Game, Set, Match: Council Approves an Outdoor Beach Volleyball Facility at Lakefront Promenade Park

On September 30, Mississauga City Council approved a motion for the development of a beach volleyball facility on the City of Mississauga’s waterfront at Lakefront Promenade Park in Ward 1. The courts will be used for the 2016 Ontario Summer Games and will have an ongoing community legacy.

“Having a beach volleyball court in Mississauga was something that was proposed by Councillors Fonseca, Mahoney and I during the bid for the 2016 Ontario Summer Games,” said Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito. “Beach volleyball is a very popular sport with a large following. During the Pan Am Games, the majority of the beach volleyball games were sold out. We saw this as an opportunity to bring this type of sustainable business to our waterfront and have the facility ready in time for the Summer Games.” Continue reading Game, Set, Match: Council Approves an Outdoor Beach Volleyball Facility at Lakefront Promenade Park

Native Plants Bring All the Birds to the Yard

Landscaping is a source of pride for landowners. Beautiful trees, plants and flowers with bursts of vivid colour are only part of the story. The other part is the long list of welcomed visitors. Vibrant songbirds, migrating butterflies and busy bumblebees bring life and excitement to any garden. Native plants are proven to attract more welcomed wildlife, giving you a garden that’s truly buzzing.

Ontario’s local wildlife are perfectly adapted to Ontario’s native plant species. For example ruby-throated hummingbirds will eat nectar from cardinal flowers while pollinating them at the same time. When the cedar waxwing, a very beautiful bird, eats the berries from a red cedar, the germination rate is three times higher than if they didn’t pass through a bird at all. Turtlehead flower nectar contains a ‘medicine’ for bees to reduce intestinal parasites. So while bees are busy eating they are healing themselves and pollinating flowers. These examples of plant-animal symbiosis result from millennia of native plants and native wildlife evolving together in the same ecosystems. Continue reading Native Plants Bring All the Birds to the Yard