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April 16, 2004
Spring is a great time to plant - community plantings are taking place across Toronto
  
City of Toronto Parks and Recreation is organizing community planting events
and is inviting individuals, families, corporations and community groups to
come out and participate. These community-planting events take place on the
weekend, starting at 10 a.m. and lasting until about noon. All the plant
material and equipment will be provided. Volunteers are asked to dress for the
weather - wear comfortable clothing, sturdy closed-toe shoes and long pants.
Bring sunscreen, drinking water and enthusiasm.

The goal is to put 35,000 pieces of plant material including flowers, grasses,
shrubs and trees -all native species - in the ground this year to help restore
the ecological integrity and stabilize and diversify the city's natural areas.

More than 100 sites representing both small-scale projects and major
restorations have been chosen in various areas throughout the city. Forty-five
community groups have already volunteered to participate.

On May 1 Mayor David Miller, Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, Toronto's Tree
Advocate, and Toronto Parks and Recreation are inviting everyone in Toronto to
take part in Trees Across Toronto to help grow Toronto's urban forest. Both
will join with volunteers at Sun Valley, lower Don Valley.

Residents can participate in Trees Across Toronto in any of the following
ways:

1. Volunteer to plant a tree at one of six sites:

Humberwood Parkland Near Finch Avenue West and Highway 427
Rouge Park Near Meadowvale Avenue and Plug Hat Road
Highland Creek Near Ellesmere and Markham Roads
Earl Bales Park Bathurst Street and Sheppard Avenue West
Sun Valley, lower Don Valley Near O'Connor and Beechwood Drives
Coronation Park Strachan Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard West

2. Buy a tree from your local nursery and plant it on your own property.

3. Plant a virtual tree online at www.toronto.ca/parks and make a donation to
the Toronto Tree Advocacy Planting Program by calling 416-392-1111.

For more information on Trees Across Toronto or any of the other planting
events call,
416-392-LEAF (5323) or visit www.toronto.ca/parks.


Community Planting Schedule for Spring 2004

Saturday, April 17
Toronto Islands Sand Dunes Planting
Meet at 10 a.m. outside the ferry terminal gates, city side (located
immediately west of the Weston Harbour Castle at Queen's Quay and Bay Street).
Ferry ride to Hanlan's Point is free for volunteers. Partners: Toronto Bay
Initiative and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)

Saturday, April 17
Knob Hill Park Tree and Shrub Planting
Located on a Highland Creek tributary, on the east side of Brimley Road,
between Lawrence and Eglinton Avenues East. Partners: TRCA and TREES

Saturday, April 24
Brimley Woods Tree and Shrub Planting and Cleanup
Located on the northeast corner of Finch Avenue East and Brimley Road. Park at
the Francis Liberman High School lot. Partners: TRCA and GTA Wetland Watch

Saturday, April 24
East Don Parklands Tree and Shrub Planting
Located in the East Don Watershed, take the walking trail off of Pineway
Boulevard, north of Finch Avenue East. Meet where the trails cross near the
river. Partner: East Don Parkland Partners

Saturday, April 24
Cedarvale Ravine Tree and Shrub Planting
Plant native trees and shrubs at this new site in a tributary ravine of the
Don. Located in Cedarvale Park, just south of Ava Road. Access from Ava Road,
or follow the path north from Phil White Arena. Please call Keri at
416-392-0373 to sign up for this event. Partners: Task Force to Bring Back the
Don and TRCA

Sunday, April 25
Taylor-Massey Creek Tree and Shrub Planting
Located in Taylor Creek Park. Meet in the west-side parking lot off Dawes Road.
Partners: Friends of Don East and Danforth East Association of Ratepayers

Saturday May 1
Trees Across Toronto
Six locations across the city. Please see previous page.

Saturday, May 8
L'Amoreaux Park Tree and Shrub Planting
Located on the northwest corner of Kennedy Road and McNicoll Avenue. Park in
L'Amoreaux Community Centre parking lot, follow the stairs on the west side
down to the planting site at pond. Partners: Evergreen, Earth Day Scarborough
and Urban Forestry Services

Sunday, May 16
Toronto Islands Sand Dunes Planting
Meet at 10 a.m. outside the ferry terminal gates, city side (located
immediately west of the Weston Harbour Castle at Queen's Quay and Bay Street).
Ferry ride to Hanlan's Point is free for volunteers. Partners: Toronto Bay
Initiative and TRCA

Saturday, May 29
Glendon Forest Planting
Plant trees and shrubs in Glendon Forest and Wetland located across the river
from the horse stables in Sunnybrook Park. Meet in the clearing on the west
side of the footbridge. Partner: Friends of Glendon Forest

Sunday, May 30
Toronto Islands Sand Dunes Planting
Meet at 10 a.m. outside the ferry terminal gates, city side (located
immediately west of the Weston Harbour Castle at Queen's Quay and Bay Street).
Ferry ride to Hanlan's Point is free for volunteers. Partners: Toronto Bay
Initiative and TRCA

Saturday, June 5
East Don Planting
Plant wetland and herbaceous species in the "Milkweed Meadow" in the East Don
Watershed. Take the walking trail off of Pineway Boulevard, north of Finch
Avenue East. Meet where the trails cross near the river. Partners: East Don
Parkland Partners

Saturday, June 12
Beechwood Wetland Planting
Located along the Lower Don Trail north of Pottery Road and south of the
Beechwood Drive access. Partners: Bring Back the Don, Federation of Ontario
Naturalists and TRCA

Saturday, June 12
Glendon Forest Planting
Plant wildflowers along the trail in Glendon Forest and Wetland located across
the river from the horse stables in Sunnybrook Park. Meet in the clearing on
the west side of the footbridge. Partner: Friends of Glendon Forest.

Sunday, June 13
Highland Creek Canadian Rivers Day Celebration - Thompson Memorial Park
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Located on the east side of Brimley Road, between Lawrence Avenue East and
Ellesmere Road. Activities will include a games, displays, a cleanup, and a
free BBQ. Co-hosted by TRCA.

Media Contact:
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Hotline, 416-560-8726



 

 

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