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High Park

Location: Toronto, Ontario

With over one million visitors annually, High Park is the jewel of Toronto's park system. It is the largest park entirely within Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It spans 161 hectares (398 acres, 1.61 kmē). It is a mixed recreational and natural park, with sporting facilities, cultural facilities, educational facilities, gardens, playgrounds and a zoo. One third of the park remains in a natural state, with a rare oak savannah ecology. more ...

The Jamie Bell Adventure Playground sign, High Park

This photo is of the information sign at the entrance to the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground in High Park. The sign reads, "The Jamie Bell Adventure Playground. Welcome to the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground / This a very special playground. Children contributed to the design by drawing their ideas of a dream playground. Then in the spring of 1998, children worked alongside parents, teachers and volunteers to build the Adventure Playground. In 1999, they added the Big Slide. / The artwork you see here was created by children and adult volunteers. They celebated High Park's natural environment, social history and local architecture. / This playground was part of a plan to revitalize family use of High Park and improve park user safety. The playground could not have been build without the High Park Citizens' Advisory Committee, the City of Toronto Parks and Recreation Department and Robert Leathers Architects, a firm specializing in community-built playgrounds. / Jamie Bell, was the General Co-ordinator of the High Park Adventure Committee. He first raised the idea of a community-built playground in High Park and he worked very hard to make the High park Adventure Playground, as it was called, a reality. He died in the fall of 2002. To honour his memory, the playground's name was changed to The Jamie Bell Adventure Playground in 2003."

GPS: 43 deg 38' 35.53" N, 79 deg 27' 26.85" W (43.6432028, -79.4574583)

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