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March 1, 2010
Earl Bales and Centennial ski hills, and Glen Rouge Campground will remain open and under city ownership
The City of Toronto today confirmed that proposals to change the operations of the Earl Bales and Centennial Park ski hills and Glen Rouge Campground will be considered as part of budget process.

Staff made the proposals as part of the beginning of the budget process.

This proposal would not see any of these facilities closed or sold off.

The proposal to be considered is a $700,000 budget reduction that involves the City renting or leasing two ski hills and the campground to a third party, not unlike how the City's golf courses are operated. City staff has proposed this as the best possible option for the continued operation of these facilities. The operating expenses of these facilities outweigh the revenues.

The City is being prudent in taking three facilities that it can't afford to run and looking at other options for having them operated. A fee increase for users required to continue operating these facilities is beyond what Toronto residents could reasonably afford. Under the proposal before Council, the City would issue a Request For Proposal to look for a proponent to continue to run the three facilities.

Until Council, as part of the 2010 budget process, decides to proceed with the proposal and the City issues an RFP, the proposal is not confirmed. The City will work with the unions, to give them appropriate notice of any changes that affect City staff.

Media contact:
Rob Andrusevich (, Senior Communications Advisor, 416-397-4149 (office)



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