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Toronto Parking Authority-Green P "Grows Greener"

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/25/14 -- The Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) today announced new initiatives that support Green P's objective of making the communities they serve more vibrant and livable, and that strengthen their reputation as an environmentally sensitive organization.

Inspired by Earth Day, members of the TPA were joined by Toronto City Officials and Toronto citizens at Yonge - Dundas Square for an event that showcased Green P's Growing Greener initiatives.

"Our goal is to create a city-wide network of community-centric parking locations," said TPA President Lorne Persiko. "We believe it is important to do our part for a greener, cleaner environment, but we also want our parking lots to reflect the communities in which they are located. We're proud of our green record and excited to take it to the next level."

Green P's already established efforts for a cleaner, greener environment, including the Tree Advocacy Planting Program, use of renewable solar energy, and funding of bicycle parking rings, will now grow greener with the introduction of these new initiatives.

Green P+ (Plus)

The TPA introduced the Green P+ program. Green P+ lots will be Community Hub spaces designed with input from local businesses, residents, and community leaders. Through strategic design initiatives to existing and future Green P lots, the objective is to build and operate select Green P + lots that meet or exceed community needs over and above that of a regular Green P space.

Lots will reflect particular neighbourhoods, as was done with the Zhong Hua Men Archway at Carpark 146 at Broadview and Gerrard. They could for example, include public art installations, support Business Improvement Area needs and, provide for community special events such as bazaars, farmers markets, and entertainment areas.

"Toronto Parking Authority is proud to be an integral part of the communities in which we operate," said TPA Board Member Darius Mosun. "Green P+ solidifies our ongoing support of local Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) and helps our carparks become a hub that connects residents, visitors, artists and local businesses."

Electric Charging Stations

In collaboration with Precise ParkLink and Eaton Canada, the TPA launched a five-year plan that will see the installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations throughout Toronto. The new Electric Charge Logo will be prominently displayed at the applicable Green P lots.

Arts for Children & Youth

The TPA & Precise ParkLink have partnered with Arts for Children and Youth to help create an aesthetically pleasing charging area. A number of young artists entered their green themed artwork in a bid to have their art chosen for display in the Yonge-Dundas Square charging area. Two finalists were chosen and a vote by the public will determine the winning piece. Voting will take place on Facebook at GreenPGrows Greener or twitter at #GreenPGoesGreen until July 1. Precise ParkLink is providing the winning artist a grant toward continuing their studies with Arts for Children and Youth.

Bike Share Toronto

In an effort to highlight the recently re-introduced Bike Share Toronto many attendees joined the TPA organized bike ride, which departed at Nathan Phillips Square, to make their way to the event.

About the TPA:

The Toronto Parking Authority is a self-sustaining public corporation owned by the City of Toronto. It contributes significant revenues to the City's general reserves while successfully meeting its mandate to provide safe, attractive, conveniently located and competitively priced off and on-street public parking, required by commercial strips and neighbouring residential areas to survive. Recognized as a world leader in parking technology services the Parking Authority has been successful in ensuring that businesses in these areas continue to grow and the neighbourhoods remain vibrant.

About Precise ParkLink

Precise ParkLink Inc. is the Canadian company behind the Pay and Display parking machines that revolutionized on and off-street parking. Our commitment to bring cutting edge technology, managed services, outstanding performance and reliability to the forefront, are the key ingredients to our success. Our mission is to offer our customers cost effective, fully integrated parking solutions while ensuring a return on investment and growth rate consistent with current management guidelines. Precise ParkLink Inc. is the Canadian company behind the Pay and Display parking machines that revolutionized on and off-street parking.

About Eaton Canada

Eaton's electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today's most critical electrical power management challenges. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably.

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