Monday, March 30, 2015

Nanaimo Awarded TD Green Streets Grant

Nanaimo Awarded $13,300 - TD Green Streets Program

Over 50 trees to be planted in Hawthorne Park

The City of Nanaimo has been awarded a $13,300 grant to plant trees in Hawthorne Park from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Tree Canada as part of the TD Green Streets program. Nanaimo was chosen out of 125 applicants for the grant, along with 22 other communities across Canada.

Hawthorne Park is a 1.5 hectare (3.7 acre) neighbourhood green space near Wakesiah Road. The park was designed to meet community recreational needs and serve as a catchment basin for the surrounding subdivision and features walking trails and a stormwater retention pond. 

The City of Nanaimo and park neighbours applied for the grant to further the community’s park improvements vision. Grant contributions will help to see over 50 trees of differing size and species planted to provide more shade near the new playground and contribute to the overall urban forest, park ecology and quality of the neighbourhood.  Interpretive signage about the unique park features and benefits of trees will also be installed.

The park was improved in 2014 under the City’s Volunteers in Parks Program. Residents and the City partnered to install a new playground and create a community gathering hub. Several community barbeques and events have since been held in this public area.

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