Mayor David Miller opens playground in Crescent Town

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - Today, Mayor David Miller and Councillor Janet
Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York) were joined by Toronto Community Housing
tenants to celebrate the official opening of the Agnes Macphail Playground at
444 Lumsden Ave. in Crescent Town, one of the City's 13 priority
neighbourhoods for Investment. The playground was made possible through the
Partnership Opportunities Legacy (POL) Fund.
    "The Partnership Opportunities Legacy Fund has a mechanism for
communities to determine funding priorities in their neighbourhood. This
community identified that refurbishing the playground was a priority and I
think they made the right choice," said Mayor Miller. "We can never
over-estimate the value of play and now the children of this community have a
safe place to play outdoors."
    The POL fund is an initiative born in 2007 when Mayor Miller and City
Council committed $13 million in seed funding over a four-year period for
investment in 13 Priority Neighbourhoods. This investment is intended to
leverage equivalent funding from outside partners for youth-focused social and
recreational infrastructure projects.
    The playground is the final piece of a community space enhancement
project that began last September at 444 Lumsden Ave. with the planting of a
community garden, murals and building fences, planter boxes, benches and
picnic tables in advance of the new playground.
    "The playground represents more than countless hours of fun for local
children," said Keiko Nakamura, Acting CEO of Toronto Community Housing.
"Along with the other landscape enhancement work, it builds a sense of pride
and ownership among tenants. Those are the building blocks of a safe and
healthy community."
    Other POL investments include: Outdoor recreational facilities at
Gordonridge, safety and security lighting in Lawrence Heights, splashpad
upgrade in Neptune, dance studio at the Antibes Community Centre, youth lounge
and meeting space at the Scarborough Village Community Centre and an outdoor
play structure at Lochleven Park.

    About Toronto Community Housing

    Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest social housing provider and
home to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes - about six
per cent of the City of Toronto's population. Toronto Community Housing
employs 1,400 staff in a broad range of jobs who deliver Toronto Community
Housing's mandate to provide quality housing and build great neighbourhoods.
Toronto Community Housing is one of Canada's 2009 Top 100 Employers.

    About City of Toronto

    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.
Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in
delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's
incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity,
opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information: Media contacts: Sherry Phillips, Community
Development Officer, Toronto Social Development, Finance and Administration,
(416) 392-9048, cell (416) 892-3119,; Kyle Rooks, Media
Relations, Toronto Community Housing, (416) 688-8277,

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