Executive Director's message-July 2017

Summer has officially arrived and Emery presented the community with another successful Movie in the Park in July featuring the movie “Sing” at Joseph Bannon Park.

After an eight-minute hurricane, a storm that came out of nowhere, all equipment was put back up, tested and ready to go. Even with the weather being so unpredictable, families took their chances and came out to make memories with their loved ones under the night sky.

This year we had a scientist on hand with beakers, colourful liquids, smoke and fizzing experiments. Kids were able to ask questions and hypothesize on the results allowing them to fully participate in the activities. Kids also got treated to face painting and lots of snacks before and during the movie. Even with a later start and weird weather, the crowd left with smiles on their faces.

Need some ideas this summer or are planning a “staycation”? Then look no further than around the corner at the Gord & Irene Risk Community Centre located at the northeast corner of Islington Road and Finch Avenue. The centre is equipped with a fitness facility, an outdoor swimming pool and general interest programs for all ages. If you are looking for some outdoor activities, you can purchase a Bocce membership and play in the afternoons and evenings. So go and check the community centre out and enjoy your summer days. Visit: toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/642/

Another recreation centre close to home is the Carmine Stefano Centre located in the Sheppard Ave. and Weston area. This community recreation centre offers a wide range of activities that include fitness, art, music, dance social, sports and other programs. Check to see if there is still availability for day camp and sign your kids up for a week full of fun and adventure. Visit: toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/350/

This time of year, kids are playing outside and need to refresh on safety and road rules. Parents should take a few minutes to ensure that kids are observant and know where to safely ride their bikes by staying away from trafficked areas. Riders should know proper signalling gestures and that all bike equipment is in working order, especially the bell to use as a warning to pedestrians when riding along a path.

For more safety tips please visit the Toronto Police Service website: torontopolice.on.ca/crimeprevention/bicyclesafety.php

Have a great summer!


Sandra Farina