Join Friends of High Park Zoo’s New Initiative: 120 Years of High Park Zoo
- High Park Zoo is celebrating 120 years in 2013
- Following our successful Honey Family Foundation Matching Initiative (raising $103,387), support Friends of High Park Zoo’s 120 YEARS OF HIGH PARK ZOO Initiative
- Help us ensure High Park Zoo is around for another 120 years. Friends of High Park Zoo needs to raise $228,000 for zoo operations in 2013
- Donate online through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation to ensure that High Park Zoo is here for another 120 years
TORONTO, August 27, 2013 – Friends of High Park Zoo today announces the launch of our new initiative: 120 Years of High Park Zoo. Our successful Honey Family Foundation Matching initiative which concluded on June 15, 2013 raised $103,387 since January 12, 2013. With additional funds raised subsequently, the goal for our 120 Years of High Park Zoo initiative is to raise $120,000 to, in aggregate, raise the $228,000 needed for the Zoo’s continued operations and enhancement to the Zoo.
Our 120 Years of High Park Zoo initiative will not only celebrate the longevity and legacy of High Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in North America and one where admission is free, it will seek support from the thousands of visitors who enjoy the Zoo each year to ensure it is here for at least another 120 years. Funds to operate the Zoo were provided by the City of Toronto through two World Wars, the Great Depression and all through the economic ups and downs of the last half century. Only in 2012 did the City eliminate funding for the Zoo. Since then Friends of High Park Zoo has stepped in to raise the funds to keep the Zoo operating. However, we continue to need the support of the Zoo’s visitors and the residents of Toronto.
Friends of High Park Zoo’s 120 Years of High Park Zoo initiative will focus on two factors. Firstly, we need the support of thousands of visitors and residents to help ensure we get the Zoo’s operating costs back into the City’s budget for 2014. Please sign our petition (physical or online) to ensure the City is aware of our request. Secondly, we need to raise $120,000 to ensure the Zoo is around for another 120 years. Please continue to support High Park Zoo by donating through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. In the coming weeks we will announce more activities, events and further support.
Thank you once again to the Honey Family Foundation for their $50,000 match for 2013. With the support of visitors from Toronto and beyond we reached, in fact surpassed, that goal,b says Councillor Sarah Doucette, who is an ex-officio board member of Friends of High Park Zoo. bNow we are looking to make sure the zoo is around for another 120 years by asking residents to sign the petition asking the City to restore the funding of the Zoo in the 2014 budget. With restored funding any extra funds that Friends of High Park Zoo has raised will then be used to enhance the Zoo.b
Friends of High Park Zoo note that supporting the Zoo for visitors has become easier this summer thanks to Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation’s Donation Station program. The two stations in High Park are located outside the Llama Pen and outside the Grenadier CafC). These specifically programmed parking machines, which accept cash or credit cards, will immediately issue supporters of High Park Zoo a printed voucher. This voucher can then be redeemed online for a charitable tax receipt for donations over $10.