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September 30, 2008
Media Advisory: City officially opens revitalized off-leash area in Allan Gardens
Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale), Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee (Ward 30 Toronto - Danforth) and representatives of the City of Toronto will join members of the public to officially re-open the off-leash area in Allan Gardens, the first phase of the Allan Gardens Landscape Revitalization Strategy and Management Plan to redevelop the park and conservatory as a major landmark and tourist attraction.

Date: Thursday, October 2
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Allan Gardens, 160 Gerrard St. E.

The off-leash area covers approximately 3,000 sq. m with a surface composed of turf and crushed granite. The area is surrounded by an ornamental metal fence with a smaller fenced-in area, separate from the rest of the off-leash area. Complementing the space is a sculpture of a dog entitled 'Animalis' which is Latin for “having breath.” The sculpture was created by Stephen Cruise specifically for the off-leash area.

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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