Friday, April 25, 2008


Where history meets nature

Community Health Centre,

CCFEW, and local historian Paul Chomik to host

Colonel Samuel Smith Park and Neighbourhood Tree Tour

(Toronto, Ontario) The Toronto Tree Tours – a partnership between award winning organizations Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) and the Toronto Public Space Committee – will be hosting a tree tour with CCFEW (, LAMP ( and local historian Paul Chomik on Saturday May 31st from 1pm to 3pm starting at the Assembly Hall at 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive (Kipling and Lakeshore).

Stroll the grounds of the former Mimico Lunatic Asylum (now Humber College) as local historian Paul Chomik vividly recounts stories of the area’s rich history. Visit a century-old apple orchard once tended by patients of the asylum as part of their restorative therapy. Meander through protected wetlands that are home to beaver and migrating songbirds and be enveloped in the peaceful calm of a grove of black walnut trees. As we make our way through the lakeshore grounds, along the waterfront, and into the surrounding residential area, learn about the efforts of local community groups to maintain the natural wonder of the park and improve the struggling street trees along busy Lakeshore Boulevard.

Space is limited so pre-registration is suggested. Please register online at

WHAT: Tree Tour of Samuel Smith Park and Neighbourhood

WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 2008 from 1pm to 3pm

WHERE: Assembly Hall at 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive (Kipling and Lakeshore)


For more information contact:

Susan Gulley, Tree Tours Coordinator, 416-413-9244,


The Toronto Tree Tours are a collaboration of LEAF (, a not-for-profit organization that works to involve communities in urban forest stewardship and The Toronto Public Space Committee ( a group dedicated to cultivating and enhancing Toronto's public spaces which are a vital component of a healthy democracy. The project is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the City of Toronto.

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