FoHPZ Welcomes Runners

Friends of High Park Zoo

Welcomes Runners from The World, Come Cheer with Us

  • Friends of High Park Zoo welcome runners from across Toronto, Canada and the world
  • Fun for the Whole Family. Cheer on 25,000 Runners. Free, Live Entertainment & Refreshments
  • Raffles for great prizes including a Danier Leather Jacket
  • Ellis Ave. & Lakeshore Blvd. Sunday October 20, 2013, 8:45 am-11:15 am

TORONTO, October 8, 2013
Friends of High Park Zoo on behalf of the neighbourhood of Swansea-Bloor West Village-High Park is pleased to invite everyone to our Neighborhood Cheering Section for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday October 20, 2013.

We invite everyone to celebrate the Zoo’s 120th year with us by cheering runners at the Scotiabank Marathon. Bring the family down to Ellis Ave. & Lakeshore Blvd., at the 13K mark and cheer on 25,000 runners as they race through our neighbourhood. There will be free entertainment, including singers, dancers and a DJ, and refreshments.

Come help us be the best Neighbourhood Cheering Centre by cheering our Neighbourhood Champions and the thousands of runners. There are cash prizes (as determined by a panel of celebrity judges) for the best Cheering Centre based on the most people, most noise, best costumes and best entertainment. We will have thundersticks, pom-poms and cow bells to help us amp it up at NCE #3.

High Park Zoo costs only $228,000 a year to operate and is a long-standing family tradition in Toronto b in fact it has been for 120 years. The Zoo began as a deer pen and bird aviary in 1893 at a time when gas lamps lit the city streets and Torontobs streetcars where pulled by horses. Today the Zoo is the gem of High Park and attracts over 400,000 visitors annually (more than double the population of Toronto in 1893) and is older than prominent Toronto landmarks such as Massey Hall and Old City Hall. Friends of High Park Zoo has been raising the funds required to keep the Zoo operating after the City of Toronto cut funding for the Zoo in 2012.

Our most recent awareness and fundraising initiative celebrates 120 years of High Park Zoo and is two-fold: webre seeking support from the Zoobs visitors by signing a petition to keep the Zoo open and we hope to raise $120,000 to cover the remainder of the Zoo annual operating cost. As of the end of September we still needed to raise $65,000 to meet this goal. With the support of a growing petition of nearly 25,000 visitors we are pressing to partner with the City to restore operating funding while we raise funds to make much-needed capital investments at the Zoo.

In addition cheering with us on Sunday October 20th, there are two ways to support Friends of High Park Zoo for the 2013 Scotiabank Marathon:

(1) Pledge a donation now to support one of our Neighbourhood Champions (High Park NCE3) for the October 20th race:

(2) Make a donation directly to Friends of High Park Zoo through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (our partner and registered charity):