Parks Canada

Parks Canada

February 02, 2012 14:30 ET

Parks Canada Seeks Young Torontonians Perspective on Rouge National Urban Park

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 2, 2012) - Parks Canada today is hosting a workshop with youth from the Greater Toronto Area to gain their perspective to help shape the vision and concept for Canada's first national urban park in the Rouge Valley.

"Nowhere do we have a greater opportunity to share some our nation's greatest natural and cultural treasures with Canadians, including new Canadians, urban Canadians, and young Canadians, than right here in the Greater Toronto Area," said the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. "Rouge National Urban Park - the 'people's park' - will provide an entry-point to connect youth to the outdoors and history, helping to inspire the next generation of stewards."

As part of the establishment process, Parks Canada has been working with stakeholders, including young Canadians, to achieve a shared vision for Rouge National Urban Park. For this workshop, Parks Canada gathered youth from area organizations and academic facilities, at the high school, college and university levels.

Recently Parks Canada has been collaborating with the University of Toronto Scarborough to achieve common goals related to youth engagement and, as such, hosted this dynamic young group on the university campus. Today's workshop provides an opportunity for the youth participants to share their views on a concept and vision towards the creation of Rouge National Urban Park. As only a first engagement activity for this important target group, more opportunities will be provided to involve them in the broader consultation phase to come.

"The Rouge Valley offers an abundance of natural beauty and rich history that deserves to be presented and protected for this and future generations," concluded Minister Peter Kent. "Located right in the backyard of so many communities, the Government of Canada is pleased to facilitate occasions for Canadians to experience this unique park and to engage in personal moments of discovery."

Rouge Park contains unique and highly significant natural and cultural resources. It also offers an unparalleled opportunity to expose a large number of Canadians to their heritage and to build meaningful connections to Canada's network of national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas.

For additional information on today's announcement, please see the accompanying backgrounders at under Media Room or visit

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