Parc Downsview Park Inc.

Parc Downsview Park Inc.

May 01, 2007 14:47 ET

Downsview Park Celebrates 7th Annual SpringFest: May 5, 2007

Families Go Green!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 1, 2007) - Downsview Park celebrates the warmth and beauty of the season in true eco-friendly park fashion on Saturday, May 5, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, features musical performances by children's entertainers Chris McKhool and Eric Nagler and a theatrical performance by the Otesha Project entitled, 'Morning Choices', a play which encourages audiences to re-think our culture of over-consumption and discover sustainable alternatives to help heal the world.

"SpringFest fosters a sense of awareness and support for environmental sustainability and an eco-friendly lifestyle," said Tony Genco, President and CEO of Downsview Park. "This event is one of four seasonal special events at Downsview Park that encourages quality time and supports our mandate to be socially sustainable while keeping with our vision of being an all seasons experience."

SpringFest also features an array of eco-themed activities, including worm-composting workshops with Cathy's Crawly Composters, an arts and theatre presentation by Earthroots, native wildflower seed ball crafts with Evergreen and nature games with the Humber Arboretum. Reptilia will provide an up-close and personal experience with reptiles and amphibians, while BMX bikers will thrill visitors with an amazing aerial show. Face painting, origami, caricature art and a climbing wall round out the SpringFest roster of events. Downsview Park is located at the southeast corner of Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue. SpringFest offers free parking and is also easily accessible by TTC.

The Park consists of 572 acres on one of the most significant elevations of land in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Formerly a military base (CFB Dowsview), the site was designated by the Government of Canada in 1994 to be developed as "a unique urban recreational green space for the enjoyment of future generations." Plans and designs for building the Park have been steadily in development since then. The Park attracts more than 900,000 visitors annually and is home to numerous enterprises, including the Toronto Aerospace Museum, GrandPrix Kartways, The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, The Hoop Dome, The Toronto Wildlife Centre, Area 51 Paintball and The Hangar, which offers indoor soccer and beach volleyball within the larger Action Sports Complex. Downsview Park also hosts a roster of community and school programs year-round to create a vibrant resource for the national community. 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.
    Meline Beach
    Director, Public Affairs & Communications
    (416) 954-0040