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City identifies zoos, pools slated for closure, rinks that face reduced ice time

The city has released the names of the 10 arenas that it is proposing to close during off-peak hours to save $260,000 in its 2012 operating budget.

The standalone arenas, of the 22 city-wide that are not connected to community centres, are: Long Branch, Chris Tonks, Bayview, Lambton, Habitant, Commander Park RC, Phil White, Pine Point, John Booth and Baycrest.

The closures between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday will have the greatest impact on the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board who account for 55 per cent of the hours booked at the rinks during these hours, the report says.

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City-run High Park Zoo, and the Far Enough Farm on Centre Island are also on the chopping block, with the city estimating that closing them would save about $225,000.

Seven TDSB pools have also been selected for closure, including: Bedford Park CC, Frankland Cc, Gordon A. Brown MS, Hillcrest CC, Runnymede CI, S.H. Armstrong CRC and Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI.

The seven pools account for 7.5 per cent of the total 645,000 visits to the TDSB's 33 pools, according to the Parks, Forestry and Recreation report. Also on the chopping block are two of the city's 59 outdoor pools, Fairhaven and Stanley Park, for a savings of $97,000, and five of the city's 106 wading pools – MacGregor Playground, Fred Hamilton Playground, Alexandra Playground, Wellesley Park and Kempton Howard Park – for a savings of $60,000.

For more on the program cuts go to: http://www.toronto.ca/budget2012/pdf/pfr_service_locns.pdf

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