Today, the City of New Westminster announced that it received a $25,000 TD Green Space Grant from TD Bank Group (TD) and the Arbor Day Foundation to support innovative urban greening and tree planting projects in underserved communities. New Westminster was one of 20 U.S. and Canadian cities selected to receive a grant.
The City has invested the TD Regreening Grant into the underserved Brow of the Hill neighbourhood to plant 50 new street trees and provide more equitable access to the greenspace at 1009 Cornwall Street. The trees, which include a mix of large maturing species, not only enhance the aesthetic environment, but also increase shade cooling, storm water retention, and pollinator benefits to the neighbourhood.
In addition to highlighting a new pedestrian crossing across Tenth Street at Cornwall Street to connect residents to the park, the new planters (planted with the help of neighbourhood volunteers) will also contribute to streetscape beautification and support local pollinators. This project contributes directly to the City of New Westminster’s Seven Bold Steps for Climate Action and specifically advances Bold Step #6 – increasing the urban forest canopy; and Bold Step #7 – creating a people-centred public realm.