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September 11, 2009
Volunteers to build Toronto’s first ‘natural playground’ in one day
  
Toronto Mayor David Miller, along with President and Chief Executive Officer of ING DIRECT Canada Peter Aceto, more than 500 ING DIRECT employees, Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff and representatives of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds will join local resident volunteers to revitalize a local park by creating Toronto’s first “natural playground.”

Date: Thursday, September 17
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: McCleary Playground, McGee Street and Queen Street East

Volunteers will be on hand at 9:30 a.m. to build an accessible, innovative playground featuring natural elements including climbing boulders, mature trees that release a light mist of water, slides embedded in rolling hills, and musical instruments. ING DIRECT Canada has donated $300,000 to help rebuild this playground, and 500 of its employees will pitch in as part of their “Orange in the Community” initiative.

ING DIRECT is Canada's largest direct bank with over 1.6 million Clients and more than $27 billion in total assets. ING DIRECT gives the power of saving to all Canadians by offering high-value, simple products such as high interest savings accounts with no fees or service charges and low rates on mortgages. Low cost, index-based mutual funds are sold through ING DIRECT Funds Limited. ING DIRECT has been operating in Canada since 1997, and since that time Clients have earned more than $3.8 billion in interest. Clients can bank with ING DIRECT 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at www.ingdirect.ca or by calling 1-800 ING DIRECT (1.800.464.3473).

Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds are built by Gardens for Living Inc., a full service design and build playground company. The playgrounds create opportunities for all our children to play and learn -and engage the child in-full by using natural features and elements like rolling green landscapes, mature trees, slides embedded in hills, amphitheatres, garden beds, fallen logs, tree stumps for seating and tables, vertical logs for forts, musical instruments, art walls and other components for a wide range of open ended play options for children. Current clients include the YMCA, Jasper National Park, Toronto Community Housing Corporation with upcoming projects in Canada, USA and the UK. www.naturalplaygrounds.ca

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Line, 416-560-8726, pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca
Joanne Ingrassia, ING DIRECT Canada, 416-903-0101, jingrassia@ingdirect.ca
Bruce Sudds, Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds, 416-931-3643, bruce@naturalplaygrounds.ca



 

 

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