Turning a City into a Homegrown National Park
Satellite mini-parks are spreading within my community of Seaton Village. This year, the David Suzuki Foundation launched the Homegrown National Park project to create a green corridor following the path of one of Toronto’s buried rivers, the Garrison Creek, which once ran from central-west Toronto down to Fort York on the banks of Lake Ontario. The Homegrown National Park will transpose the qualities of Canada’s iconic national parks into urban residential settings.
A few streets away from Palmerston Square, on Manning Avenue, my eight-year old neighbor Felixe Pellizzari reflects on her green community spirit: “I was so proud to have a sign in front of our house showing that we’re part of the Homegrown National Park. We’re planting flowers and plants for the bees and butterflies on our street and that’s good for the environment.”
In Palmerston Square, we most recently created a massive interactive art installation, recreating the refrigerator magnet poetry concept on a larger scale. Words painted onto recycled carpet tubes can be moved around on a block-long fence to create phrases, sentences, and poems. The concept originated from Annex-based artist Ksenija Spasic and was installed by children and adults in our community, led by resident, Yu Li. Several neighbors knit-bombed the fence with wool flowers and garlands, created fabric trees, and painted on the grey pavement.