Allan Gardens Children's Conservatory plants seeds for Toronto's future|
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Today at Allan Gardens, children from Church Street Public School joined
Toronto Mayor David Miller, Frank Iacobucci, Interim President of the
University of Toronto and Ed Clark, President and CEO of the TD Bank Financial
Group, to celebrate the official opening of the Allan Gardens Children's
In an effort spearheaded by Ward 27 Councillor Kyle Rae, the University of
Toronto's historic botany greenhouse was dismantled and removed from its
original location on the St. George campus in 2002 and relocated to Allan
Gardens in early 2003. The relocated structure has been completely restored and
retrofitted to provide a unique hands-on teaching environment for children to
learn about horticulture. The $1.5 million project is a joint initiative by the
City of Toronto, the University of Toronto and TD Bank Financial Group.
Endowment support for the children's programming has been provided by the
Donner Canadian Foundation in association with the Ontario Heritage Foundation.
"The Children's Conservatory is a wonderful addition to Allan Gardens -- one of
Toronto's most historic and beautiful places -- and it makes our city an even
better place to live and to learn," said Mayor David Miller. "This is another
step toward a vision of a clean and beautiful city; one that honours its
history and invests in its future."
The historic greenhouse, constructed in 1932, was donated by the University of
Toronto, which -- in partnership with TD Bank -- funded its restoration and
relocation from the corner of Queen's Park and College Street to Allan Gardens
at Carlton and Jarvis Streets. The City of Toronto retrofitted the mechanical
systems and through its Parks and Recreation Division will undertake the
on-going maintenance, operations and programming of the facility. Allan Gardens
is the ideal location for this structure, serving as both a conservatory and a
downtown neighbourhood park.
"I am delighted that the University of Toronto, the City, and TD Bank have been
able to preserve this historic greenhouse so that it will continue to benefit
the people of Toronto not only aesthetically, but most especially by offering
our children a matchless learning environment," said Frank Iacobucci, Interim
President of the University of Toronto.
"At TD, we proudly support both children's education and the environment. The
Allan Gardens project aligns perfectly with these focus areas by introducing
horticulture programs to Toronto and area youth," said Ed Clark, President and
CEO of TD Bank Financial Group. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to
revitalize and preserve a part of Toronto's history while providing a unique
learning facility for children."
Allan Gardens Children's Teaching Conservatory
The greenhouse was the focal point of botany and teaching research at the
University of Toronto for over 70 years but had become obsolete for
contemporary research purposes. The greenhouse reconstruction project has
restored the building to its original splendor, and has met the conservation
requirements of both the City of Toronto Heritage Preservation Services Unit
and the Toronto Preservation Board. In so doing, the building's heritage and
future integrity are ensured.
About Toronto Parks and Recreation
In addition to being responsible for the stewardship of more than 7,000
hectares of green space and 1,500 named parks, Toronto Parks and Recreation
provides a wide range of programs and services for people of all ages and
abilities. The vision of the division is to ensure all Torontonians enjoy
active, healthy lifestyles and a high quality of life, supported by leisure and
recreation programs, services and facilities, provided by Toronto Parks and
Recreation in partnership with the community.
About TD Bank Financial Group Community Giving
TD Bank Financial Group's Community Giving program supports education, health
and the environment, with a focus on children and youth. TD sponsors four
flagship community programs -- TD Canadian Children's Book Week, TD Canada
Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership, the Children's Miracle Network and
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation -- as well as a host of national,
regional and local children's programs across Canada.
About the University of Toronto
Founded by royal charter in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's most
distinguished universities and one of the world's leading publicly-funded
research institutions. With more than 60,000 students and 300,000 alumni
worldwide, the university now comprises 31 divisions, colleges and faculties on
three campuses, including 14 professional faculties, numerous research centres
and Canada's largest university library system - one of the top research
libraries in North America.
City of Toronto, Economic Development, Culture & Tourism Media Hotline,
Mary Alice Thring, University of Toronto, 416-946-8369
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