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If Toronto city council accepts a proposal from a Calgary businessman, a new cedar hedge maze will be built on Centre Island this fall.

William Meany, who once ran Repo Man and Repo Depo, has offered $200,000 to rebuild the attraction in a better location so children will be able to run through it like he once did.

In 1967, 3.7-m (12-ft) Eastern cedars were planted in a series of right angles to honour Canada’s centennial. In 2011, about 3000 of the trees lost sunlight due to 15-m (49-ft) tall Japanese Zelkova trees, and the maze became unrepairable. Costing the city $15,000 annually in maintenance, the maze was dug up.

The maze, which measured about 50 m2 (538 sf), was the only one of its kind in the city. If the proposal is accepted, the new maze would be named after Meany and will be planted about 10 m (33 ft) north of the old site, away from the shade of the mature trees, Warren Hoselton, parks supervisor on the island, told the Toronto Star. The shrubs used will be in the 2-m (6.6-m) range so they are tall enough to produce an instant maze.

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