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Terry Fox is a Canadian hero and Toronto is set to transform its waterfront to honour him.

Thanks to Toronto City Council's authorization and an anonymous donation, The Legacy Art Project has found its permanent home in Toronto.

This community-led and volunteer-driven organization is creating a permanent public art and landscape installation which has been inspired by Terry Fox's legacy.

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The generous donation added momentum to the project plans and sets an early pace for fundraising efforts to build a world-class, public gathering space in honour of Fox.

It will be located on Toronto's central waterfront at Queen's Quay West, next to the renowned Toronto Music Garden, situated mere footsteps from Fox's Marathon of Hope route through Toronto.

Its intentions are to inspire Torontonians and visitors alike, by reflecting Terry Fox’s legacy of hope, determination, and action through art and landscape.

Leslie Scrivener, Terry's official biographer and project co-lead says, “After years of lobbying, we are excited to have found the perfect home for the Legacy Art Project, which is built on the spirit of courage and action that Terry Fox embodied. This finally fulfills a long-held dream of Terry Fox’s parents.”

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The privately-funded project will engage partners and collaborators in both the public and private sectors including City of Toronto, Toronto Foundation, Toronto Parks & Trees Foundation and Waterfront Toronto, as well as philanthropists, planners, architects and dedicated volunteers.

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Councillor Joe Cressy, who championed the motion says, "It is with pride that Toronto City Council authorizes this site on the waterfront for the Legacy Art Project inspired by Terry Fox.

"The long-standing commitment, vision, and dedication of this team promise to deliver a beautiful public gathering place to Toronto celebrating the inspirational legacy of Terry Fox."

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The design for the final installation will emerge from a juried public art competition, focus groups and community consultations.

It's expected to be completed by early 2020 and will help mark the 40th Anniversary of Terry's historic run.

If you would like to help with the Project's efforts visit: The Toronto Foundation.