03/22/18

2018 Earth Week Clean Up is on Saturday, April 21

The 27th annual Earth Week Clean Up of Nature Sites in Oakville

on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9 am to 11 am is organized by the:

occpehr logoOakville Community Centre for
Peace, Ecology and Human Rights (OCCPEHR)
P.O. Box 52007, Oakville, ON L6J 7N5
(905) 849-5501, info@oakvillepeacecentre.org
www.oakvillepeacecentre.org

THE 27TH ANNUAL EARTH WEEK CLEAN UP PITCHES IN ON SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018

“Plan now to pitch-in at the 27th annual Earth Week Clean Up of nature sites in Oakville which will take place rain or shine on Saturday, April 21 from 9 am to 11 am,” exclaimed Stephen Dankowich, executive director of the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights.

“The trails, ravines, parks, lakefront or woodlots in your neighbourhood need a good spring cleaning and we are thrilled that there are a record fifty-three confirmed locations for our Clean Up!,” he said.


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Here is the list of locations that you are invited to pitch-in at on Saturday, April 21 at 9 am:

WARD 1: SOUTH WEST OAKVILLE (8 locations)

1. Bronte Bluffs Park staffed by Bronte Village Residents Association

2. Bronte Road & QEW car pool parking lot and along the banks of Twelve Mile Creek

3. Bronte Road & Wyecroft Road green spaces with Team Kevin Flynn, MPP Oakville

4. Coronation Park with Halton Police Track Program

5. Hopedale Park

6. Kinoak Arena and Brook Valley Park staffed by The Independents.ca

7. Lakeshore Woods with several meeting spots around Great Lakes Boulevard (10 am start)

8. Woodhaven Park and Sedgewick Park staffed by School Trustee Tracey Ehl

WARD 2: SOUTH CENTRAL OAKVILLE (6 locations)

1. Busby Park staffed by Charterability.com

2. Forster Park with West River Residents Association

3. Lakeside Park with Oakville Museum staff

4. Perkins Passage, meeting across from the Humane Society

5. Waterworks Park staffed by West Harbours Residents Association

6. YMCA for clean up at Suffolk Park and Glen Oak Park too

WARD 3: SOUTH EAST OAKVILLE (4 locations)

1. Clearview Park (on May 12 with Clearview Oakville Community Alliance, COCA)

2. Dunvegan Park

3. Maple Grove Arena and Joshua Valley Park with Joshua Creek Residents Association

4. Oakville Trafalgar High School with eco club members Earth Week Clean Up logo

WARD 4: NORTH WEST OAKVILLE (20 locations, 2 New!)

1. Aldercrest Park with Park Ambassador Cathy Buchanan

2. Arbourview Park with Oakvillegreen Conservation Association (10 am start)

3. Bronte Creek Provincial Park – Main Entrance with Friends of Bronte Creek Park
4. Bronte Creek Provincial Park – Campgrounds off of Upper Middle Road, Friends of Bronte Creek Park

5. Fourteen Mile Creek Trail at Millstone Park with Halton Green Screens (NEW!)

6. Fourth Line/Upper Middle Road and Glen Oak Creek Trail

7. Glen Oak Creek Trail at Monastery Drive

8. Heritage Way Park with Glen Abbey Neighbours Association

9. Indian Ridge Trail with South Peel Naturalists’ Club

10. Langtry Park with Change by Youth

11. Nottinghill Gate Park with 1st Scouts of the Al Falah Islamic Centre

12. Old Abbey Lane Park and trails between Dorval Drive, Montrose Abbey Lane and Old Abbey Lane (NEW!)

13. Sandpiper Road at Pheasant Lane to Upper Middle Road and north of West Oak Trails Boulevard to 3rd Line

14. Sixteen Hollow Park for trail clean up too off of Westoak Trails Boulevard

15. 2300 Upper Middle Road staffed by residents at The Balmoral

16. TD Bank at Third Line & Upper Middle Road for ravine clean up

17. Valleywood Court

18. Watercliffe Court Pond staffed by Bronte Creek Community Residents Association

19. West Oak Trails Park with the 36th Oakville Guides

20. Woodgate Woods

WARD 5: NORTH CENTRAL OAKVILLE (7 locations, 2 New!)

1. Isaac Park (NEW!)

2. Lions Valley Park staffed by Al Falah Islamic Centre

3. Memorial Park

4. Munns Creek Trails staffed by Park Ambassador Dave Stefan

5. Nipigon Trail with Councillor Jeff Knoll (NEW!)

6. Oxford Park

7. River Glen Park

WARD 6: NORTH EAST OAKVILLE (10 locations)

1. Algrove Park with Councillor Tom Adams

2. Bayshire Woods Park

3. Forest Glade Walkway

4. Glenashton Drive Bridge

5. Glenashton Park with the Oakville Chinese Senior 99 Association

6. Lancaster Woods

7. Litchfield Park with Trafalgar Presbyterian Church members

8. Pinery Park with staff, parents and students at Joshua Creek Public School (also on April 22)

9. Pondview Place; 300 Ravineview Way-The Brownstones

10. Postridge Park

“Please note that it’s not too late to set up a new location for clean up. There still are many green spaces that could use your attention on April 21. Individuals, families, students, clubs, not for profit groups, businesses and governmental organizations are participating in 2018. Bags and gloves will be delivered for your site.
Join in,” he urged.

The event is sponsored by the Parks and Open Space Department which also provides bags, gloves and pick up sticks, displays the map at libraries, recreation centres and Town Hall, promotes the event with mobile signs and donates free skate/swim passes to all site coordinators.

Halton Region’s Waste Management Department sponsors the fees for 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.

There are a total of 84 local sponsors of the event including 24 new sponsors in 2018. View the list at oakvillepeacecentre.org please.

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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 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 concluded.

HISTORY OF THE ANNUAL EARTH WEEK CLEAN UP

2010 Earth Week Clean Up Coordinators

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.

Since 1992, there have been a total of 133 location coordinators!

Up to and including the 2017 Clean Up, we have organized a total of 710 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 and a record fifty-two locations in 2017.

Since 1992, when there were thirty volunteers cleaning up under the Bronte Road Bridge at the QEW, the campaign has involved more than 79,500 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.

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.

Last spring, we were very pleased that a record 52 nature sites were cleaned up. More than 5,050 kilograms of garbage and scrap metal were trucked away after being picked up by 1,500+ enthusiastic volunteers. The response from the community for this event has been tremendous.

Let’s keep it going in 2018!

occpehr logoCONTACT 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@oakvillepeacecentre.org or by writing to P.O. Box 52007, Oakville L6J 7N5.

 

03/17/18

Quotable Quotes from Clean Up Coordinators

Quotable Quotes from Clean Up Coordinators

Earth Week Coordinators provided the following responses to the questions:

A. “I am involved in the Earth Week Clean Up as a coordinator because”:
B. “I have learned about my community while being a coordinator that”:

Carol Deeth, Clearview Oakville Community Alliance (Clearview Park)
A. I believe residents should take ownership of cleaning up their neighbourhood and keeping it clean.
A. We love our clean streets and parks.
B. When people are asked directly, they show up and WANT TO show up to help.

Councillor Tom Adams (Algrove Park)
A. Oakville is lucky to have so many committed Earth Week coordinators. These people are the residents and neighbours who make Oakville such a green community.
B. Residents are very proud of their community and love having a clean natural setting to enjoy.

Toaster and Sabrina Dementros, The Independents (Kinoak Arena, Brook Valley Park)
A. Make our town a better place to live one greenspace at a time.
B. Our community is grateful to us for their clean parks.

Colin John (Forest Glade Park)
A. I do not like to see litter when I go out for a walk.
B. People are very friendly.

Vanessa Dorrington, West River Residents Association (Hogs Back Park, Forster Park)
A. If we don’t care and look after our communities – who will?
B. Great family involvement.

Cathy Buchanan (Aldercrest Park)
A. We want to keep our neighbourhood pretty.
B. Everyone wants to help.

Peter Vandermyden (Bronte Road and QEW green spaces)
A. My location is the entrance to my neighbourhood and a mess here reflects on my neighbourhood.

Husnain Zakaria, Al Falah Islamic Centre (Lions Valley Park; Nottinghill Gate Park)
A. I believe in returning the favour to the environment and my community; I also believe it will never be enough.
B. The community responds to deserving causes.

Weidong Zhu, Glen Abbey Neighbour Association (Heritage Glen Park and trails)
A. Environmental protection is one of the key concerns of our association and we would like to contribute to its protection.

Dave Stefan (Munns Creek East)
A. I want to instill in my kids and their peer group that they need to also take care of the town they live in.
B. Once engaged, they are very willing to help.

Bob Ball, Oakville Provincial Liberal Association (Bronte Road and Wyecroft Road green spaces)
A. I want our community to be clean.
B. Being a coordinator is rewarding; you are part of the community, get to meet people and are acknowledged when you hear a car horn.

Gord Cochrane (Coronation Park)
A. We have a beautiful town and I like to assist in keeping Oakville that way.
B. We’ve had many members of the public thank our volunteers for their actions.

Carol Anderson and Keith Webster (Sandpiper Road at Pheasant Lane)
A. Good deeds are contagious.
B. People love the parks and walkways.

Gita Zoghi (Memorial Park)
A. The Earth is important for me and I am responsible for that.
B. How kids love to help in this job; they had lots of energy to help us and it was like a good nature experience.

Tracey Ehl (Woodhaven Park, Sedgewick Park)
A. It brings neighbours together to keep our neighbourhood clean and we have lots of fun in all sorts of weather conditions.
B. Most people do their best throughout the year to keep the neighbourhood very clean.

Antonio Fonseca (Fourth Line and Upper Middle Road)
A. It is a small but important way to give back to the community.
B. It fosters a sense of camaraderie and brings it together in a subtle way.

Karen Wilson Davis (West Oak Trails Park)
A. As a Guide Leader, part of our law is to “protect our common environment”.

Maggie Smylie, Deborah Bennet (Lakeshore Woods)
A. I love to see my community clean.
B. I’ve met some of the great folks who live in our neighbourhood and help with this event.

Susan Crane (Lakeside Park, Oakville Museum, Erchless Estates)
A. Our area is historic which is why we take pride in maintaining it. It is important to involve the community in this place of pride and coordinating this event gives people an opportunity to connect with museum in a different way. There’s nothing better than seeing those piles of garbage waiting to be picked up!
B. People are interested and concerned about the amount of trash created and do feel overwhelmed with how to help. You have to start small, look after your own backyard. It’s manageable and can see a direct result of your work.