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Oakville Harbours Master Plan needs your input!

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What’s your vision for the future of Bronte Harbour and Oakville Harbour?

Bronte Harbour and Oakville Harbour, at the mouth of Bronte Creek and Sixteen Mile Creek respectively, provide a gateway to the Lake Ontario waterfront and also serve as important ecological floodplain areas.

Oakvillegreen would like to see the Oakville Harbours Master Plan reflect the Town’s initiatives to manage Stormwater, expand the Urban Forest and implement principles of the Active Transportation Plan.

There is great potential in this study area for native trees and shrubs, a rain garden, and other leading edge low impact development design features! We also think people want to be able to walk or bike from their home or condo downtown to a restful park & greenspace by the water, and not a parking lot.

Please attend the Open House on May 3rd at QEPCC to SHARE YOUR VISION for harbour improvements that:

  1. are designed to provide safe and comfortable access and connections for people of all ages, and especially active modes of travel – including pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users.
  2. uphold best stormwater management practices – including permeable surfaces, and landscaping and building design features that absorb and filter stormwater, such as bio-swales, rain gardens, rain barrels, green roofs and naturalized vegetation zones.
  3. enhance tree canopy cover and native tree and shrub diversity.
  4. welcome residents and visitors to access Bronte Creek, Sixteen Mile Creek and the Lake Ontario Waterfront for passive and active recreational purposes with shaded, walkable, and greener gathering places.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
3 p.m. OR 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Community Centre and Cultural Centre, Multi-Purpose Room 1
2302 Bridge Road
Oakville, ON

More at Town of Oakville Habours Master Plan page: 

The Town of Oakville is developing a Harbours Master Plan to ensure the Bronte Harbour and Oakville Harbour continue to thrive well into the future. This Master Plan will establish a long-term, affordable vision for development in both harbours with infrastructure that supports the changing and growing nature of the community so that generations to come can continue to enjoy all the harbours have to offer.

The Harbours Master Plan has four key objectives:

  • Determining the future use of the Bronte Marina Building.
  • Updating the 2011 Oakville Harbours Strategic Business Plan.
  • Completing Phase Two of the Recreational Boating Feasibility and Capacity Study including investigating potential locations for a new marina.
  • Providing recommendations on improved access, connections, recreational amenities and priorities for both harbours.

Stakeholder and public input is critical to the success of this Master Plan, so please attend our first community workshop. You can choose to attend either of the two sessions planned.

Each session will share the same information and begin with a presentation followed by table group discussions to receive input on our work in progress and to help identify the best opportunities for improvement in both harbours.

Information and updates will be posted on the Harbours Master Plan website: If you have any questions, please email:


Announcing: Oakville Tree Keepers – An Expanded Urban Forest Stewardship Program

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Oakvillegreen Conservation Association is pleased to acknowledge the financial support of The Oakville Environmental Fund and The Alma Fund (held within the Oakville Community Foundation) to support ‘Tree Keepers’ – an urban forest stewardship program. The grant of $10,000.00 will be used to hire a program coordinator and to train local residents to carry out on-the-ground stewardship activities to improve the health of trees and woodlands in their neighbourhoods.

This program will educate and empower residents to be ‘urban tree keepers’ and to increase Oakville’s tree diversity and support the Town of Oakville’s 40 per cent urban forest canopy coverage goal. Neighbourhood tree keepers will be involved in planting trees, removing invasive species, seed collection, mulching, and conducting tree inventory and invasive species monitoring.

Oakvillegreen’s Executive Director, Dr. Giuliana Casimirri, noted that “aas the Town of Oakville faces the loss of at least 10% of its urban forest canopy due to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer beetle, we get Ocalls almost daily from residents who want to help to replant and restore urban trees and woodland patches in their neighbourhoods.” According to Dr. Casimirri, “training local residents to be urban tree keepers will improve urban forest health, which is good for trees and ultimately our health, but it will also improve community appreciation of our environment and build connections between neighbours, which is good for our community.”

Oakville has a long term goal of increasing its tree canopy from 29%, in 2009, to 40% by 2057. Oakvillegreen president, Karen Brock stated, “The Town of Oakville cannot achieve this goal on its own. The only way to make this goal a reality is for more residents to get involved and protect our urban forests and increase the number of trees on both public and private property. This generous grant from the The Oakville Environmental Fund and The Alma Fund moves us one step closer to making this goal a reality.”

Oakvillegreen is launching the Tree Keepers program in May. The program will be open to all Oakville residents. Oakvillegreen is requesting residents who are interested in volunteering to care for urban trees and woodland patches in their neighbourhood to contact them via Stay tuned for training updates, stewardship locations and more program information!

The Oakville Community Foundation is a registered charitable public foundation serving the Oakville Community (

Media Contact: Giuliana Casimirri, Executive Director, Oakvillegreen Conservation Association, Tel: 289-813-1568 Email:



Join us for Halton EcoFest and Tree Planting this weekend!

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We will be participating in TWO fun, community events this weekend!

Visit us at Halton EcoFest on Saturday April 16th from 10am-4pm! We will be making ‘seed bombs’, with clay, soil and native flower seeds, all day! Admission is free.

Learn to make a seedbomb! Visit our booth at Halton EcoFest this Saturday April 16th and learn to make your own seed bombs with native plant seeds! A fun & easy way to get native plants growing and give our local pollinators a boost.

We are also opening our Tree Planting season this April 16th, 2016 at Oakville Park!

Meet us at Oakville Park (1065 McCraney St E, Oakville, ON L6H 1H9) at 10am. We will be planting at the purple pin (see map below).

Bring your enthusiasm, sturdy boots, a water bottle and a hat, as it is calling for 15 degrees and sunny!

Check our events page for more details and to save the date for our other upcoming tree planting events.

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