Friday, February 20, 2015

YES ..... MORE FANTASTIC COYOTE PICS! THANKS TO ZENY ATAS LLOYD






WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25TH - FIRST OPEN HOUSE - HUMBER COLLEGE'S WELCOME CENTRE INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

Humber’s College’s new Welcome Centre is set to open in 2016 at the corner of Kipling Ave and Lakeshore Blvd W.  The new Welcome Centre will host an Interpretive Centre that will feature artworks and heritage activities related to the site’s natural and built history, primarily, the former Lakeshore Psychiatric hospital and the surrounding ecology and waterfront. Friends of Sam Smith Park will sit on the Advisory Committee.


 
OPEN HOUSE

WHEN:
Wednesday February 25th 6:00pm to 8:00pm
& Sunday March 1st 1:00pm to 3:00pm


WHERE: 
Humber College, Lakeshore Campus
3199 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Toronto, ON M8V 1K8
Building A/B. Room A170 

 
Join Humber College staff for the first Open House about the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre. At this event, you will have the opportunity to: learn about the development of the Centre, contribute your feedback, and learn about community storytelling. 

These Open Houses are completely free to attend. For questions and directions, please contact Curator Tara Mazurk at  416-675-6622 x.79378 or by email.


The Interpretive Centre now has its own website.

As of now, the website offers basic information about the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre. Coming in March 2015, you will be able to use the website to contribute personal stories about your relationship to the grounds.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

NEW TORONTO ONE OF THE "LEAST TREED" AREAS IN THE CITY - IMPLICATIONS FOR SAM SMITH PARK



Aerial imagery for the City of Toronto in 2009 showed that forest cover represented at little more than one-quarter (26.6 per cent) of the city’s total land area, representing about 10.2 million trees. That’s up from 25.3 per cent a decade earlier. Toronto’s trees are mostly found on private property, accounting for 60 per cent of the city’s trees, with 34 per cent in the city’s parks and natural areas and six per cent lining our streets. 

Toronto’s most treed neighbourhoods are:
• Rosedale - Moore Park, 61.8 % • Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills, 55.6 %
• Mount Pleasant East, 54.8 per cent
• Morningside, 53.8 %
• Forest Hill South, 51.2 %

Toronto’s least treed neighbourhoods are: 
• Bay Street Corridor, 6.7 %
• Junction Area, 6.7 %
• Milliken, 8.1 %
• New Toronto, 8.7 %
• Humber Summit, 8.8 %

This information all comes from a comprehensive tree study released bythe City of Toronto in 2010 and updated in 2013 titled Every Tree Counts: A Portrait of Toronto’s Urban Forest



 

SAM SMITH PARK ONE OF "SEVEN PLACES TO ENJOY CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING IN TORONTO"

 Link to Inside Toronto article


"COLONEL SAMUEL SMITH PARK, 3145 Lake Shore Blvd. W. at Kipling Avenue
Measuring 194.6 acres, Colonel Samuel Smith Park is a great location for winter fun. Named in honour of Lt. Colonel Samuel Smith, the park – which opened in 1996 – was once part of his property in the 1800s. Aside from being a large space for cross-country skiing, the park also offers stunning panoramic view of the city as well as a skating trail."

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

PARK BIRD FEEDING STATION???



 An idea that has been discussed among some members recently is locating a bird feeding station next to the spruce grove near the skating trail.  If birds were to become habituated to feeding there, there might be the exciting possibility of park visitors being able to hand feed birds like chickadees and nuthatches, as is the practice in some other Toronto parks (High Park, Lambton Woods, Humber Arboretum etc.). 

If this were to happen, there would have to be a dedicated group of people willing to take this on to provide vital continuity around feeding and cleaning, especially during the winter. FOSS has some funding to support the installation of a feeder but seed supply is a problem.  If you have any experience or expertise in this area or are willing to be part of a team taking this on, please let us know by using the contact form on this page.  Please forward this to anyone you know who might be interested.