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May 21, 2010
City of Toronto to re-name park in honour of Douglas Ford
The City of Toronto will celebrate the late Douglas Ford, a former Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Etobicoke Humber, by re-naming Weston Wood Park in his honour as Douglas Ford Park. Representatives of the City's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division will conduct the re-naming event Saturday morning.

Date: Saturday, May 22
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Weston Wood Park, 1521 Royal York Rd.

Douglas Ford, a local entrepreneur, was elected to provincial parliament for Etobicoke-Humber in 1995 and in 1997 was appointed Assistant Deputy Whip for the government caucus.

Douglas Ford was committed to his community and assisted various organizations, including the Salvation Army, Big Brothers and groups assisting seniors and children with special needs. He was an active member of the Rotary Club for 38 years, served twice as president of the Rexdale Rotary Club, and was named a Paul Harris Fellow, an honour given to Rotarians who have demonstrated outstanding community leadership.

He was a championship swimmer and, at the age of 16, became the youngest person ever to attempt the annual CNE marathon swim across Lake Ontario. He was also actively involved with community recreation, including baseball, soccer, hockey and lacrosse.

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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