In addition to being home to many beautiful trees, Centennial Park is a bustling community hub, with golf, soccer, baseball, go-karting, a beautiful conservatory, and so much more. And now, to add to that list, local residents can care for a park tree! Centennial Park’s newly launched Adopt-A-Park-Tree program teaches and encourages community members to care for a tree through stewardship activities, such as regular watering and monitoring.
Centennial Park’s Adopt-A-Park-Tree program began in early May when the four Young Urban Forest Leaders teamed up with Our Place Initiative. The first step was determining which trees would be part of the program.
To do this, three zones in the large park were identified as popular spaces with lots of young trees and a nearby water source to make watering easier. These three zones were selected as the ideal areas for the program. They are located close to the Centennial Conservatory, Seneca School and the Centennial Park Arena, Zones A, B and C respectively. Then, an inventory of the trees in these zones was conducted and mapped in preparation to recruit adopters.
The public Tree Tour and stewardship event was held on Sunday 26th August, 2018 close to the Conservatory. This was the official inauguration of the park’s Adopt-A-Park-Tree program. During the tree tour, various trees in the Adopt-A-Park-Tree program were highlighted. Some of the trees need a lot of care to combat urban stressors, such as physical damage and drought.
At the end of the tour, participants learned about the benefits of mulching and how to mulch trees correctly -- make a mulch doughnut, not a volcano! All the young trees in zone A were mulched.
After the tour and mulching, people had the chance to sign up to Adopt-A-Park-Tree, take home a free native shrub and engage in some “tree chat” over delicious snacks and refreshments.
Trees were adopted by participants at the event, but, many more are still up for adoption! If you would like to care for one (or more!) trees, please contact Jonathan from Our Place Initiative. And, if you know someone who lives or works in the vicinity of Centennial Park, please encourage them to adopt a tree of their own!
Learn more about LEAF’s Young Urban Forest Leaders program here.
Learn more about LEAF’s Adopt-A-Park-Tree program here.
Learn more about the Our Place Initiative and their Adopt-A-Park-Tree program here.
Farheen Kadwa, Megan Rowcliffe, Sneha Singh, and Armita Zaferani are participants of the 2018 Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) program organized by LEAF.
LEAF’s Adopt-a-Park-Tree and Young Urban Forest Leaders programs are implemented in partnership with Park People and are supported by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation.