Parc Downsview Park Inc.

Parc Downsview Park Inc.

January 10, 2007 17:13 ET

Downsview Park Presents Love Winter 2007: Canada on Ice

Star-studded family festival, featuring heroes of Canadian hockey, provides a new opportunity for the public to view and comment on the new Urban Development Plan for the Park's sustainable community

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 10, 2007) - Downsview Park's 7th annual winter festival will be held on Saturday January 13, 2007 from 11 am to 4:00 pm just outside the Downsview Park Film Studios in front of the main offices at 35 Carl Hall Road in Downsview Park.

The event, which is free and open to the public, presents a spectacular celebration of Canadian indoor and outdoor activities Canada on Ice: From the Arctic to the Hockey Rink, features Inuit and Aboriginal dancing, drumming and other visual and performing arts, a kids' ice-maze built for adventure, Downsview Parks first annual Ice Sculpture competition and the 3rd annual 3-on-3 Street Hockey Tournament. Indoor activities will take place inside Studio 3 of the film studios.

"The Love Winter festival is an important part of our commitment to building a park that serves Canadians in all seasons. Even though winter has not arrived, we are going to make it happen at least for the day. We want to engage the public with spectacular events while we showcase the plans for creating a great public space and we will make it look and feel like winters of old for a day," says Tony Genco, President and CEO of Parc Downsview Park Inc. "As we move forward with another exciting phase in the development of Downsview Park, we look forward to receiving more comments from the public about our Urban Development Plan and Sustainable Community Development Guidelines during this exciting winter celebration."

Downsview Park Celebrates Hockey Day in Canada with 3-on3 Street Hockey Tournament

One of the highlights of Saturday's Love Winter 2007: Canada on Ice: From the Arctic to the Hockey Rink is the third annual 3-on-3 Street Hockey Tournament featuring more than 100 teams from across Ontario competing to raise funds for spinal injury research through the Shoot for a Cure charity. The prize for the team that raises the most money is the privilege of playing against a spectacular line-up of former National Hockey League (NHL) stars-including Bill Derlago, Mark Napier, Mark Laforest, Keith Primeau, Jack Valiquette, Dave Hutchison as well as Gary Leeman, Ric Nattress, Bob Probert, and Jim Thomson. Olympic Women's Hockey Gold Medalist Cheryl Pounder and actor Yvon Barrette, (reprising his role as star goalie Denis Lemieux in the classic cult movie Slap Shot) will also be present at the day's festivities. Love Winter salutes Hockey Day in Canada-the one day each year when Canada's six hockey teams play each other--connecting hockey fans across Canada. Visitors to Love Winter will be able to watch hockey throughout the day via indoor big screen TV in the park.

Ice Sculpture Competition

The ice sculpture competition will feature the work of internationally renowned ice carvers such as Ted Hayes, from London ON, Wen Xie and Gordon Matkun from Toronto as well as members of the Escoffier Society of Toronto (Golden Chefs) who are masters of ice carving for culinary display. The grand prize of $1000 will be awarded to the best sculpture reflecting sustainability, stewardship, legacy, beauty or play-the core values of Downsview Park. Rain, snow or shine, Love Winter 2007 will also include a variety of traditional activities-face painting, balloon-making etc--for the entire family.

"PDP is proud to present Love Winter as a community celebration and contribute to Shoot for the Cure as part of our commitment to promoting social sustainability," says David Anselmi, Vice President of Park Development. "As we build the park we want people to share in the social and environmental and recreational benefits of the park and contribute their ideas towards an even more spectacular park in the future."

The Urban Development Plan and Sustainable Community Development Guidelines

The current Urban Development Plan and Sustainable Community Development Guidelines were released at an Open House event on December 5 2006 and is now available on Downsview Park web site. The plan will be on display at the PDP information booth. Members of the PDP team will be available to answer questions during the festival. Written comments on this phase of the plan are invited until January 15, 2007. Further consultation will follow subsequent developments.

About Downsview Park

Downsview Park consists of 572 acres of land on one of the most significant elevations of land in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Formerly a military base (CFB Downsview) the site was designated by the Government of Canada in 1994 to be developed as "a unique urban recreational greenspace for the enjoyment of future generations" on a self-financing basis. The land was recently transferred to PDP by the Department of National Defence. Plans and designs for building the park have been steadily in development since then. Today, the site is home to numerous enterprises including The Toronto Aerospace Museum, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, ReWorks Inc., DYN Recyling Inc., Downsview Park Grand Prix Kartways, The Toronto Wildlife Centre, Downsview Park Paintball and The Hangar Sports Complex. The Hangar attracts more than 400,000 visits per year to indoor soccer, and beach volleyball. Downsview Park also hosts seasonal special events-notably Canada Day celebrations which have attracted up to 80,000 people-and a roster of community and school programs year-round to create a vibrant resource for the local community while the plans for the National Urban Park are taking shape. All these attractions and a host of other business relationships and opportunities help to set the stage for the future development of an internationally significant sustainable community at Downsview Park.

Contact Information

  • Parc Downsview Park Inc.
    Garth Hardie
    Communications Co-ordinator
    (416) 952-2229