As shown in this video, High Park in Toronto, Ontario, is a great park for everyone because High Park

  • boasts  some of the most beautiful green spaces in Toronto,
  • features some of the rarest ecosystems in southern Ontario, and
  • visitors are also privy to a vast array of sports fields, walking paths, and even an adventure playground for the children to enjoy.

Your input is wanted for the City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, to make a new five-year plan for parks, trails and natural areas, which will include the following objectives:

  • designing beautiful, unique and sustainable park spaces
  • protecting and expanding natural areas
  • balancing park uses to include play spaces, natural areas, sport activities, urban agriculture and cultural expression
  • engaging the community through stewardship, volunteering and partnerships, and
  • ensuring that the City’s parks and trails are available and accessible to all residents.

Sensational skateboarding places for youths are located at the Toronto parks called Ashbridges Bay Skate Park and Eighth Street Skate Spot as shown in my previous blog You’re Invited: Skateboarding Instruction at New Eighth Street Skate Spot.

Also for the cricket-game lovers, there is the new Toronto’s Thackeray Park Cricket Ground in You’re Invited: Celebrate the Opening of the Thackeray Park Cricket Ground June 27, 2011.

A good example of a Toronto Park that has been successfully used for urban agriculture is Ben Nobleman Park as depicted in my previous blog You’re Invited: Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard Harvest Festival September 22.

Furthermore, Canoe Landing is a park with cultural expression that features “Terry Fox” in the Heart of Toronto, Ontario – August 2011 – as shown here:

There are two ways to give your valuable opinions about the Toronto parks system and natural areas:

  1. Provide feedback about parks services through an online survey; please click here to access the public survey; and /or
  2. You are invited to attend one of four public consultation meetings:

Please click here for more info about the public survey,  to participate in a public consultation session about the new Parks Plan, or contact 311.

Toronto's New Five-Year Plan for Parks, Trails and Natural Areas: Your Input is Wanted

Toronto's New Five-Year Plan for Parks, Trails and Natural Areas: Your Input is Wanted

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

News Release

October 20, 2011

City of Toronto seeking public input for a new five-year plan for parks, trails and natural areas

The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division is seeking public input for the new five-year Parks Plan. As directed by Council, the plan will guide decision-making and investment in City parks in order to meet the diverse needs of Toronto residents, including:
• designing beautiful, unique and sustainable park spaces
• protecting and expanding natural areas
• balancing park uses to include play spaces, natural areas, sport activities, urban agriculture and cultural expression
• engaging the community through stewardship, volunteering and partnerships, and
• ensuring that the City’s parks and trails are available and accessible to all residents.

“This is an important opportunity for Torontonians to express their opinions about the Toronto parks system,” said Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough-Agincourt), Chair of the City’s Parks and Environment Committee. “I encourage everyone to complete the online survey or attend a public consultation session.”

Residents are invited to attend one of four public consultation meetings:
Scarborough – Monday, November 7, Warden Hilltop Community Centre, 25 Mendelssohn St.
North York – Wednesday, November 16, Mitchell Field Community Centre, 89 Church Ave.
Toronto East York – Thursday, November 24, Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne St.
Etobicoke York – Thursday, December 1, Amesbury Community Centre, 1507 Lawrence Ave. W.

The public can also provide feedback about parks services through an online survey, launched today at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/parksplan.

For more information about the public survey or to participate in a public consultation session about the new Parks Plan, visit http://www.toronto.ca/parks/parksplan  or contact 311.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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