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March 9, 2004
Withrow Park to re-open
Toronto Parks and Recreation has announced that work will begin tomorrow to
remove the fence at Withrow Park.

"Parks and Recreation staff, together with Toronto Public Health, have
completed thorough inspections of the park and we have taken all reasonable
precautions to ensure it is safe. We are very pleased to re-open the park,"
said Don Boyle, Director of Parks and Recreation (South District).

A fence was built around the park on February 16 following the discovery of
food products contaminated with the toxic chemical carbofuran. Since the
closure, carbofuran contaminants were found on six more occasions. Parks staff
have been conducting sweeps of the park twice a day to ensure no contamination
remains, and will continue to search the park once it re-opens.

Dog owners should remain vigilant and as a general safety precaution, try to
ensure their pets do not eat any substances found in the park. "As in all
public places, animals should not eat anything they find on the ground," said
Reg Ayre, Manager of Healthy Environments at Toronto Public Health. Owners
should also be in control of their animals at all times, even when in off-leash

"This is fabulous news that the park will re-open and the fence will come
down," said local area Councillor Paula Fletcher. "It's been a difficult time
for the entire neighbourhood. I share their excitement in having this wonderful
community treasure back in full operation."

Councillor Fletcher will host a celebration to mark the re-opening of the park
this Friday, March 12, from 6-8 p.m.

Media contacts:
Mary Margaret Crapper, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7873
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Media Hotline,
Councillor Paula Fletcher, 416-392-4060



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