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May 28, 2008
Leaside land purchase makes way for future recreation opportunities
Toronto City Council has approved a plan to purchase lands, adjacent to the existing Leaside Memorial Arena, from the Province of Ontario. The $1.2 M purchase will be funded from the City’s parkland reserve fund. The 1.8 acre site at 1075 Millwood Rd. site has been on the City’s priority acquisition list since 1999. The adjacent 5.1 acre City property already houses a public arena, reception hall, swimming pool, and curling rink.

“I have been part of a local initiative working towards this transaction since well before my election to Council,” said Councillor John Parker (Ward 26 Don Valley West). “Acquisition of this land is a critical first step on the road to adding a much needed second ice pad to Leaside Memorial Community Gardens Arena.”

The lands to be purchased currently house the Ontario Film Review Board, which will move to a new location as part of the agreement.

The deal is expected to go forward for formal Provincial approval within the next few weeks and could be finalized as soon as the end of the year.

Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation will initiate a process to develop a formal plan for future recreational uses of the site.

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. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Councillor John Parker, Ward 26, Don Valley West, 416-392-0215



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