Oakville Earth Week Clean Up – 28th Annual
Sun Apr 28, 2019, Oakville, ON
The 28th annual Earth Week Clean Up on Saturday, April 27, 2019 is organized by the:
Oakville Community Centre for
Peace, Ecology and Human Rights,
P.O. Box 52007, Oakville, ON L6J 7N5
(905) 849-5501, info (at) oakvillepeacecentre.org
Media Release (for immediate publication and circulation):
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
FOR A CLEAN, GREEN, LITTER-FREE OAKVILLE!
“Coordinators of the 28th annual Earth Week Clean Up of Nature Sites in Oakville do an incredible job for the benefit of our community and in support of our campaign for a clean, green, litter-free Oakville,” remarked Stephen Dankowich, executive director of the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights.
Here is a list of the fifty-two nature sites to be cleaned up and information about the site coordinators and where they will be greeting volunteers with bags, gloves and a big smile on Saturday, April 27, 2019:
WARD ONE: (Four locations)
1. Staffed by the Bronte Village Residents Association, Bronte Bluffs Park is at the end of West River Street just west of Bronte Harbour. Contact: brontevillageresidents (at) gmail.com
2. Visitors to Bronte Creek Provincial Park will be offered a bag and gloves by members of the Friends of Bronte Creek Park at the Main Entrance off of Burloak Drive and at the Campgrounds off of Upper Middle Road and west of Bronte Road. Contact: bcppfriends (at) gmail.com
3. Clean up the mess around the Bronte Road and QEW carpool parking lot and then along the banks of the Twelve Mile Creek underneath the bridge with coordinator Peter Vandermyden.
4. At Lakeshore Woods, there are several meeting spots around Great Lakes Boulevard (10 am start) with coordinator Linda Zylik. Pitch-in for the Clean Up at Creek Path Woods, Sheldon Creek Trail, Shell Park free-run dog park, Nautical Park, Nautical Woods Park and Village Wood Park and then enjoy a luncheon at noon donated by local neighbourhood supportive businesses.
WARD TWO: (Thirteen locations)
1. The clean up at Aldercrest Park begins at the bridge at the end of Blackthorn Place with Park Ambassador Cathy Buchanan. Loyola students can join in here!
2. People living around Rebecca Street between Morden Road and Fourth Line can join coordinators Heather White and Emiro Martinez-Osorio at T.A. Blakelock High School. This team will attend to the Clean Up around the YMCA, along Rebecca Street, and at Suffolk and Glen Oak Parks.
3. Begin at Coronation Park to help clean up a big chunk of public property between Third Line and Bronte Road around Lakeshore Road. Clean up along the lakefront from Coronation Park at Third Line to Bronte Road including at the Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park. Continue north to Lakeshore Road then eastward to the Bronte Athletic Park. This clean up will be attended to by volunteers with the Halton Region Police Track Program headed by Constable Ron Ferlin together with site coordinator Gord Cochrane.
4. Forster Park and Hogs Back Park which is at the Speers and Cornwall crossing are being cleaned up by members and supporters of the West River Residents Association. The WRRA does a tremendous job promoting the event including the display of hand-painted signage along Queen Mary Drive. Contact: vanessadorrington (at) gmail.com
5. The Glen Oak Creek Trail at Monastery Drive collects a lot of debris around the Monastery Bakery. Ken Brodner and son Erik host the event here and encourage Loyola students to pitch-in here.
6. Hopedale Park coordinators Sharon and Earl Wiese meet volunteers on Tansley Drive.
7. Do you love birds? Join members of the South Peel Naturalists’ Club for the tidying up of Indian Ridge Trail. Meet at the entrance to the trails on Lindsay Drive at North Service Road across from Staples Business Depot (an event sponsor), and proceed towards Fourth Line.
8. Green spaces around Kinoak Arena as well as Brook Valley Park are staffed by Sabrina and Toaster Dementros of The Oakville Independents. Contact: info (at) theindependents.ca
9. Gather at Old Abbey Lane Park to also pitch-in for the trails between Dorval Drive, Montrose Abbey Lane and Old Abbey Lane with coordinator Donna Morano and family.
10. Trafalgar Park at Kerr and Rebecca Streets is a new location in 2019 now staffed by Geeta Mungo.
11. Valleywood Court in Glen Abbey meets at the end of the court here for the continuing clean up of Glen Oak Creek trails with coordinators Christine and Robert Schultz.
12. Waterworks Park is at the base of Kerr Street along Lake Ontario and is staffed by members of the West Harbours Residents Association.
13. The neighbourhood Earth Week Clean Up at Woodhaven Park and Sedgewick Forest is hosted by School Trustee Tracey Ehl Harrison and family.
WARD THREE: (Seven locations)
1. Albion Park and Wedgewood Park are being attended to by students from Oakville Trafalgar High School and members of the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights who will meet in the OT parking lot. Contact: info (at) oakvillepeacecentre.com
2. Busby Park is located behind the downtown Central Library at the harbour of the beautiful Sixteen Mile Creek. This site is staffed by CharterAbility.com, a charitable organization dedicated to providing accessible recreational boating experiences for people of all ages with disabilities. Contact: charterability (at) hotmail.com
3. On Saturday, May 11 at 9 am, a huge clean up is again being organized by the Clearview Oakville Community Alliance (COCA). Residents will gather at Clearview Park and proceed to clean up the whole wide neighbourhood including Clearview Woods, Kingsway Park, Bishopstoke Park, Wynten Park, Jonathan Park as well as trails along Kingsford Gardens and the Avonhead Ridge Trail. All volunteers at this site are invited to a post Clean Up BBQ at Clearview Park.
4. Dunvegan Park is located behind sponsor Sobeys grocery store at Maple Grove Village. The long time site coordinator has been Paul Dankowich, OCCPEHR administrative assistant. Contact: info (at) oakvillepeacecentre.com
5. Learning and Community Development Officer Susan Crane and other Oakville Museum staff are coordinating the clean up at Lakeside Park and the historic Erchless Estates. Contact: susan.crane (at) oakville.ca
6. The Joshua Creek Residents’ Association is meeting at Maple Grove Arena to clean up the park there as well as Joshua Valley Park’s many trails east and west of Ford Drive. Contact: president (at) joshuacreek.org
7. Perkins Passage is located off of Cornwall Road across from the Oakville and Milton Humane Society. Coordinator Lynne Dolan and family will be directing volunteers to Post Park, Maple Valley Park, the Cornwall Road Sports Park and along both sides of Cornwall Road from Trafalgar Road to Chartwell Road.
WARD FOUR: (Ten locations)
1. Arbourview Park is located west of Third Line and north of Upper Middle Road. Beatriz Gomez and other members of the Oakvillegreen Conservation Association are staffing this lovely area of town. Contact: programs (at) oakvillegreen.org
2. The Glen Oak Creek Trails north of Upper Middle Road at Fourth Line is staffed by long time coordinator Antonio Fonseca.
3. Heritage Way Park and various trails including the Glen Abbey Trail and those on the Fourteen Mile Creek Lands will be tidied up by residents and students enrolled at Abbey Park Secondary School in an effort coordinated by Weidong Zhu, President of the Glen Abbey Neighbours Association. Contact: wzhu (at) wustl.edu
4. Langtry Park is in the southwest corner of Glen Abbey.
5. Just east of Third Line on Upper Middle Road there is a ravine behind the TD Bank that always need a good spring cleaning. Thanks are extended to coordinator Amy Young for rallying local residents to this location which is another good site for Loyola SS students to go to.
6. The trails north and south of the intersection at Sandpiper Road at Pheasant Lane are cleaned up annually from Upper Middle Road to north of West Oak Trails Boulevard at 3rd Line with coordinators Carol Anderson and Keith Webster.
7. Pick up waste at Sixteen Hollow Park and the trails behind Westoak Trails Boulevard with coordinator Sharon Brodner.
8. Westoak Trails Park next to Garth Webb Secondary School is thoroughly cleaned up under the leadership of Karen Wilson Davis and the 36th Oakville Guides.
9. Woodgate Woods is off of Postmaster Drive and a great location for students from Pope John Paul II to attend under the supervision of coordinator Voulay Caffrey and family.
10. NEW AND JUST ADDED! Summit Ridge Drive Trails. Join Lynne Jenkins and neighbours for a new annual spring cleaning of the local ravines and trails.
WARD FIVE: (Seven locations)
1. Memorial Park in the rapidly developing Oak Park neighbourhood has volunteers meeting on Hays Boulevard with coordinator Gita Zoghi.
2. Meet at Munn’s Avenue and Margot Street to clean up the Munns Creek Trails and neighbourhood parks in an effort initiated by the Stefan family who are Park Ambassadors.
3. People living along the Nipigon Trail are meeting just south of River Oaks Boulevard off of Sixth Line. Tidy up the ravines and trail from Upper Middle Road to Glenashton Drive. Ask for Richard Slatter, the site coordinator.
4. Councillor Jeff Knoll is encouraging Ward Five residents to join him in cleaning up Memorial Park and Oak Park Walk.
5. Oakville Park will be staffed by students from White Oaks Secondary School. Meet at the entrance to the park off of McCraney Street East to tidy up this park which extends north all the way up to Upper Middle Road.
6. Meet at the trail entrance to Oxford Park located at the end of Peerless Court to join with coordinators Michelle and Jeff Sholdice. The Cedar Creek Trails west of McCraney Street West also are included in this site’s clean up.
7. Coordinators Geoff and Mary Hospital gather volunteers together at the entrance to the trails on Marlatt Drive, south of River Glen Boulevard, for the neighbourhood Clean Up that extends through River Glen Park next to Our Lady of Peace Elementary School.
WARD SIX: (Nine locations)
1. Join together at Algrove Park on White Oaks Boulevard to tidy up this park and the trails of Morrison Valley South which extend down to Town Hall with Councillor Tom Adams and family.
2. Remax Broker Paul Butler does a great job at Bayshire Woods Park with everyone meeting at the entrance to the park off of Bayshire Drive just east of Grand Boulevard.
3. Volunteers living around Iroquois Ridge High School can clean up the ravines and trails of Morrison Valley North by meeting on Glenashton Drive at the Bridge located between Trafalgar Road and Eighth Line. Student environmentalist Yawar Ashraf and members of the Iroquois Ridge High School Green Team will join coordinator Don Meade.
4. Under the direction of Mr. Jinglie Dou, the Oakville Chinese Senior 99 Association is meeting at the Iroquois Ridge Community Centre to pitch in at the adjacent Glenashton Park and Nena Woods Park.
5. Litchfield Park and a portion of the Morrison Valley south of Upper Middle Road are being cleaned up by the Trafalgar Presbyterian Church and friends. The starting point is at Litchfield Park at the corner of Litchfield Road and White Oaks Boulevard. Contact: trafalgarchurchadmin (at) bellnet.ca
6. The Parent-Child Council at Joshua Creek Public School is organizing the community clean up around at and around Pinery Park. Gather in the school parking lot at 10 am for the Clean Up and enjoy a pizza party at noon sponsored by the RBC. Contact: jcps.council (at) gmail.com
7. Postridge Park and the trails and pathways behind the Dundas Street shopping centres just east of Trafalgar Road are spruced up by coordinators Niki and Brad Jandrew.
8. Sheridan Hills Park/Lancaster Woods coordinators Irina and Alex will meet volunteers on Lancaster Drive between Grosvenor Street and Sheridan Public School. Bags and gloves will be provided. Contact: irina.fomenko (at) yahoo.com
9. Residents from The Brownstones on Ravineview Way pitch in to clean up the ravines and trails in the area and Pondview Pond under the coordinatorship of Leslie Osborne.
WARD SEVEN (Two locations)
1. Isaac Park is located in the newly created Ward Seven. It will be the meeting place for residents who want to clean up wherever they live anywhere north of Dundas Street. Come to this park to pick up your bags and gloves and return to your immediate neighbourhood or the green space that your team will clean up. Coordinators Mamta and Ajay Rosha will greet you at Isaac Park and get you going.
2. Lions Valley Park is one of the most beautiful parks in all of Oakville and it is yours to discover! Enter the park south off of Dundas Street and just east of Neyagawa Boulevard. Husnain Zakaria of the Al Falah Islamic Centre will greet you with bags and gloves. Also, representatives of various local Starbucks outlets will be serving ice tea or coffee, depending on the weather, to all volunteers.
It’s not too late to set up a new location. Please contact us right away to get you organized for a successful clean up at your site! Bags and gloves are supplied. Thanks.
SPONSORS OF THE 2019 EARTH WEEK CLEAN UP
The main sponsors of this event are the Town of Oakville’s Parks and Open Space Department and Halton Region’s Waste Management Department.
The Parks and Open Space Department provides bags, gloves and mobile display signage in support of the annual campaign. The Town’s Cartography Department produced a large map highlighting the Clean Up sites and it is now on display in all municipal facilities including libraries, recreation centres and at the entrance into Town Hall. The map also can be viewed at the oakvillepeacecentre.org and oakville.ca websites.
Halton Region’s Waste Management Department sponsors two garbage trucks, one to pick up metal and one to pick up garbage on the afternoon of the event.
Pitch-In Canada also provides bags.
Local community sponsors have sustained this campaign for twenty-seven years and this year we enjoy the support of seventy-seven sponsoring organizations.
Readers can visit oakvillepeacecentre.org to view the full list of event sponsors in 2019. This list of sponsors also has been printed up in our 10,000 copy event newspaper which is being circulated by coordinators, volunteers and the sponsors themselves.
Hey! Did you know? Film.ca Cinemas is sponsoring the 28th annual Earth Week Clean Up:
Please note that all volunteers at the annual Earth Week Clean of Oakville nature sites will receive a coupon for a free small box of popcorn to enjoy while viewing a movie at Film.ca Cinemas located on Speers Road just west of Kerr Street. The coordinators at all clean up locations will be distributing the coupons to volunteers at their sites.
ENUMERATING THE MANY BENEFITS OF THE ANNUAL CLEAN UP
“This annual event is the largest community-wide Clean Up in Canada during Earth Week,” remarked Don Meade, a Board Member.
“The annual Clean Up encourages people to take care of their own neighbourhood and it has contributed to building community by bringing neighbours together. In addition, it saves tens and tens of thousands of dollars a year for the local taxpayer and significantly boosts property values,” he stated.
“The Clean Up campaign is succeeding in promoting awareness and respect for biodiversity, local nature and our trails, parks and waterways. We are beautifying the local natural environment, protecting wildlife and benefiting people’s health while doing our best to encourage environmental activism in our schools and throughout our community,” he noted.
“The Clean Up is a family activity that will be remembered, cherished and talked about for years to come. By participating, parents are educating their children about the importance of the natural environment in a very practical way,” said Mr. Meade. “The Clean Up will allow everyone to enjoy trash-free parks and trails this spring and summer,” he said.
“This annual campaign is succeeding in reaching its goals of increasing awareness and practical concern for our local natural environment in Oakville,” he concluded.
HISTORY OF THE ANNUAL EARTH WEEK CLEAN UP
“The campaign has been a real grass roots accomplishment! Over the years, citizens concerned about littering and the protection of our local natural environment became coordinators of the Clean Up in their neighbourhood,” remarked Mr. Dankowich, a co-founder of the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights in 1992.
“Since 1992 to 2019, there have been a total of 152 coordinators including six new coordinators this year. Coordinators are the backbone of the campaign and true environmental heroes of our community.
Up to and including the 2018 Clean Up, we have organized a total of 768 neighbourhood clean ups. We began with one in 1992, five in 1993, six in 1994 and 1995, twelve in 1996, twenty-seven locations in 2002, thirty-eight sites in 2004, forty-seven in 2016, fifty-two locations in 2017 and the new record fifty-eight sites in 2018.
Since our first clean up in 1992, when there were thirty members cleaning up under the Bronte Road Bridge at the QEW, the campaign has involved more than 81,500 students and citizens.
Coordinators have primarily included individuals, families or groups of families working together.
Over the years, other not for profit organizations also have played a large role in encouraging participation in this community-wide effort. In 2019, nineteen various organizations are staffing a nature site and are the coordinators for that Clean Up.
Coordinators have regularly reported that their neighbourhood has become a lot cleaner and a lot more liveable thanks to the annual clean up. Many have said that they have less and less to clean up each year with the larger pieces of garbage long ago removed.
The response from the community for this event has been tremendous. Let’s make Oakville a clean, green, litter-free community on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Pitch-in!
Happy Earth Day and Happy Earth Week! Please share the news with many others,” concluded Mr. Stephen Dankowich.
CONTACT INFORMATION: For more information, please contact the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights at (905) 849-5501, by e-mail at info (at) oakvillepeacecentre.org or by writing to P.O. Box 52007, Oakville L6J 7N5.