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Public Vote on Proposed Dieppe Park Modifications

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The City of Toronto recently announced proposed modifications to Dieppe Park (HERE), which will see the free, publically accessible, open-space field area transformed into an artificial-turfed, fenced-in, locked-down, sport field for use only by permit holders during designated hours.

While investments in improving parks and sport facilities are welcomed, these proposed changes represent a move in the wrong direction, and will in reality serve to DISCOURAGE involvement in physical activity and the pursuit of a healthy, active lifestyle for the people of East York.Enjoy pick-up soccer with your friends? Or tossing the Frisbee around? Or relay races and sprints? Flying a kite? Throwing the ball? Being active? Generally using the park space? Not in Dieppe Park you don’t. That’s the message the City of Toronto is sending with these changes, and that will be the reality upon completion of the proposed modifications.

The solution to the physical inactivity crisis plaguing Toronto (and it is a crisis, with 46.2% of adults considered obese according to the latest Toronto Vital Signs Report) is not MORE STRUCTURED sport opportunities, BIGGER and BETTER playing surfaces, and increased EXCLUSIVITY. In fact, it’s the opposite. We need to promote increased physical activity throughout the day and more unstructured play opportunities – you know, the types of activities kids, youth, and adults can use a public park for.

The message sent by the latest Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card  is clear: sport and recreation in Canada are OVERDEVELOPED. The report’s authors argued for less structure, stating:

“To increase daily physical activity levels for all kids, we must encourage the accumulation of physical activity throughout a child’s day, and consider a mix of opportunities...In some cases, we may need to step back and do less. Developed societies such as Canada must acknowledge that children need room to move.”

Please consider signing this petition as a demonstration that the people of East York, both children and adults, are committed to protecting their room to move in Dieppe Park.

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