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March 27, 2013
Step out and enjoy Easter weekend family activities
  
Family fun is available at Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation sites across the city this Easter Weekend. Due to the holidays, there will be some facility closures as well.

The following facilities will offer family fun activities during the weekend:

Riverdale Farm
The perfect destination for families, visit the farm to see cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits and newborn lambs. While you’re there, visit the Residence and the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum. The Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks/riverdale-farm/

Toronto Islands
Catch a ferry to Ward's Island and visit Far Enough Farm, which is home to a number of animals including horses, donkeys, cows, goats, pigs, rabbits, peacocks and emus. The farm is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Playground Paradise
Located at Flemingdon Park Community Centre, 150 Grenoble Dr., the playground offers excellent family fun for children 12 years of age and under. Kids can play on a two-storey play structure, go down the spiral slide, swing on the track ride, climb the cargo elevator, talk to friends through the talk tube and play in the ball pool with over 8,000 balls.

Easter weekend public hours:
Saturday, March 30: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 31: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.

Fee: $2.50 per child
For more information: 416-395-6014

High Park Zoo
Located on Deer Pen Road, the zoo offers both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, deer, highland cattle and sheep. The zoo is open daily year-round to visitors from 7 a.m. to dusk. The llama pen with be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Easter weekend, including Good Friday and Easter Monday. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks/high-park

Preview of spring flower shows
The spring flower shows are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory, 151 Elmcrest Rd. and Allan Gardens Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Ave. Both shows feature various spring flowering plants: cyclamen, kalanchoe, primula, crocuses, tulips and daffodils. The Easter flower shows open at both conservatories on March 24 and include Easter lilies and hydrangea. Both conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, call Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288.

Discover The Shared Path
The Shared Path, the newest of the 10 Discovery Walks, includes approximately 15 km of trails through park areas along the banks of the Humber River. The self-guided Discovery Walks program links ravines, parks and neighbourhoods and is designed to showcase Toronto's outstanding natural features and cultural and historical attractions. Maps are available at www.toronto.ca/parks/trails/discover.htm

Programs, services and permits:

Friday, March 29: Due to the holiday, not all Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs and services will be offered during the day. Indoor arenas will be available from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. for scheduled tournament or league play.

Saturday, March 30: All programs and services will operate as per the usual schedule.

Sunday, March 31: All programs will operate as per the usual schedule. Indoor Arenas will be available from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. for scheduled tournament or league play.

Monday, April 1: Due to the holiday, all Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs and services will not be offered during the day. Indoor arenas will be available from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. for scheduled tournament or league play.

Toronto and East York District: East York Memorial Arena has regular leisure skate on Sunday, March 31, no other special events or programs.

Scarborough District: Centennial RC has regular leisure skate on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31.

Etobicoke District: no skate programs or special rink events on Easter weekend.

North York District: all rinks are closed and no skate programs on Easter weekend.

For more information visit: www.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/index.htm.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line
416-560-8726
pfrmedialine@toronto.ca

 

 

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