It rained on us, and it was a blustery, cold Sunday, but on Sunday October 16, 2011, Kleinburg residents got together and planted a new forest; Kleinburg New Forest North was truly born. Over 100 residents--mostly youngsters-- came out despite the rotten weather and helped to plant over 400 trees and shrubs that were donated by the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority.

They brought their shovels and wore rubber boots and in less than 2 hours, the first part of the southwest corner of the vacant park land was planted. (Who needs a Playstation when you have shovels, dirt and a few friends!) It was great to see everyone working together, and with such a strong community effort, the task was completed in half the scheduled time!

I was happy to help organize this event. I was really encouraged by the local business that donated their time and resources to making this a great afternoon. Special thanks to Jeff Wright from State Farm Insurance, The Kleinburg BIA, Avlyn Gardens Restaurant, Take 5, Frank Mazzuca, Big Top Carnivals and all the fire fighters at the station who pitched in and made things happen!

Kleinburg New Forest North is located at the corner of Treelawn Blvd and Islington Avenue (You might recognize it as the vacant land behind the Old Fire Hall.) Sunday was Phase One, but the entire planting project for this forest will take approximately 3 years with future plantings scheduled for both spring and fall.

I know that my kids will remember planting the trees in this park. I hope that they take pride in their part of creating a local green space.