Treetops Community Forest reaches $200,000 Milestone
After two years of constant community effort, the fundraising for Treetops Community Forest is complete. The funds have successfully purchased a 2.3-acre natural forest adjacent to Parry Sound Public School.
“We are so thrilled this day has come,” says Treetops co-chair Zack Crafts. “There was an incredible network of people – individuals and businesses and municipalities – that have come forward to contribute. We have been fortunate to be surrounded by the creative talents and dedication of so many volunteers. They have run over a dozen fundraising events to help us meet this goal.”
At the Bike McKellar cycling event on Sunday, August 20th, over 40 riders registered in three separate distances, and together raised close to $1,400.
Now that the public forest is secure, the committee will review the park development plan with Town staff to install a simple sign and garbage/recycling. With the money raised for trail development (close to $15,000) the committee will be writing grants to various foundations to support trail building, a trailhead sign with map, and donor recognition.
“Our plan is to develop the trail with a map and recognition of the many people and businesses that contributed to TCF during the spring of 2018,” says Treetops co- chair, Nicole Collins. “In the meantime, we are hopeful that students and community members will visit the forest and enjoy it.”
To prepare for public use, a Treetops Community Forest “Pitch-in” is scheduled for August 30 from 4-7pm. It will involve cleaning up the property of litter and debris. All are welcome, with work gloves and practical footwear. To learn more, visit treetopscommunityforest.com.
For more information:
Zack Crafts, 705.746.9946 or firstname.lastname@example.org