The public is invited to a celebratory tree planting in the J. Frank MacAulay Park on Saturday, Sept. 19, to mark the completion of an environmental improvement project at the park.
A new swale was created in the park to assist with habitat creation, flood management, collection and slowing of stormwater flow and assistance with water filtration. Removal of invasive purple loosestrife was also part of the project.
In 2019, the city received a TD Green Space award, given in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, which allowed for the creation of the swale.
Swale construction is now complete, and the final part of the project is to plant native trees, shrubs and wildflowers. These plants will increase available habitat in the park and enhance the city’s green spaces.
The public is encouraged to participate in this planting, but to comply with COVID-19 related precautions, a maximum of 50 people will be able to take part in the volunteer planting day on Sept. 19 at 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration will be required.
Any needed training and guidance during the event will be provided by city staff on site, and volunteers will be required to abide by all regulations outlined by the Chief Public Health Office.
In line with this, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves and shovel, if possible. Extra tools will be supplied by the city and sanitized between users. To sign-up or learn more, visit Charlottetown.ca.