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Pickering Neighbourhood Group unveils $10K Community Project

Posted on Monday September 26, 2016

Yesterday, Valley Plentiful Community Garden members unveiled its enhancement project in Diana Princess of Wales Park, as part of its Celebrating Sustainable Neighbourhoods Program win.

The group has been working with the City over the past few months on a community enhancement project valued up to $10,000 as part of its winning efforts from last year’s program.

The project included:

  • a large native pollinator and fruit bearing shrub garden (containing 267 plants from 17 different native species)

  • a wheelchair accessible picnic table

  • an ergonomic bench made from recycled plastic

  • new signage to properly identify the site

  • benches constructed by St. Mary’s High School students from recycled ash trees

  • 8 additional vegetable garden plots

  • 11 dwarf fruit trees (apple, pear, plum, cherry)

“The garden is more than just a place to grow food, it provides an opportunity for people of all ages, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds to come together, make new friends, learn, and reap what they sow,” said Carolyn Kasperski of Valley Plentiful Community Garden. “Through the City’s program we were able to help the environment, and expand and enhance the space for all residents”.

“The Neighbourhood program reflects our community’s commitment to a sustainable future and showcases all that can be achieved through partnerships, including that of our Sustainable Pickering Contributors,” said Mayor Dave Ryan.


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