2011 was a big year for the Nipissing Botanical Gardens and the Community Waterfront Park. That spring volunteers dug in again to extend the tree line to the west side of the underpass up to the Marina Point lands. Another 62 trees and 59 shrubs completed the boundary between the rail lines and the park.
Next they planted over 600 more shrubs in scallop shaped beds on the lakeside bank of the newly formed amphitheatre slope. All this stock was lifted from the Hammond Street nursery. The huge task of mulching all this stock was also carried out by volunteers that spring.
Before the spring was finished The City of North Bay planted twenty large red oak and sugar maple trees at the crest of the amphitheatre hill.
Once more that year the community came together to restock the Hammond street nursery with 250 saplings, mostly oaks and maples. 2011 was capped off in fall with the planting of over 2000 spring flowering bulbs along both sides of the rail line underpass and between the trees along the top of the amphitheatre hill.
The pattern continued in April 2012 with volunteers planting and mulching over 40 oaks and maples in the west part of the new Oak Street parking lot.
That same day volunteers completed the planting of the east arc of the amphitheatre slope with over 100 more shrubs.
Stay tuned, the Community Waterfront Park is still young and the community of North Bay is full of energy and growth potential!
Photos by Snapdragon Photography.