Super big thanks to community volunteers Lesley, Darren, Lu and Grady for helping us take down the paper hearts from the sakura trees. It's an installation that was not taken down in a timely manner - which is all the Friends ask. If left, in time, all that will remain are the weather beaten dregs. Which kinda loses the 'charm' of any installation. Don't you think? Already the material used to tie the paper hearts were beginning to damage /choke the small branches - trees grow - eventually doing serious damage that can lead to destruction of the tree. The 'Bring Back the Girls' installation was a beautiful gesture, but we waited and waited for them to take it down, to no avail. Sorry, but the time had come. Several of tree adopters of those trees were disappointed too - they shouldn't be expected to take them down.
The strings/ribbons and elastic bands used to tie the paper hearts to the branches/tree were a bit of a challenge to remove. Since they'd been up since Spring, they were all tangled and twisted around each and every small branch they were tied to. The only way was to carefully cut them off. It took the five of us about 20 mins. There were over 200 of them.
Please, please, please, if you are going to do some rogue art in the park, take it down in a timely fashion, let's say a no more than a month. AND do not tie, tape, nail, attach anything to the trees or do damage to the park. It's just not good for the health of the trees / green space nor is it cool. Think about how it can leave no footprint and how you can take it down easily. We are loosing so many to the emerald ash borer. Does it make sense to lose a tree because of an installation? We want to enjoy both, so make it so ladies and gentlemen.
Cheers. Enjoy our awesome park.
Friends of Trinity Bellwoods' General Meeting
When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7-8:30pm
Where: Trinity Recreation Centre on Crawford, 2nd floor landing
Meeting Chair: Sian Owen
Sian, who's volunteered to be our trusty Chairperson for the next few Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park General Meetings, is looking for your input in advance of the meeting on July 23rd.
Specifically, she's looking for feedback from everyone about the park and its use, ie: what's good, what's a drag -- it's a check-in opportunity.
In her walks around the park she's come across caterers who want to help on FoTBP's Park Days, and dog owners who want to hold a fund-raiser for something in the bowl (not a fountain). She's found that all were stunned at how the park has so little financial support from the city with many offering help.
She's looking to get the word out that there ways our park neighbors and users can find common ground to help improve the park and the park experience for all of us.
So far the top-line Agenda items for the meeting include:
-Fireworks in the park
-Bike Valet at the market
-Movie Nights in the Park
-Activities for Fall Park Day 2014
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Send us your feedback about the park: What's good, what's a drag?
And/or come to the meeting!
When: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 7:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.
Where: Meet behind Trinity Community Recreation Centre
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation
FoTBP is pleased to co-sponsor this tree tour in our park led by the knowledgeable folks at LEAF. How can we make better use of our urban wood? Join us on this tour to hear from local arborists and woodworkers who are trying to do just that! You’ll hear the story of one big maple tree that fell during the ice storm, and see how it’s been transformed into a live edge bench by a local woodworker. Plus, you’ll learn how pests like the Emerald Ash Borer impact our urban forest – and what this means for woodworkers.
FoTBP's own Adopt-A-Tree Coordinator, Laura Jamer, is co-leading the tour and will speak about the program.
Andrew Baughn, Eco Tree Co.
Adam Dalgarno, Rusted Maple Carpentry and Design
Laura Jamer, Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park
Erin MacDonald, LEAF
“An urban myth surfaced a year ago that it was permissible to drink alcohol in the park and people were coming from outside the area because they thought what they were hearing was true,” said Staff Sergeant James Hogan, of 14 Division Community Response Unit (CRU). “On weekends and holidays, thousands of people were engaged in drinking down here.”
Upset with the damaging behaviour, park users and residents voiced their concerns with police.
“Things came to a bit of a head when nearby residents became very unhappy,” said Hogan. “But the culture of drinking had already taken hold. We were in a reactive mode in response to residents who felt the park was out of control and it wasn’t a safe place anymore.”
To combat the problem, police created Project White Squirrel.
“The name came after the albino squirrel family that can be found in Trinity Bellwoods Park,” Hogan pointed out. “With the area becoming more populated with the development of condos, we met with residents and City of Toronto Parks officials in April to address the situation. We wanted to set a new tone and change the climate this summer.
“We asked the city, who we were helping, if they had anything on their website or any code of conduct for parks that could be used to reinforce the message that a park is a shared resource and everyone wants to enjoy the green space in the city. We suggested that they could create a pamphlet like we do for our educational campaigns that we could distribute to people.”
This plan has worked.
Hogan and his crew have distributed almost 1,000 pamphlets in the last six weeks.
This item was exerpted from the Toronto Police Services newsletter. More of the item can be found at the Toronto Police Services newsletter, published: 1:27 p.m. July 11, 2014
Sixty-nine tender new sapling trees have been planted in the park over the past few weeks and we're looking for new volunteers to join us in our Adopt-A-Tree program to help ensure they survive their first fours years. This is the time takes for them to re-establish a strong root system deep and wide enough to get enough water to survive.
Read more details here and/or have a look at the Adopt A Tree tab on the main menu above.
Use the Contact form under "About Us" and select adoptatree to send a note to Laura, our new AAT Coordinator, if you're a regular user of the park and would like to give back by becoming a tree adopter.
Finally, some multi-use path improvements! South end of park, near Gorevale and Queen. Yes, and the path leading to the alley will have a dip, so anyone on wheels, this will be a welcome additon. Be patient, it won't take them too long. It's gonna be great. NOTE: any path in a park is 'multi-use' which means, to be shared by all - with respect. They are NOT dedicated to any one mode of mobility.