Toronto offering free sunscreen at five city parks

Community Aug 02, 2017 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

In a bid to protect Toronto’s park users from harmful UV rays, the city has partnered with the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund and the Douglas Wright Foundation to offer free sunscreen in select city parks.

The pilot program will see dispensers set up in Kew Gardens, Sherbourne Common, HTO Park, Harbour Square Park and Little Norway Park. The two foundations will cover the costs of the pilot project and ensure the dispensers – similar to hand sanitizer dispensers – are refilled when needed, with the city providing locations and additional administrative support.

Launched on Wednesday, Aug. 2, the project will see six dispensers located across the five parks, which are near or along the city’s waterfront. Kew Gardens will have two dispensers, while the remaining four parks will have one apiece.

"The lakeside Martin Goodman Trail and our beautiful waterfront parks are a magnet for all Torontonians and visitors who want to enjoy the outdoors and Lake Ontario," said Beaches-East York Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, who chairs the City's Parks and Environment Committee. "We encourage park and trail users to enjoy our common grounds safely, and that includes sun safety."

Danielle Patterson, executive director of the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund, said the project is designed to keep sun safety front of mind and make sure people have easy access to sunscreen while enjoying the outdoors in the city.

"Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Canada," she said. "Melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, is one of the fastest rising cancers in Canada. Fortunately, skin cancer is largely preventable, by protecting your skin from the sun with shade, long clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.”

The pilot project is slated to run through August and September and could be expanded to other parks if it proves to be successful.

“We’re eager to see how the public receives it and how it works operationally for us,” said Patterson. “Parks are obviously a great way to engage with people and to offer free sunscreen to help people protect themselves from the sun when they’re out enjoying the summer.”

For more information, visit www.besunsafe.ca

Toronto offering free sunscreen at five city parks

Pilot runs at Kew Gardens, Sherbourne Common, HTO Park, Harbour Square Park, Little Norway Park

Community Aug 02, 2017 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

In a bid to protect Toronto’s park users from harmful UV rays, the city has partnered with the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund and the Douglas Wright Foundation to offer free sunscreen in select city parks.

The pilot program will see dispensers set up in Kew Gardens, Sherbourne Common, HTO Park, Harbour Square Park and Little Norway Park. The two foundations will cover the costs of the pilot project and ensure the dispensers – similar to hand sanitizer dispensers – are refilled when needed, with the city providing locations and additional administrative support.

Launched on Wednesday, Aug. 2, the project will see six dispensers located across the five parks, which are near or along the city’s waterfront. Kew Gardens will have two dispensers, while the remaining four parks will have one apiece.

"The lakeside Martin Goodman Trail and our beautiful waterfront parks are a magnet for all Torontonians and visitors who want to enjoy the outdoors and Lake Ontario," said Beaches-East York Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, who chairs the City's Parks and Environment Committee. "We encourage park and trail users to enjoy our common grounds safely, and that includes sun safety."

Danielle Patterson, executive director of the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund, said the project is designed to keep sun safety front of mind and make sure people have easy access to sunscreen while enjoying the outdoors in the city.

"Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Canada," she said. "Melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, is one of the fastest rising cancers in Canada. Fortunately, skin cancer is largely preventable, by protecting your skin from the sun with shade, long clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.”

The pilot project is slated to run through August and September and could be expanded to other parks if it proves to be successful.

“We’re eager to see how the public receives it and how it works operationally for us,” said Patterson. “Parks are obviously a great way to engage with people and to offer free sunscreen to help people protect themselves from the sun when they’re out enjoying the summer.”

For more information, visit www.besunsafe.ca

Toronto offering free sunscreen at five city parks

Pilot runs at Kew Gardens, Sherbourne Common, HTO Park, Harbour Square Park, Little Norway Park

Community Aug 02, 2017 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

In a bid to protect Toronto’s park users from harmful UV rays, the city has partnered with the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund and the Douglas Wright Foundation to offer free sunscreen in select city parks.

The pilot program will see dispensers set up in Kew Gardens, Sherbourne Common, HTO Park, Harbour Square Park and Little Norway Park. The two foundations will cover the costs of the pilot project and ensure the dispensers – similar to hand sanitizer dispensers – are refilled when needed, with the city providing locations and additional administrative support.

Launched on Wednesday, Aug. 2, the project will see six dispensers located across the five parks, which are near or along the city’s waterfront. Kew Gardens will have two dispensers, while the remaining four parks will have one apiece.

"The lakeside Martin Goodman Trail and our beautiful waterfront parks are a magnet for all Torontonians and visitors who want to enjoy the outdoors and Lake Ontario," said Beaches-East York Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, who chairs the City's Parks and Environment Committee. "We encourage park and trail users to enjoy our common grounds safely, and that includes sun safety."

Danielle Patterson, executive director of the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund, said the project is designed to keep sun safety front of mind and make sure people have easy access to sunscreen while enjoying the outdoors in the city.

"Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Canada," she said. "Melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, is one of the fastest rising cancers in Canada. Fortunately, skin cancer is largely preventable, by protecting your skin from the sun with shade, long clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.”

The pilot project is slated to run through August and September and could be expanded to other parks if it proves to be successful.

“We’re eager to see how the public receives it and how it works operationally for us,” said Patterson. “Parks are obviously a great way to engage with people and to offer free sunscreen to help people protect themselves from the sun when they’re out enjoying the summer.”

For more information, visit www.besunsafe.ca