Canada Day Celebrations in Riverdale Park
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Jun 26, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Canada Day Celebrations in Riverdale Park

Toronto-Danforth politicians host open house at St. Matthews Lawn Bowling Club

Beach Mirror
By Rebecca Field

It’s the annual Neighbours Together celebration at Riverdale Park this Canada Day Monday.

Celebrations will kick off at noon with the National Anthem and flag raising by the local Boy Scout troupe.

“We celebrate being Canadian together and all the great things our country has to offer,” said Toronto-Danforth Councillor Paula Fletcher whose office is sponsoring the event with fellow political Toronto-Danforth representatives MP Craig Scott and MPP Peter Tabuns.

“There are many different ways that people celebrate either in large park settings or in just small gatherings on neighbourhood streets,” said Fletcher. “Whatever they do it’s to honour an amazing country that we live in.”

“We have an amazing corner of that country in the east end of Toronto.”

There will be performances throughout the day, along with award presentations for prominent members of the community, and a big cake.

Representatives from Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre, Woodgreen Community Services, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce (East Toronto), among others, will also be at the event.

“I’m hoping to join a dance group for Gangnam Style,” said Fletcher. “We all come together and have a pretty exciting day there.”

Community members are also invited to an open house at St. Matthews Lawn Bowling Club, which was moved as part of Bridgepoint’s redevelopment, and designated a Heritage Site by the City of Toronto.

The club house, a classic piece of Riverdale history, is in its permanent new home located in Riverdale Park at Broadview, opposite Langley Ave. The restoration was completed in 2011. The Parks and Trees Foundation will be moving into the clubhouse in July.

“It’s a new milestone for them having a place in the city,” said Fletcher. “We hope it will be a hub for greater things in Toronto’s parks.”

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