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Pickering Neighbourhood Group unveils $10K Community Project

Posted on Friday September 26, 2014

Today, Dunbarton High School Enviro Council showcased its enhancement project for Ernie L. Stroud Park, as part of its Celebrating Sustainable Neighbourhood Program win.

Following a survey of nearby residents, the student/teacher group partnered with the City to fulfill a number of local needs through enhancements to the Kingston Road/Whites Road area park. These included an educational water-efficient pollinator garden with an accessible walkway, three new benches; one of which was hand-carved from a 92-year-old fallen ash tree, and 30 new trees (18 of which a resident donated), to replace trees infested with the Emerald Ash Borer.

The group’s win stemmed from a number of sustainability accomplishments achieved under the City program last year, which allowed them to implement a community project valued up to $10,000.

“Engaging the community in municipal programs is a top priority for us and this is an excellent example of what can be achieved through community partnerships,” said Councillor Doug Dickerson, Chair of the Sustainable Pickering Advisory Committee. “This program would not have been possible without the financial support of our 2013 Sustainable Pickering Contributors, and I thank them for their efforts in fostering sustainable communities, and supporting our shared vision of a vibrant, connected, and sustainable City.”

“This project is a true celebration of the staff and students’ passion and dedication to making Pickering a sustainable and vibrant community,” said Chris Braney, Durham District School Board's Vice-Chair, Trustee, Pickering.

“We are extremely proud of Dunbarton’s strong tradition when it comes to environmental projects. In fact, our ongoing commitment resulted in us being named ‘2014 Greenest School in Canada’ by the Canada Green Building Council,” said Randy Tennant, Principal, Dunbarton High School.

2013 Sustainable Pickering Contributors include: Veridian, Ontario Power Generation, Yorkville Sound, U-Pak Group of Companies, Royal Bank of Canada, Green For Life Environmental Corporation, Marshall Homes Corporation, AECOM, Coughlan Homes, Leidos Canada Inc., Mattamy Development Corporation, Emery Homes Glendale Limited, and Indaco.

Visit pickering.ca/sustainability for more information on the Celebrating Sustainable Neighbourhood Program.

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As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Media Contact:

Chantal Whitaker
Coordinator, Sustainability l City Development
905.420.4660 ext. 2170
1.866.683.2760 | TTY 905.420.1739
cwhitaker@pickering.ca