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July 23, 2004
Parks and Recreation's strategic plan adopted by City Council
  
Toronto City Council unanimously approved Our Common Grounds, the Parks and
Recreation strategic plan.

The development of Our Common Grounds followed a series of consultation
sessions with the public and City of Toronto staff. The document is a 15-year
action plan that focuses on three strategic goals: Environmental Stewardship,
Child and Youth Development and Lifelong Active Living. The 53 recommendations
in the plan provide a roadmap for Parks and Recreation in relation to the
health and well-being of residents.

"Parks and Recreation programs and services are at the very heart of a healthy,
beautiful and productive city," said Mayor David Miller. "Our Common Grounds
sets the course for the future direction of Parks and Recreation services and
ensures it is responsive and reflective of this city's diversity."

Our Common Grounds sets out a number of targets by which to measure its
progress, including:
· increase the tree canopy to cover 30 to 40 per cent of the city's land area
from its current 17 per cent
· ensure that 80 per cent of parks users are very satisfied with the quality
of park visits
· increase the number of youth in Parks and Recreation programs by 40 per cent
and
· increase by 20 per cent the physical activity level of Torontonians.

"This is a monumental occasion for Parks and Recreation," said Brenda Librecz,
Acting General Manager, Parks and Recreation. "We are very proud of Our Common
Grounds. It speaks clearly to the needs of our residents because it grew out of
what they told us. From parks and trees to swimming and skating lessons, from
community centres, gardens and conservatories, to soccer fields and hiking and
biking trails, Our Common Grounds is our blueprint for the future and we look
forward to its implementation."

The next step for Parks and Recreation is to present a service delivery plan
that outlines how the 53 recommendations in Our Common Grounds will be
implemented. This plan will be presented to the Economic Development and Parks
Committee in October. Budget requirements, service priorities and options will
be submitted to the Budget Review Committee. Following that, a three-year
business plan is scheduled to be presented in December 2004.

For more information on Our Common Grounds, visit: http://www.toronto.ca/parks.

Media contacts:
Patchen Barss
Office of Mayor David Miller
416-338-7134

Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Media Hotline
416-560-8726



 

 

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