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Toronto YMCA unveils green roof

September 11, 2009
TORONTO, ON, Canada — A short 4 months after the Metro Central YMCA announced plans to build a green roof atop their facility, the fruits of their labor have been unveiled, according to the Torontoist.
Though it won''t be very "green" until the plants fill out next spring, the roof will be teeming with life as people use the running track that covers the perimeter and designated open spaces for yoga, stretching or simply relaxing, the story stated.
According to the story, upon reviewing suggestions from 2,500 members, the YMCA revised their final selection to make room for more trees and seating, as well as incorporating raised edging on the track to assist the visually impaired.
The majority of materials used on the roof, which had to be carried up by hand from the forth floor because the service elevator does not go to the roof, are sustainable and made from recycled products, the story noted.
Though the roof is, for the most part, finished, crews continue to work and add finishing touches to give the roof a less synthetic, more realistic feel, the story added.
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