Ride the paths, walk the trails…June 2016 is Recreation and Parks Month

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June 2016 has been officially proclaimed as Recreation and Parks Month, encouraging Toronto residents to take advantage of the vast array of events, programs and services scheduled throughout the city during the month of June.

“Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy our beautiful city. Ride the paths and trails in your community, walk through the many parks and ravines or visit one of the City’s pools or splash pads,” said Mayor Tory, announcing the month. “I encourage all Torontonians to take advantage of the summer recreation the City has to offer.”

Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, was on hand to celebrate the launch at City Hall on Tuesday  evening. “The City’s recreation programs enhance the quality of life for residents. They promote physical activity and create a sense of community belonging and vitality.”

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Registration for summer swimming and skating programs begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 4. Registration for Parks, Forestry and Recreation summer camps and general programs is ongoing.

With a wide range of high-quality programs and beautiful parks and green spaces, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation promotes social and physical development and leads the way to lifelong physical activity in all of Toronto’s local communities.

Residents can find out more about these programs and other events at http://www.toronto.ca/pfr. Programs are also listed at http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun.

Snap & Share Photo Contest presented by Nikon Canada
The winning photographers from Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s Snap & Share the Wonders of Winter in Toronto Photo Contest, presented by Nikon Canada, were congratulated and their photos were on display at this evening’s event at City Hall. The photos were judged by Kristian Bogner, a professional photographer and Nikon Canada Ambassador; Ed Robertson, lead singer of Barenaked Ladies and an avid photographer; and Michelle Valberg, a wildlife and adventure photographer and Nikon Canada Ambassador. The People’s Choice winner was decided by the public through online voting.

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The winners – Ash O’Malley, Family Fun category; Owen Strickland, Winter Wildlife category; Roilan Gensaya, The Great Indoors category; Domien De Clercq, Colour in Winter category; Steve Kokaliaris, Walking in a Winter Wonderland category; Rafael Correa, Toronto Walking Tours category, along with Grand Prize winner Alecs Chor and People’s Choice winner Taijwant Geer – were congratulated by Bognar and Mark Cruz of Nikon Canada.

A photography exhibit showcasing the winning photos will be on display during business hours at four locations during June:

June 3 to 12 at North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
June 14 to 16 at Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
June 18 to 22 at Toronto City Hall (rotunda), 100 Queen St. W.
June 24 to 29 at Metro Hall, 55 John St. – CINEWS

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