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
Friends of Watkinson Park is starting its spring work by installing some bird feeders in the park. We will have to make an extension pole to get the bird feeders into the trees have been radically pruned and the the … Continue reading Spring is coming!
Members of FoWP went to the Annual General Meeting of the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust last week and were very intrigued by what we heard. The concept is to buy land and place it under the control of a community organization for the purpose of developing low-income housing, community gardens and community space. The city cannot be relied upon, so it is up to community folks to move forward in a parallel way. Currently the PNLT has received Trillium and Metcalf foundation funding to establish the project. The feeling at the AGM was one of hope and readiness. We learned that … Continue reading Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust