Last year FoWP worked with Indigenous Land sovereignty earth worker Joce Tremblay to put in a Native Plant Garden. We grew plants in The Stop’s greenhouse and then transplanted to Watkinson Park. In the fall we harvested the plants and this … Continue reading Seed Saving!
It has been part of the mandate of FoWP to engage with the Indigenous history of the Junction and surrounding area specifically through our work with the Native plant garden, but also with an upcoming project that we hope to be able to do this Summer. Glad there finally seems to be some recognition from the city/public around this issue, due to the work of Indigenous communities and artists: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/11/13/toronto-parks-to-reflect-indigenous-history.html Continue reading Toronto parks to reflect Indigenous history
Friends of Watkinson Park visited Joce Tremblay again at The Stop. This time we planted some seeds to be sprouted in their greenhouse and later transplanted to the Watkinson Park native plant garden. We seeded: Tabacco, Mulva Mallow, Prairie Sage, … Continue reading Planting Seeds at The Stop for the native plant garden
Friends of Watkinson Park had a busy 2016. FoWP tackled the city over the un-agreed upon changes in the park design, dealt with police harassment of community members, organized an amazing celebratory party for the park opening, worked on public … Continue reading UPDATE – FoWP’s 2016
In FOWP’s last update we discussed the unfortunate changes to the agreed upon park design. The FoWP tried to communicate with Gord Perks office and Peter Didiano from Parks and Recreation regarding our concerns. A conversation with Perks was very … Continue reading Update – Park almost complete
Dundas Watkinson Parkette_Preferred Concept Illustration Friends of Watkinson Park met yesterday to go over the latest version of the proposed design. We have been informed that construction on the park will begin the first week of August and take about 2 months weather permitting. While we are satisfied with some aspects of the design, there are many features that have been added or changed and that don’t correspond to the agreement made at the public meeting between FoWP, the community and the city (Gord Perks office, Clive, Dan and Michael) September 24, 2015. These changes are a cause for great … Continue reading Latest design proposal from the city – not exactly what was agreed to
The bird feeders are well attended and we have had to restock them twice already. Maybe we can attract some regular visits from cardinals, blue jays, finches, robins, doves, chickadees… We’re still awaiting the final design and start date for the park renovation, but in the meantime we are gathering info on seed exchanges and native plants (and where to get them). FoWP are also looking forward to gardening. We may start with a fence garden… work on a green wall. Imagining a critters park… Continue reading Working towards a nature park: more bird feeders