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August 13, 2010
City to celebrate opening of new green space and natural playground in Hydro Block
Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina) along with Toronto Community Housing (TCH) and representatives of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds will join local residents to celebrate the opening of the accessible, natural playground and public park with a community planting.

Date: Monday, August 16
Time: 6 p.m. - Community planting
7:30 p.m. - Barbecue
8 p.m. - Official opening
Location: Hydro Block, 6 Henry St.

The playground was designed by Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds through consultations with the community and TCH, and was made possible through matching contributions from THC and the City of Toronto totalling $60,000.

With rolling green hills, soaring trees, bright flowers, slides, seating and water features, the new spaces will reconnect children and adults alike to the natural world and provide a setting for them to connect with one another.

About Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds:
Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds engages communities to re-imagine and rebuild their green space through better designs, partnerships, and programs that connect their children and adults to nature. The parks and playgrounds we create reflect the natural heritage of the site and the needs of the community through a collaborative and inclusive design process, a skilled team of installers and well orchestrated community builds. Rolling hills, curling pathways, and giant logs and boulders and trees define spaces filled with art, music, and nature. These are playgrounds without barriers where children and families are encouraged to explore the limits of their imagination. This is the place in our community where we form four critical bonds with nature and each other. Projects can be found in public parks and at schools and child care centres across Canada and the USA. For more information, please visit

About Toronto Community Housing:
Toronto Community Housing is Canada’s largest social housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants, about 6% of the city’s population, with low and moderate incomes. Toronto Community Housing employs 1,400 staff in a broad range of jobs who deliver its mandate to provide quality housing and build great neighbourhoods. Toronto Community Housing is one of Canada’s 2010 Top 100 Employers.

About the City of Toronto:
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 contacts:
Ross Bryant, Communications and Marketing Consultant, City of Toronto, 416-338-0944
Kyle Rooks, Media Relations, Toronto Community Housing, 416-688-8277,
Bruce Sudds, Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds, 416-931-36-3643,



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