The Ontario Trillium Foundation will collaborate with The W. Garfield
Weston Foundation & Toronto Park People to invest in Toronto's parks
TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2014 /CNW/ -
The Weston Family Parks Challenge is supporting transformational
projects for parks in Toronto. This $6.125 million initiative, now in
its second year, has the scope and scale to change the way Torontonians
engage with parks, by facilitating innovative partnerships which will
ensure our urban greenspaces have a bright and vibrant future.
Today's funding announcement from the Ontario Trillium Foundation is in
addition to the continued investments of The W. Garfield Weston
Foundation. The Weston Family Parks Challenge is guided by the vision
and expertise of Park People, Toronto's non-profit catalyst for better
Great parks are essential to Toronto's health and vitality. For many
people living in Toronto, urban parks are their only connection to
nature, providing a break from their busy lives. The innovative
partnerships created with this program will pave the way for a new era
of investment in the long term sustainability of our parks.
Toronto is home to 20,500 acres of parks that are at the heart of
neighbourhoods and communities.
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is investing $5 million over three
years in Toronto greenspaces through the Weston Family Parks Challenge.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ontario government,
will join this partnership with an investment of $1.125 million.
View the video announcement here
"The success of the Weston Family Parks Challenge's first year shows
that there is great passion and commitment to sustaining Toronto's
greenspaces. We are thrilled that the Ontario Trillium Foundation
shares these goals and will offer additional funding to worthy projects
over the next two years."
- Camilla Dalglish, Chair of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation's
"It's our hope at the Ontario Trillium Foundation that, by working with
amazing partners like the Weston Foundation and Park People, we can
make a real impact on Toronto parks and greenspaces. Collaboration can
move the dials, and make measurable change."
- Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation
"This is an exciting new addition to The W. Garfield Weston Foundation's
initial landmark donation to parks in Toronto. This investment will
bring new ideas and new resources to help make Toronto's parks the best
they can be."
- Dave Harvey, Director of Toronto Park People
"This is great news for City of Toronto parks, where we work with the
positive energy and ideas from community groups, and combine them with
our staff expertise to make great things happen. We look forward to
continuing to work with the Weston Foundation and now with a new
partner, the Trillium Foundation, to build on our collaborative
approach and improve the public experience in City of Toronto parks."
- Richard Ubbens, Director, Parks for Toronto Parks, Forestry and
SOURCE: Ontario Trillium Foundation
For further information:
Ontario Trillium Foundation
firstname.lastname@example.org or 416 963 4561
Toronto Park People
email@example.com or 416-583-5776