Archive | March, 2019

Green Bin for pet waste to be installed this April!

27 Mar

fullsizeoutput_22d5As announced earlier this year,
Berczy Park pet-owners will soon gain an environment-friendly way to dispose of pet waste. During April 2019, The City will install a Green Bin in Berczy Park, so pet-owners can deposit their poop bags in the Green Bin, rather than leaving the waste in the standard black garbage bins.

The City notes that, when pet waste is left in standard garbage or blue bins, it contaminates the other materials and prevents sanitary recycling or processing. With estimates that 84% of waste bin contents near dog parks are organic waste, this represents a huge opportunity to divert organic materials from local landfills, and help our environment.

imagesBerczy Park’s Green Bin will be installed in the gravel mural garden behind the Flatiron Building, which is a designated pet-relief area. Signage will educate pet-owners to visit the mural garden and dispose of all pet waste in the Green Bin. Dog poop bags can be placed directly in the Green Bin and poop bags do not need to be biodegradable. See the poster below to see everything that can go in a Green Bin including food scraps and diapers.

Black and blue waste bins will accompany the Green Bin to provide more locations for other waste in the eastern end of the park.

Image 2019-03-27 at 3.22 PM

Image 2019-03-27 at 3.22 PM

Adopt a tree in Berczy Park!

25 Mar

IMG_2932Since Summer 2017, many people who live, work, or play in the neighbourhood have watched the renovated Berczy Park become a beloved part of the community. That includes watching more than 30 young trees establish strong roots, grow taller, and start to sprout a shady, green canopy.

Many of those fledgling trees have survived and thrived thanks to the hard work of more than 20 Adopt-a-Tree participants who volunteered a bit of time every week or two to water, weed and mulch 30 park trees IMG_1408during 2018.

Get involved this spring!

For spring 2019, we are inviting new volunteers to join our current, dedicated adopt-a-tree participants. Interested in helping ensure Berczy Park trees grow into a healthy forest that will be enjoyed by generations? Then read on, and email us at to sign up. We’ll get started in May 2019.


What’s involved? Not too much:

  • Attend quick training in the park to be assigned your tree and learn to water and care for the tree.
  • Come to the park every week or two to water your tree, using the hose and supplies installed by Friends of Berczy Park. – likely 30 minutes per visit. If needed, we can match you with a buddy to share the task when you are busy.
  • fullsizeoutput_1f98Although registered volunteers should be 18-years-of-age or older, this is a great activity for a family to do together, or an adult participant to bring along a youngster and involve them in nature.
  • Best of all, this is a free activity for our adopters.

How do I sign up?

  • Easy! Send an email to with the subject line ‘Adopt-a-tree’ program. Include your full name, address and phone #, and any questions you may have. We’ll respond and arrange a date for your brief orientation/training along with the other volunteers.
  • Expect the training and program to get under way by mid-late May, 2019.

IMG_0167Aren’t the Berczy Park trees on an irrigation system?

About half of the trees in Berczy Park are on an irrigation system with the innovative ‘silva cell’ technology to collect rain water and allow deep roots to grow (the trees on hard surface/pavement).

However, the rest of the trees (on turf/lawn areas) require regular watering like any young tree. So, we have lovely recently-planted elms, oaks, tulip trees and magnolia, as well as a number of mature/preserved trees, including ginkgo, katsura, pagoda, and amur cork, that need to be adopted too.

IMG_4109How will we know what to do?

Friends of Berczy Park is grateful to have won a grant from LEAF, and its corporate and government sponsors, (among them TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the City of Toronto) to introduce their widely-admired Adopt-a-Tree program in our park. During spring/summer 2017, LEAF’s Young Urban Forestry Leaders (female post-secondary students studying the fields of urban forestry and arboriculture) inventoried the Berczy Park trees, developed a stewardship plan for the park and helped Friends of Berczy roll out the program. They taught us how to run a successful program like others in Toronto parks.

That’s it! Thanks in advance for raising your hand to volunteer, for trying out your ‘green thumb’, and for helping make our new park green, lush and beautiful for many years to come!

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