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Coronation Park

Project type: 
Park Naturalization

Over 60 people gathered on Coronation Drive in the city’s west end to plant almost 250 native trees and shrubs on May 4th, 2013. Local residents and die-hard tree planters alike came out to beautify a walking path connecting the local playground to the neighbourhood. The event was attended by several local politicians including Ward Councillor Matt Brown who was thrilled by the effort. “I think the turnout today is really impressive, volunteers from the neighbourhood and volunteers from across the community have come to do a great thing. I think that it’s a really positive sign, you see young people that care about their community, that care about the environment, and that are here giving part of their Saturday to a really important initiative.”

Federal Member of Parliament Ed Holder was also on hand to announce a federal grant from Environment Canada in support of local tree planting. “I’m pleased today to announce that on behalf of the government of Canada we’ve committed fifty-five thousand dollars to make this a greater place and I just want to say thank you very much for your efforts.” Holder went on to say that, “This just speaks about the community and St. Peter’s school is here, and they’ve brought a lot of young people to get involved and I think that makes a great statement when young people get it as well… so I’m as encouraged by the young people as I am by the huge numbers that are here today in Coronation Park.”

Participants got a lesson on how to properly plant the young trees, which ranged in size and species.  By the end of the morning the bare path was enveloped on both sides by the new additions.  London-Fanshawe MP Irene Mathyssen described her feelings about the project at the beginning of the day. “I was imagining as I came up the walk what this will look like when we’re finished the planting and a year from now, ten years from now, twenty years from now, it’s going to be a glorious part of the neighborhood and people are going to feel absolutely terrific just to be here.”

Article and Photos by Victor De Jong