Green Cities Foundation and St. Matthew’s House team up to ‘green’ urban space for residents.
Hamilton, Ontario, August 18, 2020 — St. Matthew’s House has been chosen by the Green Cities Foundation to be the FIRST #GreenMyCity project in Hamilton. Launching this initiative will be a tree-planting celebration on August 21 by the children of St. Matthew’s House child care program, with a land acknowledgement and special ritual created by the children. Renderings and plans for the project will be available.
When completed by spring 2021, the transformative #GreenMyCity project will have re-imagined pavement, parking lot and paltry nature into a healthy, sustainable green space complete with a green playground, community gardens, log structures, creative and active spaces, community gathering spaces and greenery. Lots and lots of greenery. One of the many lessons of 2020 is the absolute need for safe, green, open spaces outdoors for all citizens and all ages.
St. Matthew’s House is a not-for-profit agency that has a mission to support and empower seniors, children and vulnerable folks in Hamilton. It is uniquely positioned to understand the power of green space and the impact of the #GreenMyCity project on its clients and the neighbourhood. Green Cities Foundation exists to connect plants and people for a greener, healthier urban climate.
The vision for the project also includes the Business Out of the Box project, a Women’s Entrepreneur Collective that develops small retail businesses through a collaborative model. The Native and hardy plant species planted in the busy Barton East corner will create a buffer zone for healthy, sustainable green space in a dense urban environment, manage air pollution and contribute to energy savings.
Partners in the enterprise are Green Cities Foundation, major sponsor RBC Insurance, St. Matthew’s House, the Hamilton Community Foundation, the Anglican Diocese of Niagara, Barton Village BIA, Beautiful Alleys, the City of Hamilton, the Golden Horseshoe Chapter of Landscape Ontario and the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association membership.
Friday, August 21, 11 am
Woodlands Park, at the corner of Barton Street and Sanford Avenue, Hamilton
Parking is available along Barton Street, Wentworth Street, and in the Woodlands Park lot on Wentworth, just north of Fire Station #6.
Children present will have photo permissions.
Rebecca Doutre, Executive Director, Green Cities Foundation
Renée Wetselaar, Executive Director