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April 30, 2009
City officially names Wychwood Barns Park
Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul’s) and City of Toronto representatives will officially name the park area surrounding the Artscape Wychwood Barns complex, Wychwood Barns Park. The ceremony will be commemorated with a sign unveiling.

Date: Sunday, May 3

Time: Park naming ceremony: 12:30 p.m.
Environment Day activities: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Wychwood Barns Park, 601 Christie St.

Wychwood Barns Park surrounds a series of former TTC streetcar repair barns transformed by Artscape, a not-for-profit urban development organization that revitalizes buildings, neighbourhoods and cities through the arts. Dedicated community representatives worked together to create the Artscape Wychwoods Barns in partnership with the City of Toronto and the Stop Community Food Centre. The neighbourhood hub now encompasses 5,574 square metres (60,000 square feet) where arts and culture, environmental leadership, heritage preservation, urban agriculture and affordable housing are brought together.

The ceremony coincides with local Environment Day celebrations, where people can enjoy chess games, an inflatable bouncing structure, face painting, a fundraising garage sale, pupusas (a traditional Latin American food) and hot dogs. Environmental information will be available from community organizations and participants can pick up compost for use at their home.

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



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