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May 10, 2010
Mayor Miller, Kay Gardner and Robert Bateman celebrate 10th anniversary of Kay Gardner Beltline Park
Robert Bateman, world renowned environmentalist and nature painter, will join Mayor David Miller along with former City councillor Kay Gardner, City councillors Michael Walker (Ward 22 St. Paul's) and Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's) and Toronto District School Board trustee Josh Matlow in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Kay Gardner Beltline Park. Mr. Bateman grew up with the Beltline as his "backyard forest."

This event is organized by Tom Fiore, director/founder of the Toronto Trails Festival, and it is one of the highlights of the festival.

Date: Wednesday, May 12
Time: 12:30 p.m. (ceremony)
Location: Russell Hill Parkette, 281 Chaplin Cres.

In 1990, in recognition of its recreational potential, the City of Toronto purchased the former Beltline railway lands from the Canadian National Railway Company. At that time, City councillor Kay Gardner was the driving force behind the acquisition and the conversion to a 4.5-kilometre long linear park. Since then, the City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division has enhanced it and nurtured the regeneration of its natural environment while preserving a record of Toronto's late nineteenth-century industrial and residential landscape. It is a place where you can smell flowers, watch birds and ride a bike in the heart of the city.

Kay Gardner and her husband Raymond moved to North Toronto in 1961. From the time of their arrival here, Kay worked tirelessly, first as a citizen volunteer and then as a City councillor, for her community, for tenants and particularly for seniors. In recognition of her vision and commitment to people and the community, the City of Toronto renamed Beltline Park the "Kay Gardner Beltline Park" in May 2000.

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:
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726,
Tom Fiore, Director-Founder of the Toronto Trails Festival, 416-994-6154, and



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