Monday, February 1, 2021

SUMMARY: MINUTES FOSS STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING - JANUARY 25TH, 2021

Summary: FOSS Steering Committee Meeting

January 25th, 2021

7:00PM, Via Zoom Video Conferencing


FOSS WINTER PHOTO CONTEST: All photos must be submitted to the FOSS FACEBOOK SITE by 8:00PM, Sunday, February 28.  Refer to the FOSS blog for contest details.

Photos submitted must be taken in Col. Sam Smith Park during the winter.

The top three Facebook “likes” shall be deemed as the winners. Results will be posted 2 days after the closure of the contest.

FOSS PARK PEOPLE GRANT: FOSS gratefully thanks Park People for their generous grant that makes possible the photo contest as well as a variety of other activities for visitors of all ages who appreciate the joys of nature that Col. Sam has to offer. Those activities include:

Winter Bird Feeder Project—Check out the five bird feeding stations that are located around the skating loop. This project is in its 6th season. Thank you to the Urban Nature Store on N. Queen Street for their donation of bird seed. Thanks also to the volunteers who tend to the feeders.

A Boxing Day Walk Around—Nature walk with park visitor interaction. 

Boxing Day Bird Count

Kids’ Friday Activity Corner—Check the blog for kids’ projects. A new one is posted each week.

Due to COVID-19 restraints, planned guided bird and tree identification walks were forced to go “virtual”. See the blog for more information. 

Check the blog for a revolving series of slide presentations about Col. Sam Park:

i) Journey of Cooper’s Hawks 

ii) Col. Sam Smith Park: A Sanctuary in the City

iii) Changing Seasons—Winter in Sam Smith Park

ON-GOING CONCERNS: Unsightly graffiti on the Australian Rules Football storage facility and the growth of numerous new winter trails that disturb/destroy natural vegetation. FOSS will attempt to resolve these concerns.

Visitors are asked to notify the police at 416 808-2200 for drug infractions and 311 for trash build-up. Any problems reported to 311 are greatly strengthened when accompanied with a photo.

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