May 9 (Canadian-Media): The publication of a new book entitled 'An Enduring Wilderness: Toronto's Natural Parkland' was announced today by the City of Toronto. The book describes about the natural parkland and ravine system with which more than 4,000 hectares across the city are covered, media reports said.
Robert Burley, the photographer and six accomplished writers, including Toronto Poet Laureate Anne Michaels were responsible for the production of this book as well as for an associated photographic exhibition. They collaborated to celebrate Toronto's natural parklands and highlighting their important role by providing residents access to forests, wetlands, beaches, bluffs, creeks and rivers, a news release said.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said, "Robert Burley has beautifully captured the natural parts of our city that offer Torontonians respite. As our city continues to grow, it is important that we take the time to enjoy these spaces and protect them for future generations."
The exhibits of these photographs and stories complement other important City initiatives such as the beautiful natural o the mouth of the Don River, the creation of Rouge National Urban Park and the present planning for the future Rail Deck Park.
"An Enduring Wilderness is part of an ongoing conversation we are having with the residents of Toronto about the importance of ravines and natural parklands to our quality of life," said Jennifer Keesmaat, the City of Toronto's Chief Planner. "There's a balance we work to maintain between urban intensification and maintaining and creating those green spaces that are necessary for a high quality of life."
Janie Romoff, General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation said "Our parks and ravines are our common grounds, and we have shared responsibility to care for, protect and restore these natural spaces. The City's upcoming Ravine Strategy aims to guide the use, management, enhancement and protection of our ravine system today and into the future."
The book is available for purchase through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (torontoparksandtrees.ca) and at local bookstores for $56.50 (including HST). A portion of the purchase price goes to the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. Copies are also available for loan from local branches of the Toronto Public Library.
An exhibition of photos from the book is currently taking place as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (bit.ly/2pfP9r3). The exhibit runs through May 26 at the John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay St. The gallery is located on the ground floor of the Macdonald Block (southwest corner of Bay and Wellesley Streets). The building and the gallery are wheelchair accessible.
The following free panel discussions taking place at the John B. Aird Gallery this month are open to the public:
• Tuesday, May 9, 5 to 6 p.m.: Enduring Photographs: Robert Burley in conversation with Toronto's Photo Laureate Geoffrey James
• Saturday, May 13, 1 to 3 p.m.: Toronto's Natural Parklands in the new Millennium: the role of natural parklands in building a great city
• Saturday, May 20, 1 to 3 p.m.: Enduring Wilderness/Nature in the City: Exploring the complex relation