Golf lands to nature? Please say yes

The City of Toronto wants your feedback on future use of Toronto’s five City-operated golf courses: Tam O’Shanter, Scarlett Woods, Humber Valley, Don Valley, and Dentonia. Your responses will help inform Parks, Forestry, and Recreation’s 2021 Golf Course Operations Sourcing Strategy, destined for City Council later this year. This survey will close on July 12, 2021 at 11:45 p.m.

City-operated golf courses represent remarkable opportunities to expand the borders of surrounding natural areas, better serve as bio-corridors, increase Toronto’s population of native plants, and connect our communities. TFN encourages all nature-loving Torontonians to complete the Golf Operational Review Survey and strongly support:

  1. Environmental stewardship, sustainability, and advancing the City’s biodiversity and climate goals.
  2. Increased tree canopy coverage, with an emphasis on native species.
  3. New natural corridors to connect ravine habitats.
  4. Compatible public uses like trails, cycling, community gardens and urban farming.
  5. Different potential uses for profitable vs. unprofitable courses.

Complete the survey

Toronto Field Naturalists wishes to acknowledge this Land through which we walk. For thousands of years, the Land has been shared by the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe. Toronto is situated on the Land within the Toronto Purchase, Treaty 13, the traditional and treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is also part of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum, a covenant agreement between Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Wendat peoples and allied nations to peaceably share the land and all its resources. Today, the Land is home to peoples of numerous nations. We are all grateful to have the opportunity to continue to care for and share the beauty of this Land.