Saturday, June 13, 2015

Planting a pollinator patch along the Pipeline Trail

Kaelyn  Bumelis is the summer intern, assisting the Pollinator Paradise Project for the next couple months. She was out in the field this past Saturday (June 6th), getting her hands dirty, planting native flowers along a small segment of the Crown Point’s Pipeline trail.

Here’s what she reports about the plant-in:

Saturday was full of fun and lots of sunshine as the volunteers helped realize the vision for the Pollinator Paradise Project. Whether you were a skilled gardener or green behind the ears, the Pipeline trail “plant-in” was an opportunity for people of all ages to come out and help create a sanctuary for  pollinators and a nice place for the people of the Crown Point community to escape to.
Organized in partnership with the Crown Point Garden Club (pipeline planning team), this native plant garden, located between Edgemont and Park Row North, will also increase biodiversity in the area and provide food for native pollinators, like bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects.

Numerous different native plant species including Asters, Mountain mint, Goldenrod, Wild strawberry, Ox-eye, Coreopsis were planted in a beautiful display with room for a pathway through the garden.
New connections were made and existing ones strengthened. We spoke with trail neighbours and one resident even offered to donate more plants. Delicious apples and macaroons were shared!
All in all, the event scheduled for 100 in 1 day (a global festival of civic engagement) was a great time. I enjoyed meeting many of the community minded people who came out to help and who shared their experiences with me.



Next steps:

The Pollinator Paradise Project is working on signage for the location.
Some next steps for the garden club will be establishing a schedule for maintenance of the garden and acquiring more plants. City of Hamilton will be putting a bench at the site, across the trail in the shade of the trees, so people can sit and enjoy the sight of the pollinator paradise. The garden club also plans to revitalize the small triangle on Edgemont.
The Pipeline Trail planning team are  continuing to work with the City on the Pipeline Trail Master Plan, and community consultation is ongoing through the summer.
Pipeline Trail Planning Team member, Elizabeth Seidl urges residents and trail users to get involved in the planning process: “Feedback and community engagement is critical in planning for the trail as the plan will affect several neighbourhoods.”
In the middle of the design phase, “this is the opportunity to voice concerns and ask questions.”
The Master Plan proposes changes to intersections and suggests improvements to enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety, which can affect traffic patterns and street parking.
The next public meeting is Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Perkins Centre. The final presentation is Saturday, September 19 at 2 - 4 pm at the Steam Museum. To see what has been presented so far, visit www.hamilton.ca/pipelinetrailmp
Contact Elizabeth Seidl  for more information:
pipelinetrail.hamilton@gmail.com