor Joe Pantalone, Toronto's Tree
Advocate, who hosted the luncheon and has been instrumental in helping to get
the group started.

Interested parties can contact the Friends of Toronto Parks and Trees or send
donations to:
Friends of Toronto Parks and Trees
157 Adelaide Street West, Suite 123
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 4E7


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