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June 1, 2011
Recreation and Parks Month celebrated at Christie Pits
June was officially proclaimed as Recreation and Parks Month at a kick-off event at Christie Pits this evening. Residents and special guests were offered a wide variety of sports and recreation activities to experience throughout the evening.

"Recreation enhances quality of life, balanced living and lifelong learning; it helps people live happier and longer lives," said Brenda Patterson, General Manager, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation. "Now that the warm weather is here, there is no better time to remind everyone in Toronto about the great opportunities the City has to offer for summer recreation. We especially want to remind parents that now is the time to enrol their children in any of the summer camp programs the City offers by simply calling 311."

Attendees were able to sample a bit of everything the City has to offer this summer, including cricket, soccer, gardening and a virtual summer camp experience. Guests were able to sing songs around a campfire, try arts and crafts, and even sit in a canoe.

The evening started at 5 p.m. with official remarks and the reading of the proclamation. Participants were then challenged to participate in as many activities as possible, in order to get the fullest experience. Each time they completed an activity, they could have their recreation 'passport' stamped as a souvenir. Participants were also entertained until 8 p.m. with Spanish singers, Tamil dancers, a fitness class demonstration and DJ presentation.

Ken Jeffers, Manager of Access and Diversity for Parks, Forestry and Recreation also added: "Diversity and equity are as important in recreation as in other areas of City services. That is why I am so proud that we offer well-structured recreation programs to children, youth, adults, seniors and people with disabilities. Everyone has the opportunity to participate in many activities."

During the month of June, residents can find out more about these programs by attending open houses across Toronto ( ). A listing of all programs is also available online
( ).

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.

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