I just returned from the first-ever Homegrown Park Crawl which expanded across the green corridor along the historical route of the Garrison Creek in Toronto. It was epic to witness local grassroots enthusiast bring nature back to our urban neighbourhoods. With music, food, and eco-friendly activities for all, this inspiring fun-filled day is sure to be the first of many.
My favourite part of the park crawl was seeing the start of “The Community Canoe Project” come to life. This concept is based on our city’s geological past. When this city was established, you could canoe along Garrison Creek from today’s Bathurst Station to Lake Ontario’s shoreline at Fort York. The significance of this historical event was evident in the pioneered canoe gardens-filled with native wild plants throughout the participating Toronto Parks in ward 19. My very own little community helper “naturally” wanted to help by lending a “green thumb” and contributing his fair share with the planting. We all had a “green” time as seen in the photograph.
This eco-initiative is all thanks to the David Suzuki Foundation and other Homegrown Park Rangers whom are working together to bring nature to unexpected places throughout the former Garrison Creek corridor- from backyards and balconies to streets and alleys. Members of the community and volunteers have joined forces to naturalize the grounds and convert unused spaces into productive gardens. If you too are passionate about ensuring that the neighbourhood’s future is bright green, get growing! Click here for more details.
If you have ideas for adding more life to your neighborhood or you just need a nature-fix connect to @HomegrownNationalPark
Link to my YouTube to see more about this green project.