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September 2, 2010
City launches Canadian Navy-themed waterpark and playground at Sir Casimir Gzowski Park
Today, Mayor David Miller, Councillor Bill Saundercook (Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park), Commodore Jennifer Bennett (Commander of the Naval Reserve), Commander Matthew Davies, (Commanding Officer, H.M.C.S. YORK), and City of Toronto representatives joined volunteers from the Toronto Canadian Naval Centennial Committee and members of the community for a ceremony to unveil landscape plans to construct the Navy Marine Waterpark and Playground and to launch a fundraising campaign to build the park.

"This exciting, informative and fun legacy project will be a fantastic addition to this popular waterfront park," said Mayor David Miller. "Residents of all ages and visitors to Toronto will be able to have fun and play in the waterpark and playground while learning the important role of the Canadian Navy in Canada and around the world."

The concept for this park starts with the waterpark which is comprised of three main design elements; a ship equipped with slides, spray nozzles and a radar dish that dumps volumes of water to the deck below, a submarine complete with periscope that children will be able to move through while being sprayed with cool water, and a nautical feature wall designed to portray a “ship on waves,” with portholes and spray jets. The water park will include a variety of interactive spray devices and safety surfacing thus creating some ship-shape fun for residents of all ages.

The commemorative walkway runs north-south and separates the waterpark from the playground. The walkway pays tribute to the important role the Navy has played for Canada over the last century. The walkway will feature interpretive signage that will educate visitors about important innovations and milestones the Navy has achieved over the years. It will also provide a listing of ships that have comprised the Canadian Navy over the last century and a memorial to ships that have been lost. To add authenticity, the design proposes metal panels have been salvaged from actual ships now retired from the Canadian Navy.

The playground to the west will provide a helicopter play structure with slides and a fully inclusive play apparatus that will add to the existing components of the playground.

The Outdoor Patio will serve as a cool place to meet and converse in the park. The picnic area features sunny and shaded areas ideal for picnicking.

"This Canadian naval themed waterpark will be the legacy project of Toronto’s Naval Centennial Committee," said Commander Matthew Davies, Commanding Officer, H.M.C.S. YORK. "We are grateful to the City for its support in suggesting this project as a way to bring the Navy to Canadians for generations to come."

The City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Partnership Development Team is supporting the work of the volunteers of the Toronto Canadian Naval Centennial Committee who are actively fundraising to make the Navy Marine Waterpark and Playground a reality. Public Interest Partnerships are playing an increasingly important role in enhancing the parks, playgrounds and overall liveability of our city.

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: Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726,



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