Back in January we posted that the City had agreed to help protect what may well be the oldest and most historically-important tree in Toronto by purchasing a residential property on Coral Gable Dr., with the intention of converting the land in to a parkette.
The catch? By Council’s direction, completion of the sale is conditional upon Torontonians donating 50 percent of the estimated property value – a sum of $430,000, due by December 12, 2020.
Donations have been trickling in, some in quite an inspiring fashion. Nine-year-old Sophia Maiolo has been actively fundraising in the neighbourhood and has donated over $2,000 herself! The Cullen family have made a $100,000 commitment to the effort. But despite such remarkable contributions, as of mid-September only 33% of the required funds have been raised. With only a couple of months to go before the deadline it’s critical that Torontonians reach deep if this amazing tree is to saved and a new parkette created.
For more information:
- Help us save Toronto’s oldest tree (Toronto Star)
- City of Toronto website
- Recent coverage on Breakfast Television
- “If this tree could talk” (Canadian Geographic)