The PARA green committee focuses on greening the PARA neighbourhood as well as advocating for broader environmental responsibility.
If you’d like to get involved, we can always use more help!
Our main activities in the last year have been:
- Pollinator gardens: we worked with Harbord Collegiate to apply for a city of Toronto pollinator garden grant, and our application was successful! Garden construction will take place in 2020 and will feature an abundance of pollinator-friendly native species. As part of this grant, we will also be organizing workshops to enable community members to start their own pollinator gardens.
- Community clean-ups: every year we organize several community clean-ups of Healey Willan Park and the surrounding streets. Besides preventing litter from harming wildlife or being washed into the lake, these events are a great chance to meet your neighbors and get some fresh air.
- Healey Willan Community Garden: we support a group of volunteer gardeners who maintain the community garden at Healey Willan Park. The community garden is focused on native species – both pollinator-friendly plants and some edible fruits and berries!
- Climate Action: we organized PARA board members and community members to attend the global climate strike. We also participated in the City of Toronto’s TransformTO climate action consultation at city hall.
- PARA Green Plan: in partnership with our city Councillor’s office, we have created a strategic planning document which guides PARA’s environmental actions and goals and which can form part of the city planning process.
- Local planning and development: we have participated in the consultations regarding the new park which will be built as part of the Mirvish Village development, as well as other local green-related planning consultations.