The City of Toronto, the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund and the Douglas Wright Foundation have partnered on a public health pilot project to provide free sunscreen in select City parks.
Based on successful programs in U.S. parks, the Health Canada-approved sunscreen is available in dispensers, similar to hand sanitizer dispensers. Crews provided by the melanoma foundations will maintain and stock the dispensers through the trial. The two foundations are covering all costs, with the City providing locations and administrative support.
The pilot project launched yesterday with six dispensers in five parks. If successful, expansion of the project is planned. The pilot project's social media hashtag is #besunsafe. A project website, besunsafe.ca, provides more information about the pilot project, sun safety tips and a map. Dispensers are located in these parks, often close to the waterfront trail:
- Kew Gardens Park
- Sherbourne Common, south
- Harbour Square Park
- HTO Park, east
- Little Norway Park