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October 3, 2003
Community builds unique new treehouse and playground at Kew Gardens
Parks and Recreation - Beginning today, until Monday, October 6, members of the
Eastern Beaches community will be building a-one-of-a-kind children's
playground at Kew Gardens.

The first phase of construction is a series of "play houses" surrounding a huge
oak tree, complete with a look-out tower and an arched bridge.

The second phase, beginning October 9, is the construction of junior and senior
play-structures and sand play areas, built in a variety of nautical designs.
The existing iron fence will be removed and replaced with a "wooden
paddle/picket" fence.

The project is a successful partnership between The Home Depot, Kew Play,
Mid-Town Saturn, Central Fairbank Lumber, Pizza Nova, Beaches Lions Club,
Barrymore Furniture, community residents and the City of Toronto. Community
fundraising initiatives have secured donations in excess of $200,000 to
revitalize the park and playground area and Toronto Parks and Recreation
contributed an additional $80,000. Design assistance has been provided by
Leathers and Associates.

The two community build sessions will involve approximately 300 to 400
community volunteers and representatives from KewPlay, The Home Depot and
Toronto Parks & Recreation.

Kew Gardens is located at the foot of Lee Avenue (south of Queen Street East).

Media contacts:
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism
Media Hotline, 416-560-8726
Glen Rumble, KewPlay, 416-686-0163



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