TORONTO, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The creation of the digital Toronto Robert
Batman Urban Nature Trail (TRBUNT) was announced today by Robert
Bateman at a reception held in his honour by Momentum1 'community in
motion' and the Ontario Medical Association.
The digital Trail which will take the form of an *app* available on the
www.batemancentre.org provides a guided tour via mobile devices of the
Ravines and Trails of central Toronto that were once the childhood
playgrounds of Robert Bateman. "In the ravines behind our home at 287
Chaplin Crescent, I spent most of my childhood. In my younger years, I
pretended that I was one of Ernest Seaton's 'Two little Savages', but
grew to observe, love, and eventually paint the nature around me. I've
had a fantastic life and I own it all to those humble beginnings along
the Beltline Ravine!"
The TRBUNT app will provide approximately 30 geo-located virtual sign
posts, each with a Bateman painting (including many painted as a
teenager) a video story by the artist and supporting content.
Designed for people of all ages, these engaging 'stops' along the trail
will create a sense of place and engagement. The app will fully support
social networking and is expandable to roughly an 18km circuit of
trails and neighbourhoods that had such a profound effect on Bateman's
"This is a tremendous opportunity for the community to promote a
re-engagement with an active, healthy lifestyle in nature AND in
downtown Toronto," said Foundation Executive Director, Paul Gilbert.
"We hope the digital Trail will be complete and available for download
by end of this year."
"Ontario's doctors have a strong tradition of promoting healthy living,"
said Dr. Doug Weir President of the Ontario Medical Association. "We're
pleased to support programs that encourage people to incorporate
physical activity into their daily routine."
Eric Hoskins, MPP for the Toronto riding of St. Paul's, said "this trail
will be a great addition to our community by encouraging kids to lead
healthy lifestyles while learning about Canadian art and celebrating
the natural gifts in their own backyards."
Tom Fiore Executive Director Momentum1 'community in motion' said, "We
are certain that this digital Trail concept will be positively received
and greatly utilized."
WHERE: EDO Japanese Restaurant 484 Eglinton Ave West Toronto
WHEN: June 5th 5:30-7:00pm
SOURCE Ontario Medical Association
For further information:
Paul Gilbert Executive Director Robert Bateman Foundation 250-588-9981 firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Fiore Executive Director Momentum 1 'community in motion' 416-994-6154 email@example.com