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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Ontario Trails - City of Toronto celebrates June 2015 as Recreation and Parks month



TORONTOJune 1, 2015 /CNW/ - Mayor John Tory has officially proclaimed June 2015 as Recreation and Parks Month, encouraging Torontonians to take advantage of the vast array of events, programs and services scheduled throughout the city during the month of June.
"There is no better time to enjoy the many recreational facilities Toronto offers than in the summer months," said Mayor Tory. "Toronto's beautiful parks and trails are the cornerstone of our city, connecting the many diverse neighbourhoods. I encourage Torontonians to get outside and discover the best Toronto has to offer."
Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto Danforth), Vice Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, and Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Vice Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee, were on hand to celebrate the launch at City Hall this evening.
"The City provides a great range of quality programs and services to enhance the health, quality of life and well-being of residents," said Councillor Fletcher. "Parks, Forestry and Recreation's programs and services provide the means for all Torontonians to become engaged in their city and their communities while promoting lifelong physical activity."
"Toronto's extensive system of parks and trails is one of the city's greatest assets and is essential to sustain and improve the quality of life for Torontonians," said Councillor Layton. "People and communities benefit from parks. They strengthen families, provide a sense of community, bring diverse people together and offer venues for community engagement."
Registration for summer swimming and skating programs begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 6. Registration for Parks, Forestry and Recreation summer camps and general programs is ongoing.
With a wide range of high-quality programs and beautiful parks and green spaces, Parks, Forestry and Recreation promotes social and physical development and leads the way to lifelong physical activity in all of Toronto's local communities. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks.
Residents can find out more about these programs and other events at http://www.toronto.ca/parks. Programs are also listed at http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun.
Snap & Share Photo Contest presented by Nikon Canada
The winning photographers and photos from Parks, Forestry and Recreation's Snap & Share Photo Contest presented by Nikon Canada were congratulated and their work was on display at this evening's celebratory event at City Hall. The photos were judged by Dr. Roberta Bondar, nature photographer and Canada's first woman astronaut; Kristian Bogner, professional photographer and Nikon ambassador; and Moses Znaimer, founder and CEO of Zoomer Media Limited.
The winners – Yasmeen Tian, Parks category; Arvo Poolar, Forest category and Abbas Solhdoost, Recreation category, along with Grand Prize winner Jose Marvin Evasco – were congratulated by Bogner and Hiro Okumura, Director of Sales and Marketing at Nikon Canada.
The Best of 2014 – Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Snap and Share Photo Exhibit will be on display at the following locations and dates during regular business hours:
  • June 2 to 5: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
  • June 8 to 12: Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
  • June 15 to 21: Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 the West Mall
  • June 22 to 26Toronto City Hall rotunda
Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visithttp://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.
SOURCE City of Toronto
 For further information: Media contact: Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726,pfrmedialine@toronto.ca