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June 21, 2007
Toronto brings down old water tower to make room for community garden
Today the City of Toronto began the first stages of demolishing the water tower at 4040 Lawrence Ave. E. to make way for a new community garden.

“The water tower has been the object of many complaints over the past few years, so we’re glad to see it go,” says Councillor Paul Ainslie. “We hope to replace the eye sore with a community garden that will not only bring a beautiful spot to this neighbourhood, it will give our community groups something to nourish.”

The water tower was constructed in 1952 and decommissioned in 1970. Due to competing priorities, it has taken a number of years to get the water tower taken down. The demolition will cost the City $179,818.

The water tower will be completely torn down by mid July. At that time, construction crews hired by the City will landscape the plot of land so that it is suitable for a garden. The East Scarborough Storefront will care for the land and assign plots to community groups to grow their own gardens.

“This is a great opportunity for the East Scarborough Storefront and the community. It’s something that we’ve needed for a long time. Not only will this garden provide the community with fresh fruits and vegetables, it will give our neighbourhood a positive outlet,” comments Anne Gloger, Manager, East Scarborough Storefront. “We’re also interested in starting a farmers’ market so local residents can purchase healthy food, at a reasonable price.”

The East Scarborough Storefront is a collaborative of 35 agencies and community groups. Services include settlement, employment, legal, social supports, youth supports and more. It is funded by City of Toronto, Employment Ontario, United Way, the Trillium Foundation and the Metcalf Foundation. Located in a community with the highest concentration of Social Housing in Ontario, the Storefront saw more than 50,000 visits in 2006.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 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 contacts:
Councillor Paul Ainslie, Ward 43, Scarborough East, 416-392-4008
Cindy Bromley, Manager, Communications, 416-392-4993



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