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July 8, 2010
City names community park after former Scarborough mayor Joyce Trimmer
Today, Mayor David Miller, Councillor Raymond Cho (Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River), members of the Trimmer family and local residents came together to celebrate the official park naming in honour of the late Joyce Trimmer, former mayor of Scarborough. Mrs. Trimmer was the first female mayor to be elected in the former City of Scarborough, in 1988.

“Joyce Trimmer was a leader in her efforts to foster community spirit and build a clean, green, vibrant and prosperous city,” said Mayor Miller. “This park is a reminder of all her hard work and determination.”

The re-named Joyce Trimmer Park, formerly known as McAsphalt Park, includes a mid-size soccer field, a weather shelter, a splash pad and a basketball half court.

Joyce Trimmer was elected in 1988 and served two terms as mayor before her retirement in 1994. An avid supporter of the environment, one of her significant accomplishments was leading her city council to rezone large portions of the Rouge River Valley. That move led to the creation of Rouge Park, Canada’s largest urban park.

“The progress Mrs. Trimmer made for Rouge Park was remarkable and will always be remembered among local residents,” said Councillor Cho. “This park is a public keepsake of how she fought to make our community and city greener.”

Born in London, England, Joyce Trimmer moved to Canada in 1954, when she started a career as a secretary and then as a teacher before she ventured into politics. Even after her formal retirement, she continued to be active in municipal governance issues. Joyce Trimmer passed away in 2008 at the age of 80.

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.

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