Planting and stewarding the Cedarvale Park

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City plans for the next 3-5 years and the planned events for this summer.

As noted in an earlier post, the steering committee of Friends of Cedarvale met with Cheryl Post on 2nd April. Cheryl is with Natural Environment and Community Development, part of Urban Forestry within Parks, Forestry and Recreation. She focuses on facilitating the public to plant, and “steward” or maintain existing planted sites.

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This is the wetland that her office created in the park

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She organizes events with the “Friends of Parks” groups in the city. The Friends of Cedarvale will publicize the events and help find groups interested in participating.

 Cheryl showed us a handful of projects designated for planting or stewarding in the open space area over the next three to five years.  

 This summer the events will begin with stewarding.

 Cherry tree stewarding

 1. Most likely in June a stewarding event will take place. The participants will mulch the Japanese Cherry trees that were donated to the city. The trees are in the open area just north of the tennis courts. This could be a school event. The children can find out about the kinds of trees, why they were planted where they were, and how to tend them.

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Slope Stewarding

2. The next event will be a public stewarding event on the slope adjacent to the Phil White arena. It will also be a mulching of an existent planting. This kind of stewarding is accessible to adults and to children and will be open to the public.

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Public Planting

3. Most likely in October there will be a public planting on the slope beside the south end of the permanently fenced dog park. The slope has been used for a toboggan run and deemed unsafe by the parks supervisor. The planting will be in an S shape, to allow for a mower to continue to cut the grass at the top. The trees will be native species and small. A temporary fence will be put around them

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Small planting in wetland.

4. Finally, Cheryl told of us a plan for a small planting in the existent constructed wetland in the park to replace some trees that have died.  This planting will be a small group only.

Plantings over the years

Cheryl also pointed out three other areas for plantings sometime in the next three to five years in the open park area.

On the slope just east of the permanent dog park, there could be two plantings, one on either side of it. This would not interfere with the recreational use of the slope.

The last proposed planting is at the south end of the park adjacent to the soccer park on the east side. There is a slope there on which currently tall grass is growing.

Participate!

If you are interested in participating in this year’s events, watch this site and watch for notices in the park on the dog area notice board and around the neighborhood.

If you want to contact us about events or membership please use our e-mail: friendsofcedarvale@gmail.com

Happy planting and stewarding! 

Susan Aaron

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