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One of 50 Million Trees for Earth Day

On April 22nd, Forests Ontario joined Waterfront Toronto, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (TPTF), and the City of Toronto to celebrate Earth Day by officially opening a beautiful new natural space in Toronto’s Baselands and launching partnerships among these organizations to support more green spaces in the city.

As part of efforts to enhance park conditions in the city and reconnect residents to its waterfront, Waterfront Toronto, the TRCA, and the City of Toronto are launching thirteen initiatives known as “Quick Start,” projects around Toronto’s Baselands that will bring more natural space and recreational opportunities to the area, building upon recent investments in Lake Ontario and Tommy Thompson Parks.

Forests Ontario CEO Rob Keen joined John Campbell (CEO, Waterfront Toronto), Nick Saccone (Senior Director, TRCA), Andrew Sorbara (Chair of TPTF) and Toronto City Councillor Paula Fletcher to celebrate the opening of the Outer Harbour Recreational Node, one of the thirteen “Quick Starts” being launched in the area. Located around the edge of Lake Ontario Park, the Outer Harbour Recreational Node is an accessible space where residents can take part in recreational fishing, birding, walking, and cycling. The launch was celebrated with a ceremonial tree planting and a bit of fishing along the lake.

Within this initiative, Waterfront Toronto has also announced an exciting partnership with TPTF and the City of Toronto to enhance green spaces in the city. Twenty-five percent of the waterfront revitalization area is reserved for green spaces and Waterfront Toronto has committed to incorporating trees into their efforts to enhance these spaces. One such project will include a tree planting adjacent to the Outer Harbour Recreational Node that will receive support from Forests Ontario through the government of Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program.

“All forests, whether urban or rural, provide immense benefits to the communities surrounding them and we are thrilled that the 50 Million Tree Program offers municipalities the opportunity to beautify public spaces and offer environmental advantages to its residents,” said Keen.

Green spaces are essential to healthy communities and support greater physical and mental well-being for residents by providing opportunities to be active and connect with nature. Forests Ontario is proud to be a part of this investment in a healthier and happier Toronto.

Photo Caption: Senior Director of TRCA Nick Saccone, Forests Ontario CEO Rob Keen, Councillor Paula Fletcher, Waterfront Toronto CEO John Campbell, and Chair of TPTF Andrew Sorbara take part in a ceremonial 50 Million Tree plant on Earth Day.