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October 21, 2010
City to name parkette in honour of artist Robert Bateman
City of Toronto representatives, along with The Honourable David Crombie (former Mayor of Toronto), Robert Bateman, Kay Gardner and Toronto Trails Festival Director Tom Fiore will join members of the community to celebrate the naming of Robert Bateman Parkette with a sign unveiling.

Date: Saturday, October 23
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Russell Hill Parkette, 281 Chaplin Cres.

Robert Bateman is a world renowned artist who grew up in Toronto with the area now known as Kay Gardner Beltline Park as his backyard forest. Bateman credits the area's wildlife with providing the most memorable experiences of his childhood. The new Robert Bateman Parkette is located at an access point to Kay Gardner Beltline Park.

Former City Councillor Kay Gardner worked diligently to encourage the City of Toronto to acquire railway lands for public use. The acquired land now forms a 4.5 kilometre long linear park, officially named Kay Gardner Beltline Park in 2000.

A plaque will be unveiled to recognize both Robert Bateman and Kay Gardner and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kay Gardner Beltline Park.

In addition to being responsible for the stewardship of 7,397 hectares of green space and 1,505 named parks, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation provides a wide range of programs and services for people of all ages and abilities. The division strives to ensure 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. For more information, 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.

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Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726,



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