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January 7, 2008
Public information sessions encourage residents to find out how “Everybody Gets To Play” through improved access to recreation programs
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s new report entitled Everybody Gets To Play, presents a strategy to increase access to and participation in recreation programs by all Torontonians. The report will be considered by the Community Development and Recreation Committee at its January 14 meeting.

Toronto residents are encouraged to find out more and share their thoughts at any of the following public meetings:

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2008 from 7 to 9 p.m.
    Elmbank Community Centre (10 Rampart Rd.)
    Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne St.)

  • Thursday, January 17, 2008 from 7 to 9 p.m.
    North York Civic Centre Council Chambers (5100 Yonge St.)
    Scarborough Civic Centre Committee Rooms 1 and 2 (150 Borough Dr.)

    Feedback received at the public meetings will be considered as part of a supplementary report that will be forwarded to the Community Development and Recreation Committee in February.

    Everybody Gets to Play is a bold plan that will:
  • increase access to and participation in recreation programs, especially by children and youth
  • respond equitably to local community recreation needs
  • reinvest in recreation programs city-wide to ensure equitable access for all Torontonians in a financially sustainable manner.

    “Our vision with Everybody Gets To Play is to deliver recreation programs that will be viewed as catalysts for a healthy lifestyle. Sports and leisure bring communities together. By investing in recreation, we also foster social inclusion and community development,” said Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul’s), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee.

    The proposed service enhancements outlined in the report include new, free age/grade skill-based programs with targeted outcomes in youth leadership, swim skills and learn to skate that will instill active, healthy lifestyles in children and youth. Other enhancements include an increase in the number and range of non-fee drop-in and leisure opportunities and community engagement on service options.

    “This strategy is a significant milestone for the City of Toronto. Everybody Gets to Play takes us closer to realizing the goals and targets set out in Our Common Grounds, City Council’s 15-year strategic plan for the delivery of Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs and services. Equitable access to recreation services is at the heart of Our Common Grounds, ensuring that all Torontonians have increased opportunities to participate in recreation, regardless of their ability to pay,” said Brenda Librecz, General Manager of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

    The City of Toronto is a proud partner in the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association’s Everybody gets to play initiative to enhance the quality of life of all Canadian children through recreation without barriers. The Everybody gets to play word and design marks are trade marks of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA,

    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:

    Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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