Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation launched in grand style|
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More than 400 people gathered at the Liberty Grand on May 27 for an evening of
entertainment and the official launch of the Toronto Parks and Trees
Foundation, a newly formed not-for-profit, charitable organization with a
mandate to create, fund, preserve, restore and improve public parks, open
spaces and natural areas within the city of Toronto for the benefit of present
and future generations.
The evening, hosted by the City's Tree Advocate, Councillor Joe Pantalone,
started off in a relaxed fashion. There was music by David Warrack and members
of the Canadian Pops Orchestra, a silent auction featuring items and ideas for
the garden and a wine tasting sponsored by Southbrook Winery.
After a four-course dinner, Councillor Pantalone made welcoming remarks,
recognized the members of the Interim Board and stepped down as the interim
chair of the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. The Interim Vice-Chair, George
Dark, a well-respected urban designer and landscape architect at Urban
Strategies, will take over the duties of chair. Dark gave a power-point
presentation that walked the audience through Toronto's topography. He also
gave examples of a number of Toronto's outstanding parks including some joint
private-public projects that have achieved excellent results, including the
Toronto Music Garden and the Don Valley Brickworks, and some private sector
initiatives like the Mountain Co-op roof garden.
Dark went on to say that organizations such as the Toronto Parks and Trees
Foundation have been very successful in the United States and have led to the
re-birth of Central Park in New York and Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
Bruce Mau gave the keynote address. Mau is an internationally recognized
designer, art director, teacher and author whose groundbreaking work includes
the Air Canada Centre, Indigo Books and "Tree City" at Downsview Park.
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