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April 29, 2010
Mayor Miller to open youth skateboard park in Lawrence Heights
Mayor David Miller will be joined by Councillor Howard Moscoe (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence), Toronto District School Board Trustee Howard Goodman (Ward 8), Lawrence Heights residents and community partners and City of Toronto staff to officially launch the new skateboard park in Lawrence Heights.

The skateboard park project was spearheaded by Joshua Orticello and Shaquille Williams, two Lawrence Heights youths who will be speaking at the launch.

Date: Saturday, May 1
Time: Noon to 2 p.m.
Official ceremony: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Lawrence Heights Skateboard Park, 640 Lawrence Ave. W.
(northwest corner of Lawrence Avenue and Varna Drive)

This opening is among the community infrastructure and enhancement projects funded through the City of Toronto’s Partnership Opportunities Legacy (POL) Fund. The POL Fund is being used for new social programming and recreational facilities and other infrastructure improvements. It also gives priority to youth-focused initiatives at the neighbourhood level.

Upon completion of the POL Fund, it is anticipated that $37.7 million in new leveraged infrastructure investment will have been made in Toronto’s 13 priority neighbourhoods, of which $13 million is direct City investment. For every dollar the City invests in building community capital infrastructure through the POL Fund, the City has leveraged approximately $1.90 in partnership funding.

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:
Jane Scarffe, Communications Consultant, City of Toronto, 416-397-4062,
John Smith, Social Development, City of Toronto, 416-206-1554,



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