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Mc Cleary Playground Community Build Day

-TORONTO- On Thursday September 17, McCleary Playground at Queen Street East and McGee St will become Canada

>’s first Natural Playground to be built in a  public park.

At 9:30 am sharp, residents, Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff and volunteers from ING Direct Canada will roll up their sleeves and participate in a day of building and beautifying McCleary playground.  Natural Playgrounds incorporate elements of nature, music and waterplay to create a stimulating, holistic environment for children.

A generous donation from ING Direct, in collaboration with Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds,  has made this day possible.

 “I am thrilled that such an innovative playground will become part of our community, “ says Councillor Paula Fletcher.  “We  want people to come out and join us for a fun and very productive day.

A community consultation was held in late August so residents could offer feedback on the play elements and those suggestions were incorporated into the design. Bienenstock Natural playgrounds use natural features like rolling green landscapes, climbing boulders, slides embedded in hills and tree stumps for seating and tables.  

“There will be musical instruments, climbers, and a mister in the trees to cool children off,” says Fletcher. “It’s a wonderful place for children to learn and play and will be enjoyed for many years to come.”

Volunteers  are meeting at McCleary Playground at 9:30 am for orientation.

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