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December 2, 2004
Partnership between Catholic School Board and City increases recreation opportunities for children
  
Today, members of Toronto City Council endorsed a plan to enter into an
exchange of services agreement between the City's Parks and Recreation Division
and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). The one-year,
revenue-neutral, pilot project will see the City exchange daytime ice time in
City-operated ice rinks for space in TCDSB schools to be used for Parks and
Recreation camps and programs.

"This is a win-win scenario for both the City and the TCDSB and it will
directly benefit residents," said Mayor David Miller. "This is an example of
how co-operative partnerships can provide improved services to the public, at
no cost."

The exchange of services agreement resulted from a deputation by Councillor
Maria Augimeri (Ward 9) at the Administration and Facilities Committee of the
Toronto Catholic School Board last month. "This initiative is about maximizing
resources to provide more recreation opportunities to our city's children,"
said Councillor Maria Augimeri.

Councillor Brian Ashton, Chair of the Economic Development and Parks Committee
agrees. "It makes good sense and it lays the groundwork for expanding
relationships between the City, the TCDSB and other organizations."

The pilot project will enable TCDSB students to immediately gain access to ice
time that is currently available during the day in City-operated arenas at no
cost. In exchange, the agreement will allow the City to make use of space in
TCDSB facilities for recreation programs and camps at no cost.

"This initiative is mutually beneficial," said Oliver Carroll, Chair of the
Toronto Catholic District School Board. "It has the potential to expand to
additional services and innovative approaches to joint service delivery."

The program will be evaluated on an on-going basis, and results will be
reported back to the Economic Development and Parks Committee in the fall of
2005.

Media contacts:
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism media hotline,
416-560-8726
Toronto Catholic District School Board, 416-222-8282 ext. # 5314



 

 

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