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June 17, 2011
City to host 61st Thomas Foster Picnic
Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth) and City of Toronto staff in partnership with TD Waterhouse Private Trust, Enbridge and Toronto Fire Services will join Toronto children, ages five to 12 for an afternoon of free refreshments, music, games and sports at the 61st Thomas Foster Picnic. This picnic is held every second year in honour of Thomas Foster, a former Toronto mayor and philanthropist.

Date: Saturday, June 18
Time: 12 to 4 p.m. Remarks: 1 p.m.
Location: Jimmie Simpson Park, 870 Queen St. E. (at Logan Avenue)

Activities include a carousel pony ride, airbrush tattoo artists, clown/balloon sculptors, inflatable bouncers, hot dogs and cotton candy. Admission and activities are free.

The late Thomas Foster, or "Honest Tom" as he was known, ran a butcher shop near Queen and Parliament Streets. He was a successful man, having invested in realty throughout Toronto, and wanted to give back to the community he lived and worked in. After his death in 1945, he stipulated in his will that a picnic should be held for children to enjoy a day of fun and excitement outside.

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