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April 21, 2005
Spring is a great time to plant Community planting events are taking place across Toronto
  
City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation is organizing community planting
events and is inviting individuals, families, corporations and community groups
to come out and participate.

Community planting events are taking place on weekends starting Saturday, April
23 through to Sunday June 12. The planting events take place at a variety of
locations throughout the city. Unless otherwise noted, all events start at 10
a.m., ending at approximately 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. Also bring sunscreen, a hat,
drinking water and enthusiasm.

The goal this year is to plant 35,000 native flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees
into the grounds of our parklands. This is part of the Parkland Naturalization
Program’s strategy to help restore the ecological integrity of the city's
natural areas.

Community Planting Schedule for Spring 2005:

Saturday, April 23
East Don Parklands Tree and Shrub Planting
Located in the East Don Watershed, meet on the north side of Cummer Avenue,
west of Leslie Street at the bridge over the Don River. Partners: East Don
Parkland Partners

Riverdale Farm Slope Clean-up and Planting
9:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.
Riverdale Farm is located at 201 Winchester Street, three blocks east of
Parliament Street along Winchester Street, and three blocks north of Gerrard
Street East along Sumach Street. Planting site is along the trail to the ponds
and lower gate. Partners: Riverdale Farm and the Task Force to Bring Back the
Don

Highland Creek Tree and Shrub Planting
Plant trees and shrubs on a natural portion of Highland Creek that was once a
concrete channel. Meet at south end of Production Drive, located south off
Progress Ave, west of Markham Rd. Partners: Friends of Highland Creek

Sunday, April 24
Toronto Islands Sand Dunes Restoration
Meet at 10 a.m. outside the ferry terminal gates, city side (located
immediately west of the Westin Harbour Castle at Queen's Quay and Bay Street).
Partners: Toronto Bay Initiative, Toronto and Region Conservation

Taylor Massey Creek Tree and Shrub Planting
Join Friends of Don East (FODE) for a planting at the Goulding Estate, 305
Dawes Road.

Saturday, April 30
Trees Across Toronto - Various Locations
Mayor David Miller, Deputy Mayor and Tree Advocate Joe Pantalone and Toronto
Parks, Forestry and Recreation invite you to dig in on Saturday, April 30 at
the second annual city-wide planting event, Trees Across Toronto. Mayor Miller
and Deputy Mayor Pantalone will join volunteers at Sun Valley in the lower Don
Valley.

Tree planting will take place at the following sites:
Birkdale Ravine - Ellesmere Road and Brimley Road, south west corner
Earl Bales Park - Bathurst Street and Sheppard Avenue
Humberwood Parkland - Near Finch Avenue and Highway 427
Rouge Park - Near Meadowvale Avenue and Plug Hat Road
Sun Valley - Lower Don Valley - Near O'Connor Drive and Beechwood Drive

Saturday, May 7
Beechwood Wetland Planting
Beechwood Wetland is located along the Lower Don Trail north of Pottery Road,
and south of the Beechwood Drive access. Beechwood Drive runs north from O’
Connor Drive, just west of Pape Avenue Partners: Task Force to Bring Back the
Don

Glendon Forest Tree and Shrub Planting
Plant trees and shrubs along the trail in Glendon Forest. Located across the
river from the horse stables in Sunnybrook Park. Meet in the clearing on the
west side of the footbridge. Partners: Friends of Glendon Forest

Rouge Park - Woodlands Park Tree and Shrub Planting
Plant trees and shrubs along a forested portion of the Little Rouge at the
first planting for the Toronto Bird Flyways site. Meet at entrance to Woodlands
Park at southeast corner of Steeles Avenue East and Reesor Road. Partners:
Rouge Park, Public Spaces Appreciation Association of Ontario

Saturday, May 14
Riverdale Farm Slope Planting
9:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.
Join us and plant native species along the lower slope. Riverdale Farm is
located at 201 Winchester Street, three blocks east of Parliament Street along
Winchester Street, three blocks north of Gerrard Street East along Sumach
Street. In partnership with Riverdale Farm and Task Force to Bring Back the Don

Sunday, May 15
Toronto Islands Sand Dune Restoration
Meet at 10 am outside the ferry terminal gates, city side (located immediately
west of the Westin Harbour Castle at Queen's Quay and Bay Street). Partners:
Toronto Bay Initiative, Toronto and Region Conservation

High Park - Grenadier Pond South Shoreline
Trees, Shrubs and Wildflowers
9a.m. - 12noon
Meet on the south end of Grenadier Pond in High Park at The Queensway and Ellis
Avenue. Take 501 streetcar along The Queensway to Colborne Lodge Drive and walk
west or the subway to High Park and the High Park train to the south end of the
park. Please bring your own hand trowels and shovels, if possible. For more
information check www.highpark.org.
Partners: Unilever, High Park Community Advisory Council

Saturday, May 28
Miliken Park Trees, Shrubs and Wildflowers
Plant trees shrubs and wildflowers adjacent to a woodlot and pond. Park is
located on southeast corner of McCowan Road and Steeles Avenue East. Nearest
parking is at the Miliken Park Community Centre off McCowan Road. Partners:
Friends of Highland Creek, Evergreen

Saturday, June 4
East Don Wildflower Planting
Plant wetland and herbaceous species in the riparian areas along the East Don
River. Meet on the north side of Cummer Avenue, west of Leslie Street at the
bridge over the Don River. Partners: East Don Parkland Partners

Sunday, June 12
Toronto Islands Sand Dune Restoration
Meet at 10 am outside the ferry terminal gates, city side (located immediately
west of the Weston Harbour Castle at Queen's Quay and Bay Street). Partners:
Toronto Bay Initiative, Toronto and Region Conservation

High Park - Savannah Plot Planting
10:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.
Planting site at entrance of High Park, just south of Bloor St. across from the
School for the Visually Impaired. Please bring your own hand trowels if
possible. For more information visit www.highpark.org. Partner: High Park
Volunteer Stewardship Program

Highland Creek Canadian Rivers Day
Celebration - Morningside Park
10a.m. - 3p.m.
Located on the east side of Brimley Road between Lawrence Avenue East and
Ellesmere Road. Activities will include games, displays, a cleanup, and a free
BBQ. Co-hosted by Toronto and Region Conservation.

For more information on planting events call, 416-392-LEAF (5323) or visit www.toronto.ca/greentoronto.


Media Contact:

City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Media Hotline
416-560-8726


 

 

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