On July 16, 2014, Georgia Grace Walsh, our beloved 6½-year-old daughter, stepped off the curb on a green light and within seconds her life tragically came to a sudden end.
Georgia's accident struck a chord with families across the GTA; Georgia could have been anyone's child. But we don't want this terrible fate to send the message that your children aren't safe in their own neighbourhood or that your kids can't leave home without you.
Trace Manes Playground was a place that was dear to Georgia's heart. To pay tribute to Georgia and her love of outdoor play, we can't imagine a better way to give back than to revitalize the existing deteriorating Trace Manes Playground.
Playgrounds are a vital asset to any community and we want to ensure that they continue to develop the minds of the future through vital outdoor play while uniting friends, neighbours and families.
In addition to creating a state-of-the-art playground as a lasting memorial to Georgia Walsh, Trace Manes Park is greatly in need of improvement. One of our community's biggest concerns is keeping our kids as safe as possible, which is why this initiative is vital. After years of rigorous (and loving) wear and tear, this playground is falling into a state of disrepair. It will only continue to deteriorate as it ages, jeopardizing an essential community resource vital to our children's health and development. Here is what our $1.2 million fundraising goal will achieve:
PLAY has been called the BUSINESS of CHILDHOOD. Play is imperative for the healthy emotional, mental, physical and social well-being of our children.
Compared to the 1970s, children now spend 50% less time in unstructured outdoor activities
46% of Canadian kids get 3 hours or less of active play per week, including weekends
63% of Canadian kids' free time after school and on weekends is spent being sedentary
92% of Canadian children said they would choose playing with friends over watching TV
The proportion of Canadian kids who play outside after school dropped 14% over the last decade
Only 7% of Canadian children & youth meet the guidelines for 60 minutes of physical activity a day
Canadian kids get a D minus for overall physical activity, according to ParticipACTION's latest annual report card
Our city is facing an 85-year replacement cycle on playgrounds (Calgary has an 18-year replacement cycle)
Trace Manes Playground is not even on the 10-year replacement list, which means it will continue to decline as a vital community resource
The City of Toronto is currently $310 million dollars behind in its state-of-good-repair targets for parks, community centres and green space
$25,001 to $50,000
$10,001 to $25,000
$5,000 to $10,000
Our dedicated multidisciplinary committee is working to ensure that all initiatives that celebrate the life of Georgia Walsh and all fundraising are done with professionalism, integrity and compassion. All committee members are volunteers donating their time and expertise to this cause.
We have partnered with Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation to ensure that we respect every penny that you donate. Close to 100% of funds raised will go directly to the project.
Founded in 2002, the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is a charitable public foundation dedicated to enhancing Toronto's parks. The Foundation promotes philanthropy, corporate support and community involvement to achieve a range of enhancements to the parks system that can no longer be achieved through City of Toronto funding alone.