The City of Toronto’s Live Green Toronto program has awarded a grant to the Sorauren Park Town Square project through its 2012 Capital Projects Fund.
The non-profit, community-based Wabash Building Society (WBS), which advocates for the completion of Sorauren Avenue Park in Ward 14, filed the successful grant application. The Live Green Toronto grant will provide up to a maximum of $125,000 for the Town Square project, subject to the following conditions:
- $40,000 of the grant is contingent on the WBS achieving its community Purchase A Paver fundraising goal of $40,000; and
- $85,000 is contingent on the WBS securing matching funds from other funding organizations.
“We’re thrilled with this support and the matching-grant approach of Live Green Toronto,” says WBS volunteer chair Doug Bennet. “This means we’ll be able to leverage the funding to eventually secure $250,000, rather than having a single $125,000 grant.”
Thanks to strong community support, the Purchase A Paver campaign is well on its way to reaching its $40,000 goal, with more than $22,500 raised to date, and pledges that will substantially increase that total.
As well, the WBS will actively apply to other philanthropic organizations and grant programs. “With the support from Live Green Toronto, the community and our track record of building the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse, we’re very confident of success,” says Bennet. “Every dollar helps us leverage this tremendous commitment from Live Green.”
The Sorauren Park Town Square project will turn vacant industrial land into an animated green space adjacent to Sorauren Avenue Park. The plan includes planting 31 new trees, adding new gardens and green spaces, and creating new community spaces for picnics, performances, the Sorauren Farmers Market and community gatherings.
Sorauren Park in the Roncesvalles Village/Parkdale neighbourhood promotes an active pedestrian- and bike-friendly lifestyle, with the Farmers’ Market (run by the West End Food Co-op) a strong provider of local food.
Live Green Toronto is a component of the City’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan, an environmental framework aimed at reducing Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. The targets and recommendations were unanimously adopted by City Council in July 2007.
Live Green Toronto’s Capital Projects Fund provides partial funding to support community and neighbourhood inspired, on-the-ground, physical projects that will reduce greenhouse gas and smog causing emissions. The goal is to empower Torontonians to take action that cleans our air and reduces the emissions that contribute to climate change.
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