WCNA and other Community Events

You are invited …

You are invited to join the Directors of “The Friends of Walkers Creek … WCNA” at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 16th, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Grantham Lion’s Club. A “Q & A” session will follow the agenda items up for discussion and decisions. 

                                 Agenda items include the following:
                                                                    Distribution of the Homeowners’ Stewardship Guide
                                                                 Program for the Community meeting for November 20th
                                                                                     Review of the Autumn Stroll
                                                                               Grant possibilities and intentions
                                                                        Increasing school involvement in the Parks
                                                                            Alternative to the rental postal box

Proposed schedule of 2014 Spring and Autumn “Walks in the Parks”
Consideration of a WCNA presentation to City Council
Review of income revenue from Membership and Donations: 2010 – 2013
Report on continued vine planting on the QEW Sound Barrier

Copies of the “Homeowners Stewardship Guide to Walkers Creek” will be available at this meeting. 

Shoreline Clean-up … now!!

The National Shoreline Clean-up 2013 was hampered by heavy rain last Saturday. So … this Friday, September 27th, at 3:30 PM, you are invited… encouraged … to join other volunteers on the bluff overlooking the Lake near where the Creek enters the Lake, to deal with a Clean Sweep of the  adjacent beach areas. 

Come out and join in, be part of the ongoing beautification of the Parks, the Shoreline and our City  … we’ll supply the gloves and the bags, we need you to supply the energy and enthusiasm!!

September meeting of the Directors

The September meeting of the Directors of “The Friends of Walkers Creek … WCNA” is happening Wednesday, September 18, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Grantham Lions Club on Niagara Street. All members and friends are welcome to attend and participate in the Q & A session. Copies of the “Homeowners Stewardship Guide for Walkers Creek” booklet will be available at this meeting.

The agenda is as follows:

1- Welcome

2- Minutes of the September Directors meeting

3- Business arising:
   A- Evaluation of the “Homeowners Stewardship Guide” Launch and TD Tree Planting
     1- Distribution of the Guide to residences adjacent to the parks
     2- Possible application for TD Foundation grant request for signage
     3- Repositioning of some shrubs
   B- Evaluation of the Star Gazing Night
     1- Promotion
     2- Attendance
     3- Does a school curriculum contain astronomy? … if so, could we look at inviting the students to also come by in 2014.
C- WCNA Walks in the Parks:
   1- Schedule: All on Thursday mornings beginning at 10:00 AM
     September 19       Walkers Creek North      Parnell start
    October 13           Walkers Creek South       Parnell start
    October 17          Cindy Drive Park               Cindy Drive start
    October 31          Cherie Road Park             Cindy Drive start
   2- Proposal for 2014:
*     Reduce Walks to three in each season, Spring and Fall, starting as per the 2nd dates used at present.
*     Consider 2 weekend walks each season to include those people who may be otherwise occupied (employed)

4- New Business:
    1- Community Meeting Wednesday October 18th
      * Program: Possible review of the new Zoning Bylaw
     * Invite school officials to attend a meeting to help us look at school involvement in the Parks … volunteering, Geochaching,  
        nature walks, water quality with Mark Green, photography with the Camera Club ………..
  2- Additions to the Directors group … possible suggested source of people; skills wanted
  3- Date for the AGM January 2014

5- Other Business:
1- Q & A with members and friends

6- Next Directors meeting: October 18th combined with Community meeting

7- Adjournment:

Movie stars in Toronto ??.. REAL stars in Cindy Drive Park !!

1233352_532105180178511_951857734_nREAL Stars in Cindy Drive Park?? Saturday, September 14, beginning at dusk, the Niagara Chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society members make their annual journey to that Walkers Creek Park for a night of star gazing … bring the children … they can play on the very nearby Playground … bring warm sweaters and lawn chairs … and certainly bring your curiosity and questions. The expert members of  Astronomical Society really enjoy introducing folks to the sky above, answering questions for the individuals, willing to suggest equipment you might use to begin or advance in your personal sky watching.


A good idea is to bring a flashlight so you can safely follow the paths as the evening winds down and you head back to your car.  Wilcher Drive parking will place you closest to the event site in Cindy Drive Park … Parnell is another good bet and a bit longer walk  into Cindy Drive Park… and Cindy Drive  is an alternative for the person who enjoys an evening stroll. 


Come a  bit early and collect your free copy of the fabulous “Homeowners Stewardship Guide to Walkers Creek”. This quality booklet, a cooperative venture by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and the “Friends of Walkers Creek … WCNA”, is a guide to the area, an informative review of good practices in keeping the Creek and Parks healthy and prosperous and the listing of native plants that are home garden friendly ,can be just what you have always wanted since you moved to this area. And while you are at it, see if you can locate some of the 425 trees and shrubs added to the Parks this past Saturday as part of the “TD Friends of the Environment Foundation” grant that was our contribution to the Foundation’s goal of planting one million trees across Canada on that one day!! Only Native species of the Carolinian forest made this extra ordinary planting a major step forward to preserve and support this City and WCNA goal of retaining and encouraging a view forward based on the reality of the past.  And to get a sense of the great volunteer activity last Saturday, check out a previous article on this website that has close to one hundred photos taken during that planting event.   

Our Annual Plant Sale

Our Annual Plant Sale is happening Saturday, June 1st at its usual location at 88 Cherie Drive from 8:00 AM to Noon

This is the ideal time to find plants, grown locally, that can add that special item to your home gardens. Most reasonable prices, variety, excellent information from knowledgeable people and helping to fund the many projects the “Friends of Walker’s Creek” … WCNA … undertake in the Parks. In the past, these Plant Sales have purchased park benches, have tagged the various trees, added bushes and plants and continue to make improvements in the Parks for the enjoyment of all. 

We welcome donations of potted plants from all as these form the supply that is available for sale. Donated potted plants can be dropped of at 88 Cherie Drive anytime this  coming week. Because these plants come from local gardens, you can be assured they are well climatized, have found the local climate and conditions ideal for their growth and so adding them to the garden at your home has the greatest possibility of continued growth and prosperity. 

The Plant Sale in 2012 provided over $500 in new funds and we hope this ever increasing income will continue as we look at purchasing special and unique specimen trees to continue to represent the Carolinian forest that was the natural habitat prior to settlement. The Park off Linwell Drive contains the only known example of a “Cucumber Tree” in the Niagara area. There are other such unique and often endangered species that deserve the opportunity to grow and be enjoyed.

The Plant sale is also a great time to meet with the Directors of the “Friends of Walker’s Creek” … WCNA… and share your insights, make suggestions, get excellent advice on local home gardening and be an active part of maintaining and improving the Parks that are such a central delight in Grantham ward.