Plant-a-palooza - Free Concert - June 19

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PLANT-A-PALOOZA!

FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT CELEBRATES GREEN

SPACES AND COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP


June 19th, 2004 at 2:00 pm

Mahon Park, North Vancouver BC


What do Juno-nominated, genre-defying pop-folk

poet Kinnie Starr, vocalist Frazey Ford (of The Be

Good Tanyas), up and coming singer-song writer

Mike Clark and popular hip-hop artist Moka Only

(of Swollen Members) have in common? They're

all featured performers at PLANT-A-PALOOZA, a

free outdoor concert taking place June 19th in

celebration of a unique community environmental

effort: the Mahon Park Stewardship Project.


Over the past year, 160 determined volunteers

have helped to rid the park of 65 m2 of invasive

plant species, replacing them with more than

3000 native plants. City contractors have cleared

paths, reinforced streambeds, built trails and

erected fences to protect newly rehabilitated

areas. The Stewardship Project has involved all

sectors of the community, from local businesses

and clubs to North Shore schools that made

environmental stewardship part of their curriculum

(and have benefited from being able to use the

park as an outdoor classroom).


PLANT-A-PALOOZA is intended as a big thank-you

to all these hard-working stewards, and a chance

for the public to enjoy the newly revitalized park,

which will be officially opened by the Mayor and

City Council of North Vancouver at the beginning

of the concert. Aside from the musical

performances, there will be lots of hands-on fun

for kids, educational displays, and a native plant

sale. Rumour has it that Edward Mahon himself,

the Englishman who first bought the land that is

now the park back in the 1890s, may even make

an appearance?


More than anything, however, PLANT-A-PALOOZA

is a celebration of community; of the power that

we all have to make a difference, just by getting

out and getting involved in our own urban parks.


Mahon Park is a rare urban forest spread over 26

hectares of North Shore land. It's an ecological

island in the heart of busy North Vancouver, an

oasis of greenery that supports habitats for

salmon, trout, salamander, owl and hawk among

other species. However, the Park has been

degraded due to intense human impact; most

natural areas in the park have been disturbed

beyond the threshold level of natural recovery.

The goal of the Mahon Park Stewardship Project

is to make the Park a lush, healthy forest again.

This pioneering initiative, led by national

environmental NGO Evergreen and the City of

North Vancouver, aims to show the world what can

be done when communities get involved in the

care of urban green spaces from the ground up

-literally!


Information: Eva Antonijevic, Mahon Park

Stewardship Coordinator, Evergreen (604)

689-0766 or eva@evergreen.ca


Media Contact: Melanie Thompson, (604)

224-6201 or melaniethompson@shaw.ca