Location: St. James Park, Downtown Toronto, Ontario
Community Impact: After five weeks playing host to Occupy Toronto protesters, the lawn at Toronto’s St. James Park suffered severe damage as the lawn was trampled to death. The 7-acre site was brought back to life in just two days with the help of Project EverGreen Canada and local volunteers and organizations, including the Nursery Sod Growers Association of Ontario, Project EverGreen and Landscape Ontario.
More than 13,000 rolls of sod and two dozen dump trucks of soil — all donated — were used to beautify the urban park. In all, more than $60,000 in labor was donated to the project.
Project manager Alan White, owner of Turf Systems said, “When you consider the immense environmental benefits of turf, the revitalization of St. James Park will make a huge impact. A new lawn in the park will have the equivalent impact of producing enough clean air for 2,180 people each day.”
Volunteers from member Landscape Ontario, Project EverGreen and Nursery Sod Growers Association firms were on site Dec. 7 for preparation work, but the noticeable difference occurred the following day as more than 150 volunteers helped place the new sod.
Restoring the lawn at St. James Park was an effort on par with planting a forest of trees when it comes to cleaning our air and creating the best situation for a healthy environment, according to Project EverGreen.
Site Prep, including 24 dump truck loads of topsoil
Installation of 13,000 rolls of sod
Completion Date: December 7, 2011
Estimated Project Value: $60,000
Estimated Value of Volunteer Time: