Mount Pleasant Cemetery welcomes runners, walkers and bicyclists

    Initiatives include extended summer hours, route maps and on-site

    TORONTO, May 14 /CNW/ - Every Spring through Fall, thousands of runners,
walkers and cyclists flock to the peaceful surroundings and beautifully
landscaped grounds of Mount Pleasant Cemetery - the 205-acre landmark in the
core of Toronto that has been serving families for the past 133 years.
    "While the main business of Mount Pleasant will always be a cemetery, it
is also taking steps to engage the broader community in enjoying the grounds
for passive recreation", said Anita Mazzara of Mount Pleasant: "We're reaching
out to invite people in - not just by opening the gates of Mount Pleasant, but
to make their stay more engaging and enjoyable."

    Starting on May 1, Mount Pleasant initiated the following:

    -   Extended Hours. In years past, the Mount Pleasant Gates on Yonge,
        Mount Pleasant and Bayview were opened at 8:00 a.m. and closed at
        8:00 p.m. during the summer months.

        In order to make the cemetery grounds more available for early
        morning runners in particular, the grounds will now open from
        7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. from April 1st to September 30th, 2009.

    -   Route Maps. Mount Pleasant has published on its website three measured route maps for runners and
        walkers - 1 Km, 3 Km and 5 Km. These routes will enable runners and
        walkers to finish their entire route without having to stop at a
        traffic light or stop sign. All of the routes connect with the
        Beltline located on the northwest side of the grounds.

    Additionally, starting in May, Mount Pleasant will offer:

    -   On-site Washrooms. Portable washrooms will be available to the public
        at 5 locations throughout the cemetery grounds: at the Yonge Street
        entrance, the pedestrian entrance near Merton & Yonge, the west
        entrance on Mount Pleasant road, the Bayview entrance, and near the
        cemetery office on the east side of Mount Pleasant Road.

    For more information please contact Anita Mazzara 416-485-9129.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Paul Tyler, (416) 254-0698 or
Victoria Ollers, (416) 822-2288

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