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June 2, 2010
June is Recreation and Parks Month
Mayor David Miller has proclaimed June 2010 as Recreation and Parks Month, and is encouraging Torontonians of all ages and abilities to take advantage of the vast array of events scheduled throughout the city during the month of June. There will be community barbecues, festivals and arts showcases across the city.

“One of the hallmarks of a great city is how it ensures that all residents have access to safe, clean, green public spaces, high-calibre recreational programs, beautiful parks and urban forests,” said Mayor Miller. “Toronto's commitment is to a liveable city where everyone has opportunities to enjoy top-notch facilities and services.”

To celebrate Recreation and Parks Month, the City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division will host a series of open houses at community centres across the city on Saturday, June 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. to highlight the wide variety of recreation programs available to residents. Watch for details.

Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation is responsible for the stewardship of 8,045 hectares of green space, 1,505 named parks, 500,000 street trees and 2.5 million trees in ravines, parks and forests. In addition, the division provides a wide range of programs and services for people of all ages and abilities. Parks, Forestry and Recreation strives to ensure that all Torontonians enjoy active, healthy lifestyles and a high quality of life, supported by leisure and recreation programs, services and facilities, provided in partnership with the community.

The City’s recreation facilities and assets include:
• 134 community centres
• 30 City-owned and operated indoor pools
• 59 outdoor pools
• 113 wading pools
• 72 water play/splash pads
• 40 City-operated arenas with 48 ice surfaces
• 49 outdoor artificial ice rinks
• 3 curling facilities
• 2 ski and snowboard centres
• 5 public golf courses
• 5 ferry boats
• 769 sports fields
• 626 tennis courts
• 828 playgrounds
• 8 greenhouses
• 3 conservatories
• 1 track and field centre
• 4 stadiums

Annually, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation offers approximately 62,246 registered recreation courses. There are approximately 8.3 million participant visits to registered and drop-in programs offered by the division. In addition, Parks, Forestry and Recreation issues approximately 280,000 permits for use of City parks and recreation facilities every year serving more than 20,000 groups and individuals.

For more information about recreation and leisure programs offered through Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation and special programming and services for the month of June, visit

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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