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February 22, 2007
Renovated Harry Gairey ice rink re-opens with the drop of a puck
Harry Gairey Artificial Ice Rink will officially re-open when Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity Spadina) drops the puck to start a game of hockey for participants in the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s Hockey in the Neighbourhood program.

Date: Saturday, February 24
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Harry Gairey Artificial Ice Rink, 275 Bathurst St.
(corner of Bathurst and Dundas Streets)

The Hockey in the Neighbourhood program was launched in December 2000 at Harry Gairey Artificial Ice Rink, and now serves over 300 children from a variety of socio-economic and culturally diverse backgrounds at eight locations across Toronto. The program is made possible through a partnership between the City of Toronto and the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club.

The rink is named in honour of Harry R. Gairey, a Torontonian of African-Canadian descent, who spearheaded an advocacy campaign in the 1960s to allow equal access to Toronto’s public rinks by all Torontonians regardless of their ethnicity.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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