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June 1, 2010
Mayor Miller to take part in groundbreaking ceremony for Thackeray Park Cricket Ground
Mayor David Miller will be joined by Councillor Suzan Hall (Ward 1 Etobicoke North), Abhishek Desai, cricket captain at North Albion Collegiate Institute, Pastor Nunes of the Triumphant Church of Jesus (representing the Thackeray Park Cricket Ground Stakeholders), and community partners for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new cricket ground in Thackeray Park.

Date: Thursday, June 3
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Thackeray Park (at Kipling Avenue and Old Steeles Avenue)

Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in Toronto. Played in more than 100 countries around the world, cricket is part of the cultural heritage of thousands of Torontonians, and it is becoming increasingly popular with school-age children and youth in the North Etobicoke area. Cricket is played at several local schools, which together support 26 cricket teams.

Thackeray Park is owned by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and leased to the City of Toronto. The cricket ground will feature an in-field and turf cricket pitch built to International Cricket Council standards, a practice cricket net and permanent spectator seating for 300. Parking is available and the site can be easily accessed by public transit. The City anticipates that the new field will be well used by cricketers of all ages.

The Thackeray Park Cricket Ground project was made possible in part through the generosity of donors, partners and volunteers from across the community, including a broad range of cultural, social, sport and faith groups, local businesses, corporations and other community organizations - including the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Toronto Police Services Board, RBC Canada and the Ontario Cricket Association.

The Thackeray Cricket Ground is among the community infrastructure and enhancement projects funded through the City of Toronto’s Partnership Opportunities Legacy (POL) Fund. The 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 via POL Fund, the City has leveraged approximately $1.90 in partnership funding.

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Media contact:
Jane Scarffe, Communications Consultant, City of Toronto, 416-397-4062,



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