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New Report Creates a Vision and Economic Analysis for Green Infrastructure in Three Ontario Communities

March 14th, 2018 – Toronto. The Ontario Parks Association (OPA) and the Green Infrastructure Foundation (GIF) are pleased to present the results of the Green Infrastructure Engagement, Valuation, and Training Program in Ontario. This program engaged municipal staff and private sector organizations in one-day design charrettes to reimagine what their communities would look like with intensive green infrastructure. The program was made possible by Seed Grant Funding provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The design charrettes were held in Mississauga, Toronto and Richmond Hill, where groups of interdisciplinary stakeholders were brought together to visualize real sites with green infrastructure. Following the charrette, the redesigns were subjected to an aggregate economic analysis. The visuals and narratives created by the participants established a compelling vision for the value of green infrastructure in their communities.

Click here to read the full Media Release.

Click here to read the Green Infrastructure in Mississauga, Richmond Hill and Toronto - A Visualization and Cost-Benefit Analysis Report

Yardstick is working to collect, share and compare vital parks information to measure current performance, evaluate user satisfaction and advocate for future improvements. They are comparing parks locally, nationally and globally. 

Interested in seeing some of the information that can be produced by the Yardstick report? Click on the report snippet links below.

Yardstick June Report (Click here to download)

Download the April Yardstick Snippet

Yardstick March Report Snippet - Playgrounds

Yardstick February Report Snippet - Dog Park Provisions

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Forest Bathing

Slowing down, tuning in. With forest bathing, the slow movement takes to the woods.

March 26, 2018 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

When Toronto physician Mike Evans released “23½ Hours” on YouTube, the video went viral. The engaging presentation explained that the best thing you can do for your physical and mental health is to walk for 30 minutes a day. The doctor’s list of the benefits derived from this simplest of exercise regimens is comprehensive and impressive. Now studies show you can go one giant stride farther if you take that walk among trees.

Click here to read the full article.

Invasive Plant Species

How well do you know your invasive species? Several organization have come together to create this pocket book to help you identify potentially dangerous invasive species.

To download a copy of this guide, click here.

Grow Me Instead by Ontario Invasive Plant Council

This guide will help you to identify invasive garden plants and provides you with suitable native or non-native, non-invasive alternatives.

To download a copy of this guide, click here.

Native Species

Need some help choosing native species for your garden? Check out this card flip book created by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority listing native plant species for every garden type!

Tor download a copy of this flip book, click here

"Greening Your Grounds" by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

TRCA has created a new guide to making the most of the rain that falls on your property! Click here to order your own copy of this amazing resource.

Toronto Star reports, "Trees in urban areas may help reduce risk of asthma attacks" - New UK research suggests that the risk of asthma attacks in polluted urban areas can be reduced if the area also includes plenty of trees.

Click here to read the full article

The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the state of public health in Canada 2017 - Designing Healthy Living

A message from Canada's Chief Public Health Officer:

Without being aware of it, our neighbourhoods and how they are built influence how healthy we are.

I chose designing healthy living as the topic for my first report as Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer because of the tremendous potential that changing our built environment has for helping Canadians live healthier lives.

Click here to read the full report.

Living Architecture Monitor Magazine

Check out the Vertical Stormwater Management issue of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine.


Check out Paul Ronan's latest article in the STIHL Proline:

Lyme Disease Resource Kit

The Lyme Disease Stakeholder Resource Group has developed a Lyme disease resource tool kit to help you and your staff stay safe from ticks this summer. 

Download your resource kit by clicking the following links: 8.5" x 11" poster11" x 17" posterfact sheetstory and PowerPoint presentation.

Ontario Parks Association Publications:

OPA has been producing The Green Sward since 1969. Want to re-read your favourite Green Sward articles? Or look at pictures from back in the day? Email OPA and we will send you a PDF!

Members can check out the Green Sward online in the Members Only section. 

Hospital design in North Bay that connects patients to nature for their well-being


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