ING DIRECT to build natural playground at Grandview School in East Vancouver

VANCOUVER, June 14, 2011 /CNW/ - In celebration of Nature Play Day Canada, taking place tomorrow across the country, ING DIRECT is announcing funding for a community build at Grandview Earth School in East Vancouver. The outdoor spaces of the school, home to 180 students, will be revitalized with a natural playground and community gathering spaces for the local residents.

Nature Play Day is an initiative of the Child and Nature Alliance, a group of professionals, families and public sector employees dedicated to connecting Canadian children with the natural world.

ING DIRECT will provide $100,000 towards the transformation of the outdoor spaces around the school, matching funds raised by the school and Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds. Bienenstock has created a playground to incorporate elements of the Western Coast and reflect the Earth School's themes of the forest and the ocean. The playground will give students a taste of the ocean and coastal rainforest through its design as an urban microsite of Pacific Rim National Park. The transformation will take place on July 20, 2011 - all in one day.

The playground design will be unveiled tomorrow, June 15 at 11:30am at Grandview School (2055 Woodland Drive, Vancouver, BC).

The local build will be the fourth national natural playground build organized by ING DIRECT and Bienenstock as part of ING DIRECT's "Orange in the Community" volunteer program. Since 2009, ING DIRECT and Bienenstock have helped to build natural playgrounds and revitalize community spaces at McCleary Park in downtown Toronto, an east end Toronto Community housing complex, and at Fairlea Park in Ottawa.

The Vancouver community is invited to participate in the build on July 20, 2011 at Grandview Earth School.  For more information or to sign up, visit orangeinthecommunity.eventbrite.com

About ING DIRECT
ING DIRECT is Canada's leading direct bank with over 1.7 million Clients and more than $37.6 billion in total assets. ING DIRECT gives the power of saving to all Canadians by offering high-value, simple products such as high interest savings accounts with no fees or service charges, low rates on mortgages and a no-fee daily chequing account that actually pays interest. Low cost, index based mutual funds are sold through ING DIRECT Funds Limited. ING DIRECT has been operating in Canada since 1997, and paid more than $4.5 billion in interest to clients. ING DIRECT is open for banking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at ingdirect.ca, on mobile devices at m.ingdirect.ca or by calling 1-800 ING DIRECT (1-800-464-3743).

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About Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds
Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds engages communities to re-imagine and rebuild their public space through better designs, partnerships, and programs that connect their children and adults to nature. The parks and playgrounds we create reflect the natural heritage of the site and the needs of the community through a collaborative and inclusive design process, a skilled team of installers and well orchestrated community builds. Rolling hills, curling pathways, and giant logs and boulders and trees define spaces filled with art, music, and nature. These are playgrounds without barriers where children and families are encouraged to explore their imagination and this is the place in our community where we form four critical bonds with nature and each other. Projects can be found in public parks and at schools and child care centres across Canada and the USA. For more information, please visit www.naturalplaygrounds.ca.

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For further information:

Lisa Naccarato, ING DIRECT
416-758-5072
lnaccarato@ingdirect.ca

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