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Sparks Street Green Zones

Updated: Feb 26, 2023

Have you walked down Sparks Street lately? What a breath of fresh air! We have three new Green Zones between Kent and Metcalfe!

We’ve implemented a new pilot project, greening the spaces in front of the old CIBC, the CBC, and the Bank of Canada. New on the street are wooden planter boxes made from locally sourced cedar that are home to a variety of annuals and vines that will grow up trellis. We’ve also added some honey locust, elm and birch bunch trees!

With the help of Ottawa's landscaping experts, Lafleur De La Capitale Inc, along with the City of Ottawa and NCC, we’ve identified plants that are known to thrive in our climate. The vines include Boston Ivy, Virginia Creeper, and Climbing Dipladenia. Other boxes are holding Petunias, Potato Vine, and Dracaena (Spike Plant) as well trees to help provide shade.

Interspersed between the plants and trees, we’ve provided seating with our red Muskokas for visitors to relax on their walk up or down Sparks. Fun fact, did you know our Muskoka chairs are made from 100% recycled plastic? That’s 579 recycled milk jugs! We have made a commitment to being as sustainable as possible in all our project planning.

Conveniently, our green zone in front of CIBC also has a Public Wifi You can log on to the Sparks Street Public Wifi network for free data while you rest in our mini garden-loft like space!

Grab a coffee, have a seat, take a beat, and enjoy the scenery (or the wifi!) while relaxing in our new Green Zones along Sparks! Be sure to tag us into any photos you post on social media! 🌱🌿

The Sparks Street Green Zone Project would not have been possible without the financial support of the Canada Community Revitalization Fund. The CCRF was created by the Government of Canada and managed by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. We thank them for their tremendous support.

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