Mayor Mel Lastman peddles to first-place finish in unusual Molson Indy event|
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Parks and Recreation - Today at Fennimore Park, more than a thousand school
children, alongside Paul Godfrey, Chairman of the Molson Indy Board of
Trustees, and community representatives, cheered on Mayor Mel Lastman, racing a
Molson Indy peddle car. The Mayor crossed the finish line in an easy victory
over Councillor George Mammoliti, riding the slow-moving Sheba the elephant.
The event, held to celebrate the Molson Indy Festival Foundation's $100,000
donation for a new splash pad and updated playground equipment, marked the
official start of the re-development of Fennimore Park, located in Toronto's
Jane and Finch community.
"The kids in the Jane - Finch community are going to love this new splash pad,"
said Mayor Lastman, who accepted the giant cheque presented by Paul Godfrey.
"It's a welcome addition to the recreation facilities in the area and we're
grateful to the Molson Indy Festival Foundation for their generous donation."
The Molson Indy Festival Foundation, established in 1986 under the direction of
Chairman Paul V. Godfrey, has raised in excess $4,000,000 for children's
charities throughout the Toronto area. "We're very excited to be partnering
with the City of Toronto to help fund much needed initiatives for children of
all ages to enjoy for years to come in this great community," said Charlie
Johnstone, Executive Director of the Molson Indy Festival Foundation.
"I grew up right here in this neighbourhood and I played on this very swing set
more than 30 years ago," said Councillor George Mammoliti. "So, it is
definitely time for this play area to be updated. I'm glad we've been able to
work with the Mayor and the Molson Indy Festival Foundation to make this
It is expected that the new splash pad and updated playground will be completed
and open for use next spring.