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May 9, 2005
Colborne Lodge to host new annual event, High Park Day
City of Toronto Culture, Colborne Lodge, in co-operation with Parks, Forestry &
Recreation, the High Park Community Advisory Council and the Nature Centre,
invite the public to celebrate one of Toronto's largest greenspaces with a
special event in High Park on May 15, between noon and 4 p.m.

High Park was deeded in 1873 to the City of Toronto by John George Howard and
his wife Jemima, owners of Colborne Lodge. Since then, millions have enjoyed
the beauty of the landscape and natural environment in the middle of the city.
The park’s 399 acres, situated between Bloor Street and The Queensway contain a
variety of recreational activities and some of the most significant natural
areas in southern Ontario.

During this afternoon families are welcome to take part in activities around
historic Colborne Lodge and stroll the grounds at the south end of the park.
One of the day’s highlights will be the popular native plant sale organized by
the Volunteer Stewardship Program of the High Park Community Advisory Council.
Other activities include:
  • kids can make crafts, and all ages will enjoy storytelling with environmental themes
  • don’t miss Eco-Man with his environmentally-friendly activities for kids
  • purchase rare native plants grown from seeds collected in High Park, with proceeds going to support native plant and park programs
  • local poet, Sheila Hyland, will lead poetry-lovers in a Haiku workshop, sponsored by The League of Canadian Poets and the Toronto Arts Council
  • Tour Colborne Lodge, the 1837 home of the founders of High Park for special event admission of $2.

According to Cheryl Hart, Museum Site Co-ordinator for Colborne Lodge, "The
Lodge is a very appropriate venue to celebrate the legacy of the park. John and
Jemima Howard, owners of Colborne Lodge and founders of High Park, believed
strongly in the spiritual benefits of nature and wanted their property
maintained for everyone's benefit."

Admission to the grounds is free. Some activity fees apply. Colborne Lodge is
located at the south entrance of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive, just north
of The Queensway. By TTC, take the 501 streetcar from Osgoode Subway Station
or walk through the park from the High Park subway station. For more
information call Colborne Lodge at 416-392-6916.

Media Contact:

Kristen Juschkewitsch
Museum and Heritage Services



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