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The unseasonably warm and ideal walking weather prompted me to get out and enjoy nature and it’s autumn splendor once again. On Thursday I ventured westward over to High Park.

This is the park of my childhood. I grew up a couple blocks away and even though I had a large backyard I still spent considerable time in the park. It was where I caught tadpoles, went toboganning and socialized.

The last time I lived in Toronto I also lived in this area. As an adult I appreciated High Park for its natural and landscaped areas, serenity, restaurant and farmer’s market. The park has a zoo, sports facilities, an off-leash dog park, playgrounds, picnics areas, trails and ponds. In days gone by you could skate on Grenadier Pond in the winter and rent paddle boats in the summer. Ecological rehabilitation takes priority now. This park is a treasure!

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003crHigh Park is home to a large collection of Sakura cherry trees, which bloom for about a week to 10 days, depending on the weather.  This year’s peak bloom is May 7th-9th so I headed over to the park this morning to take in the blooms. Many others were also participating in the Japanese tradition of Sakura Hanami – cherry blossom viewing.

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015crThe first Somei-Yoshino Sakura trees, a gift to the people of Toronto on behalf of the citizens of Tokyo, were planted in 1959. A grove of cherry trees were planted in 1984, a gift from Yoriki and Midori Iwasaki. In 2001, 34 Yoshino ‘Akebono’ and Kwanzan ‘Fugenzo’ Sakura trees were donated to the park through the Consulate General of Japan in Toronto’s Sakura Project. And, in 2006, another16 Yoshino Sakura trees were planted near the original 1959 planting site.

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