A large green space in Oriole Park has officially re-opened.
Officials with the City of Red Deer, CN Rail and Tree Canada announced on Wednesday the completion of the Oriole Park Naturalization Project on Oleander Drive.
Four hundred native trees, 700 shrubs and a number of other native plants now call the space home, including at least one Lodgepole Pine (Alberta's official tree), a Saskatoon tree (Indigenous tree of choice), and the Maple tree to represent Canada.
“We hear frequently that citizens love our parks and trails, and adding to the city’s urban forest enables us to enhance natural spaces like Oriole Park and ensure they can thrive in our ever changing climate,” said City Manager Craig Curtis.
The overall project was made even better after CN chipped in $25,000 and the Government of Canada contributed $1200 as part of 150 tree-planting initiatives happening across the country.
“Red Deer is respected as a city in a park, and the naturalization of spaces like Oriole Park enables us to continue expanding trail linkages and the Waskasoo Park system while balancing the ever changing environmental, social and economic needs of our growing community,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Today is about building on our city’s natural beauty. “
Veer added the tree planting is especially well-timed given the thousands of trees lost in the June 20 windstorm.
The celebration Wednesday also included the distribution of 200 seedlings and a presentation from the City’s urban forester on how to plant and grow the seedlings.
The total cost of the improvements is around $55,000.
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