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April 29, 2011
Opportunity for public input on Toronto's recreation service planning
Toronto City Council at its April meeting approved a community engagement strategy for public and stakeholder consultations on the development of a five-year Recreation Service Plan by the City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.

The public will be able to provide comments about current recreation programs and services through an online survey beginning May 2 by visiting

People can also attend one of four public consultation meetings, which will take place in each Community Council district as follows:
• Scarborough: May 11, 7 p.m. at Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre - gym
• North York: May 19, 7 p.m. at Mitchell Field Community Centre - gym
• Etobicoke York: May 30, 7 p.m. at Etobicoke Olympium - gym
• Toronto East York: June 9, 7 p.m. at Wellesley Community Centre - gym

Additionally, staff will meet with representatives of more than 1,400 stakeholder groups and reach out to newcomers and other targeted groups who have had less involvement with Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs and services but who may also be interested in providing their input into the plan.

The City's current recreational service provision levels must be reviewed against the diverse needs and priorities of Toronto residents. Public input will assist in identifying this information for the development of the Service Plan.

In 2009, City Council approved the development of a city-wide, multi-year Recreation Service Plan based on four guiding principles - equitable access, quality, inclusion and capacity building. The Service Plan, which will go to Council for consideration later this year, will guide decision-making in the management and administration of all recreation programs and leisure services across Toronto. The Service Plan will also ensure that the City's recreation programs and services remain relevant to the diverse and changing needs of residents and communities over a five-year period.

More information about the public survey or participation in a public consultation session is available at or from any of the City's community centres.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 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
Brenda Patterson
General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division



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