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March 8, 2010
Panellists to address Parks and Environment Committee on Parks Plan
Members of the City’s Parks and Environment Committee will hear from five expert panellists, invited by Committee Chair Paula Fletcher (Councillor, Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), who will share their thoughts and visions for the future of the city’s parks system.

Date: Wednesday, March 10
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 1

The discussion is a follow-up to a staff report that Council approved in February calling for the development of a multi-year, city-wide Parks Plan. Each of the panelists listed below is expected to bring a unique perspective to the discussion:

Luigi Ferrara - Director, Arts + Design, George Brown College
Jane Farrow - Executive Director, Jane’s Walk
Adele Freeman - Director, Watershed Management, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Uzma Shakir - Atkinson Economic Justice Fellow, Atkinson Foundation
Claire Hopkinson - Executive Director, Toronto Arts Council

The Parks Plan will align service delivery with the social, economic and cultural needs of a diverse and changing population. As part of the City's natural/environmental planning framework, the Parks Plan will give parks and trails prominence as elements of Toronto’s infrastructure.

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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