Four hundred native trees, 700 shrubs and a number of other native plants were added to Red Deer’s Oriole Park as part of recent improvements that aim to build a more sustainable community park all while commemorating 150 years of confederation in Canada.
The Oriole Park Naturalization Project focused on transitioning primarily turf space into a diverse native natural area, and the park officially re-opened today.
The overall project was enhanced after CN provided $25,000 to go towards native plantings and the Government of Canada injected $1,200 in capital grant funding as part of Tree Canada’s 150 tree-planting initiatives across the country. Red Deer was selected as one of the communities with the Oriole Park Naturalization Project focusing on water conservation and environmental stewardship.
“We hear frequently that citizens love our parks and trails, and adding to the city’s urban forest enables us to enhance natural spaces like Oriole Park and ensure they can thrive in our ever changing climate,” said City Manager Craig Curtis.
The park consists of a large wide open space with multiple access points away from traffic and surrounded by homes. There were already plants such as roses and poplars located within the park, and the addition of trees and shrubs complements the already native flora and fauna, providing habitat and food sources. Trail linkages and connections to the Waskasoo Park system were maintained as part of the enhancements.
“Red Deer is respected as a city in a park, and the naturalization of spaces like Oriole Park enables us to continue expanding trail linkages and the Waskasoo Park system while balancing the ever changing environmental, social and economic needs of our growing community,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Today is about building on our city’s natural beauty. With the significant loss of trees in the summer windstorm, we are fortunate to be adding trees to our urban canopy today.”
Part of today’s celebration included the distribution of approximately 200 seedlings and a presentation from The City’s urban forester on how to plant and grow the seedlings.
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