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About Georgia

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.

Trace Manes Playground rejuvenation project

The Trace Manes PLAYGROUND Rejuvenation Project In memory of Georgia Walsh

Please join us in Building a Safe Community, One Park at a Time – a vital outdoor resource for the health and development of our children.

Why Donate?

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 million fundraising goal will achieve:

  • NEW Splash Pad – reducing deep-water risks
  • NEW Fully Fenced-in Park – reducing children's access to the road
  • NEW Special Needs Equipment – inclusive to everyone
  • NEW Rubberized Surface – creating wheelchair accessibility
  • NEW Playground Equipment – accommodating a broader age range
  • NEW Shade Structures – providing sun protection
  • NEW Seating Area – increasing comfort and enjoyment

Further information on donor list and benefits 

Existing Features
Completed Park (preliminary drawings)

YOUR DONATION CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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DID YOU KNOW

The biggest risk is KEEPING KIDS INDOORS

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

WHY WE NEED PRIVATE FUNDS FOR A CITY PARK

FACT #1

Our city is facing an 85-year replacement cycle on playgrounds (Calgary has an 18-year replacement cycle)

FACT #2

Trace Manes Playground is not even on the 10-year replacement list, which means it will continue to decline as a vital community resource

FACT #3

The City of Toronto is currently $310 million dollars behind in its state-of-good-repair targets for parks, community centres and green space

Platinum Donors

$50,001+

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Gold Donors

$25,001 to $50,000

Martha Rogers
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Silver Donors

$10,001 to $25,000

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Bronze Donors

$5,000 to $10,000

Sean & Stacey Francis
Mark & Vanessa Mulroney
The Jackman Family
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OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

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.

  • Alex Moorehead
  • Amoryn Engel
  • David Klein
  • John Carmichael
  • Mark & Sarah Wellings
  • Paul Pathak

Our Partner

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.