The Corporation of The City of London
July 27, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Community groups encouraged to Adopt-A-Park
Adopt-A-Park, a program seeking community groups of all types and
sizes to partner with the City of London maintaining and enhancing local
parks, launched today. The program aims to promote community engagement, neighbourhood pride & environmental stewardship and is one of the key
projects identified within the London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy.
The project will see each community group commit to working with the City
for at least two years in coordinating park projects and events, including
hosting two annual clean-up days in the park.
The City, in turn, will provide the tools each group will need to be
successful in their cleanup and enhancement efforts, and provide assistance
and expertise with requesting funding and coordinating plantings.
Mayor Fontana believes Adopt-a-Park will inspire neighbourhood groups and
residents to take an active role in their local green spaces. He says,
“London’s parks are made for people and we want families and individuals to
find London’s outdoor spaces welcoming – great community gathering places.
Keeping up appearances is important and this program will encourage
Londoners to partner with City staff to make certain our parks are well kept
and tidy. Extra eyes and hands and a direct link to each other will help get
the job done. Thank you and a green thumbs up to the members of Royal View
Church for being number one on the list to Adopt-a-Park.”
Caring for a local park could include watering and looking after trees and
shrubs, cleaning up litter, removing graffiti and maintaining and enhancing
other elements in the park.
More information about
Adopt-A-Park is available by calling the Community Projects Coordinator
at 519-661-4980 or sending an .
The London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy is a
roadmap containing ideas for creating the best city imaginable. It came to
life in late 2008, and was developed by 90 City of London residents who felt
passionately about making their neighbourhoods great places to live, work
Endorsed by City Council in 2011 and identified as a priority, this is a
city-wide plan which impacts and contributes to the quality of life in every
London neighbourhood. Today, residents from across the city are dedicated to
London Strengthening Neigbourhoods Strategy.