Monthly Archives: August 2013

Directors Meeting, Wednesday August 21

Directors Meeting, Wednesday August 21, 7:00 PM, Grantham Lions Club



   Autumn “Walks in the Parks”
   “Star Gazing Night” arrangements, Saturday, September 14
   NPCA “Homeowners Stewardship Guide to Walkers Creek” … booklet launch and tree planting
   Updating the City’s Accessibility Committee information on Parks’ pathway improvements
   Review of Parks maintenance and physical conditions
   “Autumn Parks Stroll” with Staff and Councillors
   Adding additional members to the Directors Group
   New Business

Members Q & A

All members and Friends are welcome to attend.

Summer moves on … What’s Up??

Summer moves on, the days are already noticeably shorter while the pleasure of the Parks and the pathways are in a very mature condition. The welcome rains have overcome the very dry summer we endured last year and the difference is greatly appreciated. The heavy rainfalls have caused some erosion on the trails and we are assured by the Parks (RCS) folks that they will be immediately repaired following subsequent damage, making the paths convenient, safe and easy for all users, New plantings along the Creek sides have taken hold, growing well and with promise of more pleasing vistas in years to come.  

So … What’s Up?

Thursday August 8, 2013 … Council Chambers at City Hall … 7 to 9 PM. The first of three public meetings on GOVERNANCE REFORM. 
     There has been much discussion about how the Governance of the City and Region can be made more effective (??), more representative (??), less expensive, (??) … do the citizens of St. Catharines wish to see that which presently exists … six elected part time City Councillors and separately elected part-time Regional Councillors … or … six elected representatives that would be a full time City AND Regional Councilors.
    Two additional public meetings will be held on Monday September 16th and Monday September 30th in the Council Chambers at City Hall from 7 to 9 PM. 
    These meetings are your opportunity to express your thoughts, add your opinions, make your comments that can affect the future Governance policies of the City and Region … an important opportunity for all. 

Wednesday, August 21 … 7:00 PM … “The Friends of Walkers Creek ” Directors’ meetingGrantham Lion’s Club Board Room, on Niagara Street. 
     Reports on activities, planning for the Fall and early Winter, opportunities for Members to question, discuss and make suggestions. All members most welcome. An agenda will be posted on this site the weekend before the meeting. 

Thursday, September 12 …. 10:00 AM …  Autumn Park Walks … Malcolmson Parkmeet at the entrance off Lakeshore Road.
    A late summer stroll, with knowledgeable leaders,  through the fascinating Eco Park, developed, maintained and improved by volunteers. Visit the meadows, the marsh area and pond, view the Learning Centre and discover how you can become an active volunteer. The walks in Malcolmson Park are repeated on Thursday September 26 and Thursday, October 10th … enjoy the transition from summer to Autumn in these  natural surroundings. 

Saturday September 14th … dusk … Annual Star Gazing Night … Cindy Drive Park … courtesy of the Niagara Chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society
     With a variety of telescopes on site, see the interesting sky close up, add the great knowledge of the Astronomical Society members, be introduced to the night sky, become more aware of what’s over your head, get answers to questions you may have about the sky and the special items that may intrigue and fascinate you. Bring a lawn chair, carry a warm sweater and enjoy the warm welcome of the attending enthusiasts. 

Thursday, September 19th … 10:00 AM … Autumn Walk in Walkers Creek North Park … meet at the Parnell Street entrance.
    A pleasant stroll, with very knowledgeable leaders,  on the pathways, seeing, maybe for the first time, the unique features of this gem of a leisure Park. Get to know the local flora, recognize the Ash trees that are threatened, enjoy the wandering Creek as it wends its way through open space and nearby homes. Maybe catch sight of the large snapping turtle, the released Goldfish that survive the winters, learn about the Carolinian trees, both natural and added … pause to enjoy a swing or regain childhood on the  slide!! Children and dogs welcome!! 
    Other ‘Autumn Walks” in Walkers Creek Parks on Thursdays, October 3rd, (meet at the Parnell Street entrance), October 17th (meet at the Cindy Drive Park entrance), and October 31st, (meet at the Cindy Drive Park entrance) … each Walk in a  different park.