Over 100 guests take part in Canopy Club Bike Ride and Celebration of Trees event

Thursday, August 01, 2013 – for immediate release

Over 100 guests take part in Canopy Club Bike Ride and Celebration of Trees event

Over 100 guests celebrated the benefits and wonderful ways trees enhance our urban environment at the inaugural Oakville Canopy Club Bike Ride and Celebration of Trees event last Friday in Coronation Park.

In partnership with the Toronto-to-Niagara Tour des Trees eh! bike ride, the Oakville Canopy Club Silver Route portion was a leisurely, 22 kilometre, three-hour ride along Oakville and Burlington’s beautiful tree-lined waterfront. Stops along the way provided cyclists with the opportunity to appreciate our urban forest and learn about the town’s efforts to combat the devastating effects the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has on our tree canopy.

“One of the town’s many distinctive features is its beautiful tree canopy and we were very proud and excited to be able to showcase it and to share information on how to preserve it,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

Sunshine and smiles were in abundance as cyclists and guests took part in the opening festivities which included tree climbing, bucket truck rides, horse-drawn logging demonstration, drumming circle and tree planting and dedication.

Mayor Burton was joined at the event by Oakville Town Councillors Pam Damoff, David Gittings and Roger Lapworth. Councillor Damoff also rode in the event, joining the over 50 Toronto cyclists on route to Niagara and 35 Oakville to Hamilton Canopy Club riders.

“What a wonderful way to spend a summer day! I was very honoured to be part of this event and I have heard nothing but positive comments from everyone involved, saying they can’t wait for next year’s ride,” said Damoff.

Funds raised through ride registration fees support the Canadian TREE Fund which provides research and education related to arboriculture.

The Oakville Canopy Club is an innovative community outreach program which educates residents about EAB and other urban forestry initiatives.

For more information:

John McNeil, RPF
Manager, Forestry Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3395
jmcneil@oakville.ca

Jill MacInnes
Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3096
jmacinnes@oakville.ca


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Over 100 guests take part in Canopy Club Bike Ride and Celebration of Trees event