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June 7, 2007
Media Advisory: City to open HTO Park on Toronto’s waterfront
Mayor David Miller, Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina) and Brenda Librecz, General Manager of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation will join residents, and landscape architects Janet Rosenberg (Janet Rosenberg + Associates Landscape Architects of Toronto), Claude Cormier (Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes Inc.) and Siamak Hariri (Hariri Pontarini Architects) to officially open HTO Park. HTO is the newest flagship for the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division, responsible for the stewardship of 1,470 parks and 7,390 hectares of greenspace.

Date: Friday, June 8
Time: 10 a.m. - Official remarks
11:20 a.m. - Tour of the park
Location: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay W.
(south side, next to Toronto Fire and Emergency Services Station)

The HTO design team, led by Janet Rosenberg, Claude Cormier and Siamak Hariri, collaborated with city staff to create HTO Park. The outstanding park design was selected following an international design competition, undertaken by the City in 2003. Somerville Construction provided skill and workmanship in rounding out the project team's achievement of a dynamic and beautiful waterfront park.

Brenda Librecz will present a waterfront park scrapbook for the mayor, councillors, architects and ceremony attendees to sign. A class of local school children will place items, reflecting their thoughts and ideas about the City’s waterfront, in a time capsule at the park. The time capsule will be reopened at a ceremony in 2020.

At the conclusion of the formal ceremony, Janet Rosenberg will take guests and members of the media on a tour of the park.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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