Archive for May, 2012

Can trees actually deter crime?

This week the Atlantic Cities website published an interesting article linking forest canopy in urban centres to reduced crime …All told …[they] conclude that “a 10% increase in tree canopy was associated with a roughly 12% decrease in crime.” Continue reading

Who are “Park People?”

The Friends of Dieppe Park may well not have gotten started without the help and advice from Dave Harvey of Park People.  We were concerned about; liability, red-tape, conflict with the city, stepping on the toes of City employees, lack of community support, etc.  Park People showed us that we are not alone in our desire to look after our local park and that others have found ways to work with the City, their local Councilor and the Forestry, Parks and Recreation department – without tears.  Here’s a short article written by Dave McGinn of the Globe, about how Park People got it’s start – Ed Horner Continue reading

Community involvement key to successful park projects

“The key factor is the number of volunteers.  It’s been found our parks are better public spaces when communities are actively involved.”

– Dave Harvey, Director of Park People

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Notes from FODP meeting May 23, 2012

Final notes from the meeting of Friends of Dieppe Park this past Wednesday, May 23rd.

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Toronto’s parks going to seed – literally

One sunny morning this week, I went for a walk in David Balfour Park near Yonge and St. Clair. Spreading across the roof of a reservoir, it used to be a well-tended expanse of green. Now, like many parks and other grassy spaces, it has a scruffy, neglected look.
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Casinos or Children?

Yesterday from the Toronto Star
By Stephen Bede Scharper   Star Columnist

I remember the subway ads for Ontario Place in 1978 during my first visit to Toronto. They depicted happy families slipping down waterslides, gamboling on grassy knolls framed by groovy geodesic domes that appeared to float atop Lake Ontario. Continue reading