Playground will enhance family and community well-being
SCARBOROUGH, ON, Aug. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - The Scarborough community was
revitalized today thanks to a new playground built at McGregor Park. In
less than eight hours, more than 200 volunteers from Foresters™, the
City of Toronto, Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA), and
non-profit KaBOOM! created the new play space, which will serve more
than 27,800 children and their families in the local community for
years to come.
"A community's well-being starts with a child's well-being," said Tony
Garcia, President and CEO, Foresters. "Playgrounds are important to
communities, providing an open space where children can play safely. We
believe that an investment in a playground is an investment in family
well-being, and we are happy to provide the Scarborough community with
a place that families can enjoy for years to come."
The design for the new playground is based on drawings created by
neighborhood children at a special Design Day event held in May when
community members met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters to
design their dream playground. The drawings inspired the final
Since 2006, Foresters, an international financial services provider, has
invested over $10 million with KaBOOM! to build almost 120 playgrounds
across the US and Canada by the end of 2015. Over their 15 year
lifespan, these playgrounds will provide more than 3 million children
and their families with an opportunity to spend quality time together
and enhance family well-being.
"Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation is committed to providing
healthy, fun and safe play spaces for kids to be kids," said Janie
Romoff, Acting General Manager. "We are thrilled to have the support
and enthusiasm of wonderful partners and the local community for this
great project in McGregor Park."
"Working together with residents in communities to make long term impact
is what we strive to do at Agincourt Community Services Association,"
said Lee Soda, Executive Director. "The creation of a playground that
has the imprint of the children and families that will spend time there
speaks to the essence of true community engagement."
Green spaces and safe play structures where children and families can
enjoy and spend time together are sparse in many high density
communities. Playing outdoors is an important part of every child's
healthy development and the creation of this new playground will allow
thousands of children to play safely and be active in their community.
Another way Foresters advocates for family well-being is through its
Tech Timeout™ challenge, which encourages families to take a pledge to
turn off all electronic devices for an hour a day for one week and
spend quality time together. For more details, visit techtimeout.com.
Foresters is a founding member of the KaBOOM! Leadership Circle - a
group of organizations providing long-term guidance and support to
KaBOOM! and its mission. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the
bold goal of ensuring that all children get the balance of active play
they need to become healthy and successful adults because #playmatters.
About the City of Toronto
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 visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.
About Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA)
Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA) is a non-profit,
multi-service agency at the heart of Agincourt addressing needs and
empowering children, youth, newcomers, homeless and underserved
communities to build a better tomorrow. Operating since 1974, ACSA
provides a broad range of programs and services to the local community
and greater Scarborough area. ACSA celebrates 40 years in the community
with an emphasis on providing people a hand up versus a hand out. Our
services include community supports, youth programs, homeless services,
food bank and food security initiatives, newcomer and settlement
services, child and family programs, community development and
engagement initiatives, civic engagement work and information and
referral services for all of Scarborough. For more information, visit www.agincourtcommunityservices.com, follow us on twitter @AginComServices or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AgincourtCommunityServices.
For 140 years, Foresters™, an international financial services provider,
has fulfilled its purpose to enhance family well-being for its members
and the communities where they live. A fraternal benefit society,
Foresters offers quality life insurance and investment products, unique
member benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares
its financial strength with more than one million members in Canada,
the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit foresters.com, facebook.com/foresters and techtimeout.com.
Foresters™ is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of
Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto,
Canada M3C 1T9; its subsidiaries are licensed to use this mark.
Tech Timeout and the Tech Timeout logo are trademarks of the Independent
Order of Foresters.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to the bold new goal of
ensuring that all children, particularly the 16 million American
children living in poverty, get the balanced and active play they need
to thrive. KaBOOM! has been a powerful champion for play since its
founding in 1996, working with partners to build, improve and open more
than 15,000 playgrounds, engage more than 1,000,000 volunteers and
serve more than 6,600,000 children. KaBOOM! creates and catalyzes great
places to play, inspires, empowers and leads play advocates, and
educates and elevates the societal conversation about the importance of
play in children's lives. For more information, visit kaboom.org/act or follow the conversation on why #playmatters at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.
For further information:
City of Toronto: Doug Bennet, 416-338-6608, firstname.lastname@example.org
Foresters: Maria Ganogiannis, 800-461-8431, ext. 4096, email@example.com
KaBOOM!: Bruno Tager, 301-919-4482, firstname.lastname@example.org