The PARA Green Committee and Councillor Mike Layton’s office are very excited to announce the official launch of the Green Plan for our neighbourhood. This plan was developed by and for our community and now, more than ever, we need to organize around issues of climate change and environmental degradation and take action.
We are thrilled that we have a plan that is both specific to our neighbourhood and in sync with the City’s TransformTO climate action strategy. PARA’s Green Plan contains many ideas, identifying potential projects and areas for advocacy. There is ample opportunity for everyone to be involved, whether through individual and household actions, group community projects or participation in city-wide initiatives. We welcome community members to join the PARA Green Committee, and we continue to plan online activities.
To date, the PARA Green Committee has successfully obtained a grant to plant a pollinator garden at Harbord Collegiate with our partner, the Harbord Collegiate Eco-club. It would have been a very busy summer, but sadly our plans are now on hold until it is safe to reconnect again.
We have been involved in the final design of Westbank park on the former Mirvish Village site, and the greening strategy for the Palmerston gates at the intersection of Palmerston and Bloor.
We welcome your comments, your interest and energy as we endeavour to move forward on the many issues facing our neighbourhood and its resiliency for the future.
We have also organized clean-up days at Healey Willan Park, held gardening workshops and written articles for the PARA newsletter. Even so, many more issues need to be addressed, including making our neighbourhood a net zero greenhouse gas emissions area.