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October 11, 2012
City of Toronto to officially open Joseph Bannon Park
Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7 York West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, will join City of Toronto staff, members of the community, the Emery Village Business Improvement Area, and the Bannon family to celebrate the opening of the park and the official street naming.

Date: Saturday, October 13
Time: 1 to 5 p.m.; official ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
Location: Joseph Bannon Park, 65 Mary Chapman Blvd.

After the official ceremony, a fall festival with family activities, food and refreshments will take place in the park.

Joseph Bannon Park was named to honour Joseph Bannon, a decorated war hero and one of Emery Village’s greatest community champions. Bannon and his wife Doris May became foster parents to more than 150 babies and unwanted children, and adopted seven of them. Bannon was a founding patron of St. Jude’s Catholic Church on Weston Road.

The new one-hectare park features an artificial outdoor ice rink, senior and junior play structure, splash pad and mini soccer field.

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