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December 7, 2011
St. James Park sodding to be complete this week
The City of Toronto's efforts to restore the grounds of St. James Park received a generous boost today thanks to Landscape Ontario and the Nursery Sod Growers of Ontario who are donating 12 tractor trailer loads or approximately 11,000 square metres of sod.

In addition to the sod donation, Landscape Ontario and the Nursery Sod Growers of Ontario will work to prepare the grounds and lay the sod at no cost to the City.

"Most of the grounds at St. James Park are muddy and clearly show the damage done by five weeks of wear and tear. This generous donation from Landscape Ontario and the Nursery Sod Growers of Ontario means that the park will be fully sodded by the end of the week. This is a wonderful example of civic leadership," said Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough-Agincourt), Chair of the City's Parks and Environment Committee.

This week's above average temperatures provides the City with an opportunity to install the sod now as it will receive moisture, which will allow for rooting of the sod until the colder temperatures create deep ground frost.

Using sod rather than grass seed to repair the park turf means the park will be fully restored much sooner. Parks staff will assist with the sod installation. Preparatory work at the park has begun today and the sod will be laid on Thursday. The curb lanes on the south side of Adelaide Street East and the north side of King Street East will be closed to accommodate work vehicles, equipment and sod on these two days.

"We're very pleased to help the City return St. James Park to its former beauty quickly. Our members are on board with this and eager to help," said Tony DiGiovanni, Executive Director of Landscape Ontario."Conditions at the park are ideal right now to do this work. By spring the sod will be quite well established and ready for the community to enjoy."

St. Lawrence Market merchants will provide food and beverages to those working at the park throughout the day.

City staff anticipate that spring work will include mixing some grass seed with shade tolerant grass species in the park's shadiest areas, making minor repairs to any damage that arises over the winter, and mulching around tree rings left unsodded.

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