Community Clean Sweep Day
The Community Clean Sweep Day event brings volunteers together who collectively help to clean our City of debris. Twice each year, volunteers scatter throughout parks, trails, walkways and main street boulevards with recycling and garbage bags, collecting litter to enhance our city’s environment.
The next Community Clean Sweep event will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Volunteers can meet at Oakes Park to collect their cleaning supplies and instructions starting at 10:00am. If you have a suggestion for us regarding a problematic garbage area, please let us know. We are encouraging volunteers to group together to concentrate on these problematic areas for the up-coming event. Please email Jeff Guarasci with your thoughts. Please complete our volunteer registration form to participate. For clean-up inspiration, visit the Garbage Guy's website.
Adopt A Street/Trail/Park/Walkway
The Adopt Program is a campaign to beautify and take pride in the City of Niagara Falls. Volunteer groups will be encouraged to either adopt a street, trail, park or walkway, thereby being responsible for litter pickup, weed pulling, etc. along the selected area. You can help keep your environment clean and beautiful. You can complete the application form online or contact Jeff Guarasci for updated documents including Applications, Waivers, Checklists and Safety Guidelines.
For volunteer and/or sponsorship opportunities, or for more information about Park in the City programs and events, please call 905-356-7521, extension 3330.
The City of Niagara Falls Environment Award, sponsored and endorsed by the Park in the City Committee, is presented to citizens, groups, businesses, industry or organizations residing or working in the City of Niagara Falls who have made a significant contribution toward the protection or enhancement of the City's environment.
Over the past 15 years, the City of Niagara Falls Park in the City Committee has recognized many groups and individuals who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the improvement and preservation of the environment. View the Past winners of the Niagara Falls Environment Award for a full list of recipients of the award.
Nominations will be accepted year round. A complete, one page submission will be accepted, including a bio and accomplishments of the nominee and the nominator's and nominee full contact information. Complete the Environment Award Nomination Form.
Note: Only winning submissions will be contacted prior to the annual Volunteer Recognition Evening. Recipients will be given 2 complimentary tickets to the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony.
Street Tree Program
For the past several years, the Park in the City has been very fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with generous supports including Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc., Ontario Power Generation, Walker Environmental and Walker Industries to deliver a complimentary program to the community that enhances the urban forest canopy. The Street Tree Program enables the Committee to plant roughly 40 to 50 complimentary trees on city boulevards, medians, trails and parks. The public is encouraged to request a free complimentary tree to be planted in the fall along their boulevard with the following requirements needed:
- Your boulevard is currently without a tree.
- You are the owner of the property requesting the tree.
- You have not made pre-arrangements with the City of Niagara Falls regarding a previous or existing tree on your boulevard.
- You have not participated before within the program.
- You do not live in a subdivision that is less than 4 years old.
2016 requests for street trees has reached its budget limit. To request a free street tree for 2017 (funding dependant), please ensure you meet the above requirements prior to making contact. Once you've identified that your property will qualify, please contact Jeff Guarasci. If you have a question relating to your existing street tree, please call the City's Service Centre at 905-356-1355. For further information on the Park in the City Committee's Street Tree Program, please call 905-356-7521 ext. 3341.
Annual Tree Seedling Sale Day
The Park in the City Committee encourages local residents, businesses and schools to plant native trees to help restore health to our urban environment. As part of the promotion, the Committee sells native seedlings for only $5.00 each. Over the last seven years, more than 3,000 seedlings have been sold. The seedling sale will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The seedling sale will be held at the MacBain Community Centre, located at 7150 Montrose Road. The sale takes place on the Saturday following the annual Arbour Day event. Tree species will be determined in early Spring. Tree seedlings are sold on a first come – first serve basis. Residents can pre-order seedlings with pre-payment at the MacBain Community Centre starting April 10, 2017 and running to April 26, 2017. A maximum of 20 seedlings can be pre-ordered and a minimum of 5 seedlings is needed to pre-order. Individual seedlings can be purchased on the event day. Quantities are limited through pre-order and on the sale day, so don’t wait! For more information, please call 905 356 7521 extension 3341.
Arbour Day Tree Planting
2017 Arbour Day will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017. Various students and volunteers will help plant native trees to celebrate the occasion. The event will take place from 10:00am to 1:00pm. The location of the tree planting will be Chippawa Lions Park. For more information, please call 905-356-7521 ext. 3341 or email Jeff Guarasci for complete details.
Park in the City Memorial Fund
A Living Legacy established since 2008. This donor program aims to help implement greening initiatives throughout the City of Niagara Falls. Plan a gift that helps to create a healthy environment. The City will issue letters for income tax purposes for donations $10 and greater. Donor Cards are available at most Niagara Falls Funeral Homes. Donations can also be made at Fairview Cemetery, MacBain Community Centre and the Gale Centre. The City will accept cheque and cash donations. For more information on how you can make a donation or on where funds are allocated to, please call recreation & Culture at 905-356-7521 extension 3330 or email.
2016 Tree & Garden Planting Events
Each year, the Park in the City Committee partners with various local groups to conduct tree planting events to help replenish urban tree canopy. Below is a listing of events that are planned for 2016. Dates and times for these events can change without notice. If you are interested in participating with any of these events below, please contact Jeff Guarasci by email or call 905-356-7521 ext.3341. please note, that some of these events have reached volunteer capacity or are by invitation only.
- 2016 Arbour Day - Friday, April 29 from 9am to 12pm. Millennium Recreational Trail - Niagara Falls Lions Legacy Pathway.
- Firemen's Park Pollinator Garden Planting - Tuesday, June 14 from 9am to 12pm. Firemen's Park top tier.
- Warren Woods Trail Tree Planting - Thursday, September 29 from 10am to 1pm. Warren Woods Trail.
- U-Haul Tree Planting - Tuesday, October 11 from 10am to 1pm. Paddock Trail Park.
- TD Tree Days - Saturday, October 22 from 10am to 1pm. Paddock Trail Park.