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July 14, 1998
Mayor Vows Safe, Cool Toronto Playgrounds
Kids in Toronto deserve safe, cool playgrounds and waterparks across the City,
Mayor Mel Lastman announced today, outlining a new plan to upgrade all
playgrounds in the City parks system.

"New safety standards have been established for playgrounds by the City of
North York, and I want to ensure we upgrade all our Toronto playgrounds so kids
can play in complete safety," the Mayor said. "In addition, I want to
establish new children's waterparks where kids can splash and have fun without
worrying about falling on concrete, jagged edges or other dangers.

"These waterparks are great with water toys, sprinkling trees, water horses --
just the thing for kids to beat the heat."

The mayor's plan goes to the new Economic Development Committee for approval
Friday (July 17). His motion:

· A complete report on safety of all present playground equipment with a
phased-in replacement plan.
· A report on implementing eight new waterparks in consultation with local
councils in the communities of Toronto, Scarborough, East York, York and

"I want to get moving on this now," the Mayor said. "Parks are for kids and
kids should be able to play in perfect safety. They should also have the right
to beat the heat and have fun in the water."

Media Contact
Jim Warren
Mayor's Office
(416) 395-6482



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