For Immediate Release
City of Niagara Falls receives funding from CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program
Grant to support local planting project at Patrick Cummings Park
NIAGARA FALLS, ON, October 23, 2018 - The City of Niagara Falls has received $11,545 from CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program to plant trees and a pollinator garden at Patrick Cummings Memorial Sports Complex, located at 8965 Willoughby Drive, on Friday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In recent years, hundreds of trees at the park have been infested and killed by the Emerald Ash Borer. This project will help replenish the lost urban canopy. Volunteers from local schools and the surrounding community will come together in November to help plant over 75 trees and also install a 500-square-foot pollinator garden. Anyone interested in volunteering can register online at niagarafalls.ca/pitc.
The grant was made possible by the efforts of The Park in the City Committee and the City’s matching commitment, in kind. CN EcoConnexions grants, in partnership with Tree Canada, provide funding for community greening projects across Canada. This year, more than 140 applications were received by the program from Canadian communities of all types and sizes.
City of Niagara Falls Quote
“Keeping our city green and our tree canopy flourishing has truly been a community effort. With the ongoing commitment of CN EcoConnexions, Tree Canada, and our tireless volunteers on The Park in the City Committee, we keep making replanting a priority. Our goal in Niagara Falls remains: When we remove a tree, we replace it with two or three!”
– Jim Diodati, Mayor for the City of Niagara Falls
Tree Canada Quote
"Tree Canada is thrilled to be working with CN to enhance the tree canopies of so many deserving communities across Canada," said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. "These trees we plant and nurture are a living legacy that will enrich our country, our communities and our homes for decades to come. These communities greened through CN EcoConnexions will be a lasting testament to CN’s exemplary environmental leadership."
“CN remains committed to making a positive impact on the communities along our network, and are proud to be part of a program that helps to make these communities better places to live, work and play. We’re not only helping beautify these communities, we’re positively contributing to a sustainable future one community at a time, as planting trees improves air quality and offsets carbon emissions.”
– Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer for CN
About The Park in the City Committee
The Park in the City Committee is an appointed volunteer committee of City Council that advocates for environmental responsibility and promotes city-wide beautification, recreational/active transportation, and civic pride through community action. The Committee advises City Council on issues regarding its mandate. For more information about The Park in the City Committee, please visit the City’s website at niagarafalls.ca/pitc.
CN is a true backbone of the economy whose team of more than 25,000 railroaders transports more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the company’s website at cn.ca.
About Tree Canada
Tree Canada is a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by planting and nurturing trees. Since 1992, we’ve planted more than 80 million trees, greened more than 600 schoolyards, helped restore places hit by natural disasters and brought together urban forestry experts greening cities all across Canada. Get involved or learn more about us at treecanada.ca.
About CN EcoConnexions From The Ground Up
The CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program, sponsored by CN Rail in partnership with Tree Canada, will provide funding of up to $25,000 for the greening of municipal and First Nations properties across Canada, especially in communities along its rail lines.
For more information, contact:
Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator
City of Niagara Falls, Recreation & Culture Department
t: 905-356-7521 ext. 3341
Jennifer Feschuk, Community Events Coordinator
t: 613-567-5545 ext. 258