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June 20, 2009
Mayor David Miller opens playground in Crescent Town
Today, Mayor David Miller and Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York) were joined by Toronto Community Housing tenants to celebrate the official opening of the Agnes Macphail Playground at 444 Lumsden Ave. in Crescent Town, one of the City’s 13 priority neighbourhoods for Investment. The playground was made possible through the Partnership Opportunities Legacy (POL) Fund.

“The Partnership Opportunities Legacy Fund has a mechanism for communities to determine funding priorities in their neighbourhood. This community identified that refurbishing the playground was a priority and I think they made the right choice,” said Mayor Miller. “We can never over-estimate the value of play and now the children of this community have a safe place to play outdoors.”

The POL fund is an initiative born in 2007 when Mayor Miller and City Council committed $13 million in seed funding over a four-year period for investment in 13 Priority Neighbourhoods. This investment is intended to leverage equivalent funding from outside partners for youth-focused social and recreational infrastructure projects.

The playground is the final piece of a community space enhancement project that began last September at 444 Lumsden Ave. with the planting of a community garden, murals and building fences, planter boxes, benches and picnic tables in advance of the new playground.

“The playground represents more than countless hours of fun for local children,” said Keiko Nakamura, Acting CEO of Toronto Community Housing. “Along with the other landscape enhancement work, it builds a sense of pride and ownership among tenants. Those are the building blocks of a safe and healthy community.”

Other POL investments include: Outdoor recreational facilities at Gordonridge, safety and security lighting in Lawrence Heights, splashpad upgrade in Neptune, dance studio at the Antibes Community Centre, youth lounge and meeting space at the Scarborough Village Community Centre and an outdoor play structure at Lochleven Park.

About Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest social housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes - about six per cent of the City of Toronto’s population. Toronto Community Housing employs 1,400 staff in a broad range of jobs who deliver Toronto Community Housing’s mandate to provide quality housing and build great neighbourhoods. Toronto Community Housing is one of Canada’s 2009 Top 100 Employers.

About City of Toronto
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:
Sherry Phillips, Community Development Officer, Toronto Social Development, Finance and Administration 416-392-9048, cell 416-892-3119,
Kyle Rooks, Media Relations, Toronto Community Housing, 416-688-8277,



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