Cycle the Sights of the Greenbelt Route
It's been almost a year since the official launch of the Greenbelt Route and we're feeling celebratory.
Last summer's inaugural ride was overwhelming success, and, just in time for Bike Month (May 30 to June 30) we've rolled out even more functionality on our interactive mobile-friendly Greenbelt Route website.
With updated points-of-interest, customizable itineraries, and suggested hikes and day-trips greenbelt.ca/route website offers the best of cycling and hiking experiences in the Greenbelt.
Check it to start to start planning your Bike Month cycling adventures.
Below are a few highlights to get you started!
Greenbelt staff presenting Friend of the Greenbelt certificate to students of Hampton Junior Public School. Artist Patty Bowman Kingsley (r) led guided the creation of the impressive mural.
On Wednesday May 18 we had the privilege of awarding the students of Hampton Junior Public School in Clarington a Friends of the Greenbelt certificate to celebrate the completion of their colourful and vibrant Greenbelt-inspired mural.
Commissioned by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and led by talented mural artist Patty Bowman Kingsley, the completed mural depicts natural wildlife and water features.
With Patty's guidance all 175 students from junior kindergarten to grade 3 got a chance to express themselves through art, while learning about importance of Ontario’s Greenbelt. Many students were even inspired to write about the scene they created - stories we got to hear at the award reception!
See below for pictures and videos! All photos courtesy of Patty Bowman Kingsley.
Growers plant asian pears, stellar peaches, and new varieties across Niagara with investment from Greenbelt Foundation
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May 24, 2016
GROWERS PLANT ASIAN PEARS, STELLAR PEACHES, AND NEW VARIETIES ACROSS NIAGARA WITH INVESTMENT FROM GREENBELT FOUNDATION
New and exciting varieties of fruit trees meet growing demand for Ontario-Grown tender fruit
A pilot project spearheaded by the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is supporting dozens of growers to plant over 111,000 trees to bolster Niagara’s thriving tender fruit industry. Participating growers began planting this spring, with more trees to be planted in the fall.
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May 17, 2016
FRESH COAT OF GREEN PAINT FOR HAMPTON JUNIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL
Collaboration Inspires Students to Write Short Stories About the Greenbelt
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation partnered with faculty and students to create a colourful and vibrant Greenbelt-inspired mural at Hampton Junior Public School in Clarington.
Mural artist Patty Bowman Kingsley guided all 175 students from junior kindergarten to grade 3 in expressing themselves through art, while educating the young participants about the importance of Ontario’s Greenbelt through experiential learning. Commissioned by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the completed mural depicts natural wildlife and water features.
Photo Credit: Michael Manet
Ontario is fortunate to have a landscape and ecology that sustains us with soil to grow our food, with forests to clean our air, and with rugged wilderness to explore. In the Canadian tradition, the land shapes our childhoods, supports our economy and represents our future. The Greenbelt is part of this heritage, building connections between those who grow our food and act as stewards of the land, and those who live in cities nearby.
I am pleased that the Province’s recent announcement on the Land Use Planning Review recognized the value of compact complete communities and green landscape, with recommendations to protect clean water and agriculture, to contain sprawl, and to grow the Greenbelt.
Tuesday May 10, 2016
Statement from Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation CEO Burkhard Mausberg Regarding Provincial Announcement on the Land Use Planning Review
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is pleased that the Province’s response to the Crombie report recognizes the value of compact complete communities and green landscape, with recommendations to protect clean water and agriculture, to contain sprawl, and to grow our Greenbelt to include 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands.
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Thursday May 5, 2016
WINNERS OF GREENBELT PHOTO CONTEST EN ROUTE TO TORONTO PEARSON FOR GALLERY EXHIBITION
Winners of Greenbelt Photo Contest en route to Toronto Pearson for gallery Exhibition
20 Winning Photos to be showcased at Malton Gallery in Terminal One as part of Photo Tour
As part of the celebrations of the 10th Anniversary of the Greenbelt, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation partnered with the Professional Photographers of Canada – Ontario, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection to host a photo competition featuring scenes from the Greenbelt. The winning photos are now going on tour through the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
The twenty winning photographs will be on display at the Malton Gallery in Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport for travellers to enjoy. The winning photos, selected by a jury of professional photographers and creative employees from the three participating organizations, were featured in an exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinberg.
April 2015 Newsletter
Farmers' Markets, Photo Exhibits, and more!
This month's newsletter features:
- Farmers' Market Opening Dates
- An Greenbelt Photo Exhibit
- A Smart Growth Primer
- And more... !
Grantee Spotlight is a blog series highlighting the experiences and successes of the Foundation’s grantees, as they work with communities and other Greenbelt partners to keep our province’s farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable for future generations.
First proposed more than 60 years ago, the enduring vision of connected and protected trail along the Credit River is becoming a reality. This past September, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced a $100,000 grant to support the creation of the Credit Valley Trail Master Plan.
The grant supports Credit Valley Conservation and the Credit Valley Heritage Society as they work towards the creation Master Plan by 2017 and a fully actualized 110-kilometre hiking trail within the next 10-15 years! It might seem like a long-time to wait, but there are lots of important milestones to celebrate along the way.
Read project-lead Susan Robertson’s latest Credit Valley Trail (CVT) update to get the inside scoop on this visionary project (see Susan's earlier update here).
Port Credit, Mississauga
If you’ve been following the conversations around the review of the Growth and Greenbelt Plans you’ve almost certainly heard about the importance of "smart growth", "intensification", and "compact communities".
But what do these terms really mean? And what would smart growth mean in practice?