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May 30, 2007
Third annual June is Recreation and Parks Month
Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale), Brenda Librecz, General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and Darlene Joslin, Chair of June is Recreation and Parks Month Steering Committee will join with members of the community to officially launch June is Recreation and Parks Month.

Date: Friday, June 1
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Allan Gardens (south side of Carlton between Jarvis and Sherbourne streets).

Children’s Activities: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Gardening and environmental leadership workshop, greenhouse scavenger hunt, outdoor relay races, skipping activities, waste diversion workshop and activities

Adult and Older Adult Activities: 12 - 2:30 p.m.
Balcony gardening workshop, adult fitness class, dominos tournament, and guided walking tours of the Allan Gardens greenhouses

General Information Area: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Information about June is Recreation and Parks Month initiatives, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Toronto Public Health, and neighbourhood associations

In Ontario, June is proclaimed Recreation and Parks Month, a celebration recognizing and celebrating the contributions recreation makes to the quality of life in Ontario. The purpose of June is Recreation and Parks Month (JRPM) is to draw public attention to the benefits and values of recreation to individuals, families, neighbourhoods and communities.

June is Recreation and Parks Month is part of a growing national movement that is celebrated across the country. It was first proclaimed in 2005 by Parks and Recreation Ontario, the Ontario Parks Association, the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association, and most recently, by Get Active Now. Ontario currently has more than 50 Municipal JRPM Ambassadors and 25 Municipal Proclamations, including the City of Toronto.

In addition to being responsible for the stewardship of 7,390 hectares of green space and 1,470 named parks, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation provides a wide range of programs and services for people of all ages and abilities. Its vision is to ensure all Torontonians enjoy active, healthy lifestyles and a high quality of life, supported by leisure and recreation programs, services and facilities, provided by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation in partnership with the community.

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



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