Green Side Up
Valley Park Middle School "Go Green" cricket pitch sod is laid
Laying sod for the Valley Park Middle School "Go Green" cricket pitch is almost complete.
There's some good background on this nearly two million dollar project in this Globe & Mail article: Priority area Thorncliffe Park to get fresh hope in form of cricket field.
They also have an official web site: Valley Park Go Green Cricket Field!
According to this TRCA article...
Rain water will be harvested from the school roof top, diverting it into a holding tank to irrigate the central cricket field. Other surface waters would flow into a bioswale, wetland and butterfly meadow, aimed at recreating the adjacent Don River's riparian habitat, attracting the vegetation and wildlife that congregates where water meets land. A community food garden would encourage environmental stewardship and connection to the local community. No longer would the Don River be cut off from the school yard by a line of chain link fence. With a school yard dotted with portables, land from the adjacent hydro corridor will be leased and portable buildings moved to create the 'Go Green,' sustainable, cricket field and community gathering place.
"I'm absolutely delighted with the proposal to expand the school yard and to make use of the Hydro lands that lie behind the school," says Councillor John Parker. "What we need to do is to make the best possible use of the public space that we have... so using hydro fields for recreational purposes is the kind of thing that we've done elsewhere and what we'd like to see happen here."
Project completion is scheduled for 2015.