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May 20, 2010
Local art students decorate picnic tables for Toronto parks
Today, Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee, Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina) and City of Toronto representatives came together to accept picnic tables painted by Central Technical School art students for the city’s parks.

“These students have demonstrated the importance of caring for our environment and planet,” said Councillor Fletcher. “The positive messages combined with the artistic designs will transform our downtown parks into outdoor galleries for residents and visitors to see and use.”

All tables were painted with an environmental message or nature theme. The first 10 picnic tables were painted as murals and the remaining 17 tables were stencilled with various ecological images. All tables were painted with eco-friendly ArbourcoatTM Waterborne Exterior Stain donated by Benjamin Moore.

"These beautiful tables demonstrate young people's energy, ideas and contributions to community building,” said Councillor Vaughan. “We are honoured that these students have chosen to share their functional, creative designs with the broader community. I hope the students' contributions help inspire stewardship and leadership in caring for our local parks."

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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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