Any community is fortunate to have local organizations committed to protecting and enhancing our natural spaces.
Residents may see the signs of their presence: perhaps the forest is growing larger, butterfly gardens appear or a fruit orchard exists where there used to be a vacant lot. Community members become more involved and more physically active, and children are engaged in learning more about our urban forests and agriculture.
Fort Garry-Riverview is truly fortunate in this regard. I’m highlighting two of the many organizations in my constituency in this article today. Crescent Park Rescue was the subject of a Member’s Statement I proudly gave to the Legislative Assembly recently (bit.ly/CrescentDrivePark).
Their work benefits one of our great parks in Fort Garry-Riverview. Members of the Crescent Park Rescue are tireless in their dedication to this important space. They have an incredible amount of experience, from their own backgrounds and by working closely with residents in our community.
In the summer, Crescent Park Rescue supervises Green Team students who work on protecting trees and improving access to the forest by laying new wood chips on park trails. This year, they are building a new butterfly garden that will contribute to the ecological balance of the park.
Crescent Park Rescue host many fun events year round, like the Skatefest and the Great Pumpkin Treasure Hunt. They are a great organization to be involved with. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Ron Mazur at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Riverview, Sustainable South Osborne Community Co-op is the driving force in community-based urban agriculture. They have done a lot of work in the community, like building the People Garden (named by daycare students who participated in the project) behind Riverview Community Centre.
They started the Intergenerational Gardening Club, where people of all ages can develop their knowledge of permaculture. They also started the Community Orchard on Churchill Drive and Baltimore Road with 60 fruit trees and berry bushes and space for herbs and crops. On Sept. 22, they are hosting the Harvest Dinner.
To learn more about the Sustainable South Osborne Co-op or to buy tickets for the Harvest Dinner, visit their website at southosbornecommons.ca or email Evan Bowness at email@example.com.
If you would like to learn about these or other local community groups, feel free to call me at 204-475-2270 or visit my website at JamesAllum.ca