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Open Streets TO readies Toronto street promotion

Urban recreation organization Open Streets TO is preparing to conduct an initiative by which a temporary public park will be created in downtown Toronto. The initiative will be conducted in association with the City of Toronto and will take place on sections of Bloor and Yonge Streets on Aug. 19 and Sept. 16. On those dates, parts of the streets will be closed to vehicles in an effort to encourage members of the community to interact with each other. In addition, 5,000 square-feet of grass will be installed near the Yonge and Bloor intersection. The installation will include play areas, street furniture and yoga classes conducted by program sponsor Lululemon. Other sponsors include CentreCourt, the Downtown Toronto BIA, 8 80 Cities and Bennet Jones.

"Open Streets is about getting out, being active and connecting people in the city without the barriers and stresses created by vehicle traffic," said David Simor, spokesperson for Open Streets TO. "We are ecstatic to be back for our fifth year, offering Torontonians a chance to experience our beloved city in ways they never could before. We are excited to appeal to participants young and old and to bring together Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods in a celebration of physical activity and unity."

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