Parc Downsview Park Inc.

Parc Downsview Park Inc.

September 14, 2005 13:25 ET

Media Advisory: Downsview Park Hosts 5th Annual Fall Fair

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 14, 2005) -

Canada's First National Urban Park Honours Community Heroes and Celebrates Five Decades of Canadian Popular Culture

Downsview Park's 5th Annual Fall Fair will be held on Sunday September 18, 2005 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The event, which is free and open to the public, features an exciting line-up of entertainment, sporting events and attractions designed to showcase the values of Downsview Park on the eve of the launch of its development as Canada's First National Urban Park.

Terry Fox Run

The festivities begin at 10 am with the 25th anniversary celebration of the Terry Fox Run. Downsview Park is an officially designated run site and our specially marked 5 km route is expected to attract runners from across the GTA.

Pop Culture in the Park

The focus of the day's festivities is a celebration of popular culture of the 1950s 60s, 70, 80s and 90s and today. Many of Toronto's best known musical stars-including Johnny and the Boppers, Glen Reid of the Singalong Jubilee, George Olliver and Gangbuster, Patti Janetta and jazz vocalist Fern Lindzon-will recreate the rock and roll stylings of The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Neil Sedaka and Elvis Presley, the folk artistry of Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, the dance hits of Bee Gees and a selection of timeless standards from the Great North American songbook.

The food, fads and fashion of the decades will also be reflected throughout the day including a spectacular showcase of pristinely restored classic cars presented by the Thornhill Cruisers.

Sports enthusiasts can look forward to the Amino Vital Cycling Challenge-a top rated cycling competition featuring many of Canada's world-class cyclists. Kids four years and older are invited to bring their bikes and enter the Downsview Park Kid's Community Bike Challenge in the afternoon. The Kidsport Fun Zone also provides a unique opportunity for children to test their skills in hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball and many other sports.

Untold Stories, Honouring Unsung Community Heroes

In a special celebration of the values on which the park is to be built-beauty, play, stewardship, sustainability and legacy- PDP will present the inaugural Downsview Park Legacy awards to individuals who are using their talents to make a lasting impression on their communities. This year's recipients-chosen from nominations made by a group of journalists and media organizations-are Rabbi Joseph Kelman, Step by Step founder George Marcello, businesswoman Ms. Toni Reyes, student Regina Lui, Youth Worker Jamal Clarke, Cancer Society Community Services Co-ordinator Sheila Balaban, Downsview Lands Community Voice Association Vice-President Jacqueline Albani and Downsview Lands Community Voice Association Vice-President Albert Krivickas. The untold stories of their accomplishments will be showcased during the event. Dignitaries from various levels of government are scheduled to attend.

The awards are being presented as plans for the first phase of the physical transformation of the site this fall are unfolding. Downsview Park is being developed on a self-financing basis as a legacy for future generations on the principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability.

In addition to a full slate of seasonal festivals, Downsview Park provides, throughout the year, a wide range of educational programs for school children and a roster of culture and heritage based programs for the community. The Park is also home to The Hangar Sports Complex which attracts more than 400, 000 visits per year to indoor soccer, paintball and beach volleyball. All these attractions and many other business relationships and opportunities set the stage for the development of a sustainable community at Downsview Park.

Contact Information

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