Spring has finally arrived and as the ground becomes drier and easier to walk on, many of us are out taking advantage of the Toronto Parks and enjoying nature. But as we visit the parks and trek along the paths, we may discover some alarming things that need immediate attention. What do we do?
It’s not unusual to see graffiti spread along the way, and sadly it’s happening too often. Some of it is amusing but much of it is very offensive and not what we want on display in our parks. Who do you call to get rid of it before it becomes a disgusting eyesore or an invitation for further vandalistic acts?
And when we see a broken limb on a tree or damage to gardens or shrubbery, we don’t want to just walk by and ignore it because if we all did that, our parks would begin to decay and die.
When we’re trekking along the paths and we see a dangerous break in the cement as often happens after a cold winter and lots of snow, where do we turn to report it so it can be repaired before someone gets hurt?
There are many things that we may see throughout the year that are disturbing – injured or dead animals along the paths, syringes and broken glass or bottles and even property that some innocent person may have dropped along the way. What do you do about it? Who do you call?
These are serious issues and need to be dealt with, and the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation has made available phone numbers for every member of its communities. When we discover anything unusual in our parks we need to report it to the correct department, and now it’s made readily available.
Simply click on to Contact List (PDF) and download a copy of this complete list. We should keep it in a nearby place so when we see something unusual, we can do our part and help to keep the Toronto Parks clean, safe and healthy for everyone.
We are all proud of our trails and our dog parks and our labyrinths, so let’s take responsibility and keep them that way.