TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - Mayor David Miller today proclaimed Saturday,
April 28, Trees Across Toronto Day, stating, "to continue to build a liveable
city, we must take responsibility for its natural features. Trees Across
Toronto makes us stewards of our urban forest and helps create a more
Mayor Miller joined Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone and General Manager of
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Brenda Librecz and hundreds of volunteers at
Colonel Sam Smith Park for this annual event. Planting events took place at
five parks across the city, including Earl Bales Park, Eglinton Flats, McCowan
Park and Sun Valley (in the lower Don Valley).
"Trees Across Toronto is the jewel of the Tree Advocacy Planting Program
and has become an amazing opportunity for people of all ages to help
contribute to the replenishment of the urban forest," said Deputy Mayor
Pantalone. "We should be quite proud to note that to-date over 2,000 people
have volunteered for this event, and together we have planted more than
10,000 trees and shrubs."
Trees Across Toronto and the Tree Advocacy Planting Program is supported
by; Canadian National Exhibition, CFRB Newstalk 1010, Creative Outdoor
Advertising, Direct Energy, Enbridge Gas Distribution, HSBC Bank Canada,
Lomco, Starbucks Coffee, Toronto Parking Authority, Toronto Hydro, Toronto
Star. Starbucks Coffee provided breakfast for this year's event and Enbridge
Gas Distribution provided lunch for all of the volunteers.
"Trees Across Toronto is a great example of how Parks, Forestry and
Recreation staff have been able to work with community organizations and the
business community to ensure that our environmental heritage is protected,
restored and maintained so that our parks can be enjoyed for generations to
come," noted Brenda Librecz.
Residents who cannot attend this year's event are invited to make a
charitable donation to TAPP at www.toronto.ca/tapp or by calling 416-392-1111.
Donations to the program are accepted all year.
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.
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