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July 8, 2010
Road closure for Canadian Open Golf Tournament
The Canadian Open Golf Tournament will take place in Toronto from July 19 to 25 and will involve the closure of a part of Islington Avenue. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy the event. The area affected will remain open to pedestrians.

• Islington Avenue from Eglinton Avenue to the Kingsway will be closed in both directions from July 12 to 30 (with the exception of a required emergency access lane in the two southbound lanes).

• South of Ridgevalley Crescent, Islington Avenue will be closed to through traffic but will allow passage for groups such as local residents and tournament players.

The closure is required for this length of time in order to accommodate television requirements, the street festival, the large number of spectators that will attend the event and the eventual clean-up of the site once the tournament has concluded.

During the road closure from July 12 to 30, the TTC’s 37/311 Islington northbound buses will divert northwest on the Kingsway, north on Kipling Avenue and east on Eglinton Avenue. The 37/311 southbound buses will divert west on Eglinton Avenue, south on Bemersyde Drive, west on Princess Margaret Boulevard and southeast on the Kingsway.

For those looking for an alternative to driving, cycling is an option. Live Green Toronto is providing bike parking at the Canadian Open for up to 500 bikes. This facility is located at Princess Anne Park (on Princess Margaret Boulevard, west of St. George's Golf and Country Club). The bike parking area will be available starting Monday, and staff will be on hand to assist and to watch over the bikes from Thursday, July 22 to Sunday, July 25 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day).

For more information about the event, the City of Toronto has created a website at to answer questions from area residents and businesses.

Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.

In addition to road closures related to special events, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city this summer. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations. If you need to drive in event areas, allow extra time to get to and from your destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and 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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Senior Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391,



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