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September 19, 2008
Media Advisory - Solar Pool Party at Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre
Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth) will kick off a Solar Pool Party at Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre to showcase Canada’s largest solar-heated swimming pool and the City of Toronto’s Energy Retrofit Program that is driving a $35 million energy retrofit of municipal buildings and facilities. The event is being organized by Solar Neighbourhoods, a pilot program of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, which offers financial incentives to homeowners in Riverdale for installing solar water heaters.

Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (official remarks: noon; solar neighbourhood tours; 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.)
Location: Jimmie Simpson Park and Recreation Centre, 870 Queen St. E.

The Solar Pool Party will feature workshops on renewable energy and energy efficiency, solar neighbourhood tours of the Riverdale area, children’s activities (making solar s’mores and ice cream in a bag, solar car races, recycling relays, carbon calculators, etc.), pool games in the solar-heated pool and exhibits from solar companies, non-profits and community groups.

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 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.

Media contact: Parks, Forestry and Recreation media hotline, 416-560-8726,



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