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April 2023  Cleanup

Centennial Park

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Centennial Park Clean-Up! This clean-up is a great opportunity to meet new, like-minded individuals, make a positive impact on the community and gain volunteer hours. Our cleanup was a massive sucess, hosting over 150+ volunteers, 30+ executive HNP members. As a community we were able to collect over 25+ bags of trash from Centennial Park throughout the 4 hour event.

Why Centennial Park?

  • Centennial Park is 526 acres - making it one of the largest publicly owned parks in Toronto.

    • It has been estimated that close to 1.5 million people visit this park annually.

  • People of all ages and ethnicities visit Centennial park every day - it is a welcoming and inclusive space for all!

    • Because this park is so high in use, the chances of littering are high.

  • Due to COVID-19, the amount of litter that residents and visitors are leaving in Toronto parks has dramatically increased.

    • This has significantly impacted the abundant plant and animal life found in the park.

    • As a result, this littering may cost the city up to $250,000 to clean up, which is why volunteers are needed for environmental cleanups!

  • Centennial Park is known for its fishing.

    • Picking up litter can ensure it is clean for humans, but also for the fish and other aquatic animals living there.

  • The park has many attractions such as picnic areas, seven soccer fields, a baseball diamond, five softball diamonds, a splash pad, playground equipment, two cricket pitches and more.

Importance of Cleanups

  • An Estimated one tonne of waste is produced per person every year in Ontario.

  • Approximately 10,000 tonnes of plastic ends up in Ontario’s lakes and rivers yearly.

  • Ontario’s solid waste emitted 3.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide which furthers global warming.

  • More microplastics are being found in many strips in the Great Lakes than in oceans

    • Microplastics are then transferred from aquatic animals to humans.


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