08/15/2000

Toronto, Ont., August 15, 2000. The Town of Caledon has won a Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Awards Certificate of Merit in recognition of innovative achievement for Flipside - its travelling youth centre and skateboard park.
The P.J. Marshall Awards is an annual competitive process, with submissions by Ontario municipalities judged on their creativity and success in implementing new, more cost effective ways of providing public services and facilities.

"These awards provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the creativity of Ontario=s municipalities as they strive to deliver increasingly efficient, effective municipal services," said Michael Power, President of AMO. "The winning projects are providing real benefits to local communities -  from cost savings, to service improvements, to job creation."

The Town of Caledon's 'Flipside' is a mobile skatepark with a package of ramps that can be used by all levels of skateboarders. It has brought youth, parents and business together and has resulted in the formation of Caledon Youth Services. Its success has also led to the decision to market mobile skateparks to other municipalities. To date, nine mobile skateparks have been sold across Ontario, and interest has been demonstrated from across North America.

"Flipside is a terrific recreation innovation," said Power . "It's an excellent example of how to support youth and fitness while producing revenue for the municipality." Power further stated that it is a longstanding tradition for municipalities to share ideas and learn from each other.

Five municipalities won the 2000 Marshall Awards, which included two plaques and three certificates of merit. The Awards were presented on August 15 at AMO's annual conference, which was held at the Ottawa Congress Centre in Ottawa from August 13 to August 16. More than 1,700 municipal politicians and staff attended the conference. The awards are sponsored by AMO, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Municipal Finance Officers Association, the Association of Municipal Administrators, the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerk and Treasurers of Ontario, and the Canada Council for Public-Private Partnerships.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 95 per cent of Ontario's population. The mandate of AMO is to promote, support and enhance strong and effective municipal government in Ontario. 

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