Parc Downsview Park Inc.

Parc Downsview Park Inc.
Jewish National Fund

Jewish National Fund

June 10, 2009 12:30 ET

Jewish National Fund and Downsview Park Foundation Twinning Day at Downsview Park

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) -



WHAT Jewish National Fund and Downsview Park Foundation Twinning Day at
Downsview Park!

This milestone event will bring together thousands of students in
Grades 3 through 8 from across the Greater Toronto Area to
Downsview Park to take part in tree planting, litter clean-up and
sports activities.

The Jewish National Fund and Downsview Park Foundation "twinning"
is the first event of many as the Jewish National Fund launches a
new twinning initiative with the Downsview Park Foundation and Parc
Downsview Park Inc. (PDP) to plant trees in both the Canada Forest
of Downsview Park and the Toronto Community Forest at Yatir,
Israel.

Students will gain hands-on experience with stewardship initiatives
here at home and make a difference around the globe, uniting
communities and ecosystems.

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WHO - Jewish National Fund, Downsview Park Foundation,
Parc Downsview Park Inc.
- Monte Kwinter, MPP, York Centre
- Laura Albanese, MPP, York South-Weston
- James Pasternak, TDSB School Trustee, Ward 5

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WHEN Wednesday, June 17, 2009
11 AM - 2 PM

Welcome ceremony: 11 AM to 11:15 AM
Activities: 11:30 AM to 2 PM

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WHERE Downsview Park (Keele and Sheppard, North York)

Welcome ceremony: Downsview Park, 40 Carl Hall Road,
Studio 3

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About Downsview Park

Formerly a military base (CFB Toronto), Downsview Park was established by the Government of Canada, stipulating that the land be developed as "a unique urban recreational greenspace for the enjoyment of future generations." Parc Downsview Park Inc. (PDP) is self-financing, independent of government funding and is being designed to support environmental, social and economic sustainability. Of its 572 acres, 366 acres are committed to public open space and recreational use. Downsview Park engages the public through its year-round seasonal, cultural and special events, and educational and recreational programs. It is also home to the Downsview Park Sports Centre. These features promote and broaden awareness of the significant historical, environmental and cultural characteristics that make Downsview Park unique. Over a million visits annually continues to establish Downsview Park as a unique park for all people and a modern park for all seasons.

About Jewish National Fund

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) was established with Theodore Herzl's support in 1901. The guiding principle was laid down by Prof. Hermann Schapira. Early land purchases were completed in Judea and the Lower Galilee. In 1909, the JNF supported the founders of Tel Aviv. The establishment of the "Olive Tree Fund" marked the beginning of Diaspora support of afforestation efforts.

The Blue Box (pushke) has been part of the JNF since its inception. It represents the partnership between Israel and the Diaspora.

Major water issues face Israel today. Israel is wholly dependent on its 50 days a year of seasonal rainfall for its fresh water supply. Israel's water consumption has grown some 50% since 1960. Rainfall has not. JNF/KKL has pledged to build 100 more reservoirs. Security for Israelis is also critical and again JNF/KKL is meeting the challenges of the 21st century by building security roads.

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