GALA Meeting, 100in1 Day Hamilton, and Trailhead Ontario Community Day

Just had an amazing but busy weekend with the Street Tree Project!

On Saturday (June 6), I headed out to a branch of the Hamilton Public Library down Barton Street East to attend the monthly Gibson and Landsdale Area (GALA) Meeting to see what's being planned for the area and to promote the project to get some more publicity. They were busy planning many great things for the community such as the Barton Street Festival, Pan-Am BBQ, and the Beautiful Alleys Clean-up. Brenda Duke (GALA co-treasurer) later offered to include our poster in the July/August community paper (The Herald), so hopefully requests for street trees continue to be fly in once our project is over!

After the GALA meeting, I headed over to Powell Park to meet volunteer Maine Be to host our very own 100in1 Day Hamilton intervention! We set up a table where kids could draw while we talk to their parents about the benefits of street trees. After 2 hours of talking to several families, we got a few requests and had many people interested in the program! Hopefully they visit the Hamilton Free Street Tree website and request their very own. To wrap up our day, we headed down Barton for a bit of door-to-door canvassing.

On Sunday (June 7), I headed to Mills Plaza on the McMaster campus for the first ever Trailhead Ontario 2015 Community Day! There were a bunch of different trail groups that came from across Hamilton, Halton, and Burlington for a two-day conference that will be taking place on Monday and Tuesday. I set up a table to inform people of the Free Street Tree Program that the City of Hamilton offers, and this impressed quite a few individuals that travelled from outside of the City, as their regions did not offer such a sweet deal. Fortunately, most of the people I talked to already had plenty of trees planted across their properties and some even planted trees in their favourite fishing spots are along the road in their home towns!

Although the turnout was mediocre at first, the plaza got busier later on in the day with most of the attention focused on the Conversation Halton booth that hosted a few very impressive birds of prey. Overall, the Community Day was definitely a success and it was refreshing to meet with so many individuals who were active in greening the environment and were pro-sustainability.

Turnout at Trailhead Ontario 2015 Community Day