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Sprawling park picked for G20 protesters

Residents and business owners near Trinity Bellwoods Park are expressing a range of emotions from curious to concerned following the news that the sprawling 37-acre park in the west end has been designated as the official protest area for the G20 summit on the June 26-27 weekend.

Residents and business owners near Trinity Bellwoods Park are expressing a range of emotions from curious to concerned following the news that the sprawling 37-acre park in the west end has been designated as the official protest area for the G20 summit on the June 26-27 weekend.

Ringed by single-family homes, the park is a magnet for dog owners, couples seeking a nice stroll, performance artists, sporty types wanting to play tennis, baseball, cricket, soccer — you name it. But it’s never been the site of an event like this one, which is expected to draw thousands of protesters objecting to globalization and pushing various causes.

Const. George Tucker with the G20 security team said other areas were considered, including Nathan Philips Square and Clarence Square, but Trinity Bellwoods was ultimately chosen for its size and because it was available.

 
 
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