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June 8, 2005
Mayor David Miller, special guests open Franklin Children’s Garden
The Franklin Children’s Garden will be officially opened this Friday, June 10.
The garden is inspired by the celebrated children’s reading series character,
Franklin the Turtle.

Date: Friday, June 10
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Franklin Children’s Garden on the Toronto Islands.
Media Directions: Take 9:15 a.m. ferry to Centre Island or one of the shuttles
leaving the ferry docks at 9:30 a.m. or 9:45 a.m.

The opening will feature a guided tour by CBC Radio host and children’s author,
Kevin Sylvester; performance of a live story by the Franklin creators before
Mayor Miller, Councillor Pam McConnell, donors, and the students of Toronto
Island Public/Natural Science School.

The Franklin Children’s Garden is a space for children and their families to
play, discover the wonders of nature, and to embark on the great adventure of
reading. Garden features include:

Kids Can Press Little Sprouts Garden where children take part in
gardening activities.
TD Storybook Place offers superb free storytelling and performing arts
from Canada's best children’s performers.
Hide and Seek Garden has a vine tunnel and treehouse for children to
The Turtle Pond is a place where children can learn about wetlands and
the creatures who lives there.
The Unilever Snail Trail has a rising spiral trail that lead to the
highest point on the Toronto Islands where binoculars provide a panoramic view
of the garden.
Bronze sculptures of Franklin and his friends are situated throughout
the Franklin Children’s Garden.

The Franklin Children’s Garden was made possible through the partnership
between City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation and private sector
donors Kids Can Press, TD Bank Financial Group, Unilvever Canada, Paulette
Bourgeois, Brenda Clark and the Toronto Community Foundation.

For more information, visit:

Media Contact:

Parks, Forestry & Recreation media hotline



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