The PARA green committee focuses on greening the PARA neighbourhood as well as advocating for broader environmental responsibility, notably through our recently-released Green Plan.
If you’d like to get involved, we can always use more help!
Our main activities in the last year have been:
- 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, which can form part of the city planning process.
- 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.
- 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.