Monday, 27 May 2013

Community Sand Toys

Recently, Friends of Earlscourt Park donated community sand toys to the playground sand pit. Although they were well labelled, sadly, all of the toys are now gone.
We still believe that community sand toys are a great idea – much better than the used coffee cups and water bottles that kids were playing with before! So, we’d love to try again.
We’re looking for gently used sand toy donations. We’ve gotten approval from Parks to leave toys in the sand pit, so if you’d like to donate, please label them “Earlscourt Park” and drop them off at the sand pit. If we keep trying, it's sure to catch on!

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Kite Fest...and Trees!

With winter finally - FINALLY - over, what better way to celebrate spring than to head outside and fly a kite?

Many thanks to all who joined us at the park. We saw a lot of fantastic kites and had a fabulous time meeting more families from the neighbourhood-at-large.

Special thanks to Arleen Hurdon for running a pocket kite workshop, and to our volunteers Ellen & Krista for making pinwheels with the kids and organizing a great afternoon!

Pocket kite workshop in full swing

Getting the pocket kites up in the sky

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In other park news:

We are delighted to announce that as part of the City of Toronto's Strategic Urban Forest Management Plan, Urban Forestry will be planting trees in Earlscourt Park later this season! This initiative, run in consultation with local city and community groups, is designed to increase the canopy cover as well as beautify our green spaces and increase biodiversity.

But summertime can place significant stress on young trees, whose root systems are not yet developed enough to withstand summer's high temperatures and periods of drought.

Friends of Earlscourt Park has been asked by Park People and LEAF to run an Adopt-a-Tree program to ensure these trees' survival. We are looking for neighbourhood volunteers who will give "their" tree regular watering, mulching and light weeding from early summer until mid-autumn.

Interested in becoming an adopter? Drop us a note at Stay tuned for news!