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April 26, 2004
Stakeholders Reference Group begins process to ReActivate TO!
The first meeting of the Stakeholders Reference Group for Toronto Parks and
Recreation's review, ReActivate TO! took place yesterday at the North Toronto
Memorial Community Centre. The meeting brought together leaders from various
organizations and community groups to begin the process of engaging
stakeholders, staff and members of the public in reviewing the services and
programs provided by Toronto Parks and Recreation.

"This is a very positive beginning to an important consultation process," says
Brenda Librecz, Acting General Manager of Toronto Parks and Recreation. "The
synergy at the meeting was impressive. With representation from approximately
30 organizations, the Stakeholders Reference Group helps to underscore the
importance of Parks and Recreation services in the day-to-day lives of
Torontonians. This group will be crucial in helping us determine if we are
providing the right services and delivering them in a manner that reflects the
community's expectations."

Among the organizations represented on the Stakeholders Reference Group are:
Toronto Community Garden Network, Swim Ontario, John Innes Advisory Council,
Centennial College Recreation Leadership Program, Native Child and Family
Centre, East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, Disabilities Issues Committee,
Rouge Park Alliance, Toronto Regional Conservation Authority, Toronto Board of
Education and Laidlaw Foundation.

According to George Dark, Chair, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and member
of the Stakeholders Reference Group, "The meeting was a perfect example of the
cross-section of organizations and people who have a vested interest and
concern about the well-being and future of the city's environment, encouraging
active lifestyles, and engaging Toronto's children and youth. We look forward
to being involved in the development of a contemporary vision for Toronto Parks
and Recreation."

ReActivate TO! will engage both City staff and Toronto residents in the review
process during the next number of weeks. Consultation results will be compiled
into a report to Council from Toronto Economic Development, Culture and Tourism
this summer. Details regarding dates, times and locations of the public
meetings, and other response mechanisms will be available shortly.

Media contact:
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Media Hotline,



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