Dallington Pollinators Community Garden (DPCG) is an initiative undertaken by community leaders to build a community hub, to engage residents in stewardship of land, ecological restoration and address issues of food security, using sustainable urban agriculture methods in Dallington Park. The project broke ground on the 20th of August, 2013. The transformation took place with the help of the City Parks & Rec staff, Evergreen Brickworks staff, garden members and volunteers. It became the first community garden in a public park in Ward 33. As the park lies in the former pathways of the East Don Tributaries, and is prone to flooding, we aspire to engage and teach community and local residents the importance of building water sensitive corridors to mitigate and manage the effects of stormwater flow. We hope to see the ‘seed’ garden pollinate other “grassed over” parks in the neighbourhood.
The garden is designed with three major components: