On October 26 2014, Friends of Silverview Park in ward 24 hosted the last series of the Toronto Field Naturalist walk of the year for the Parks 44 Program. The Parks 44 Program aims to create a local park friends group in every ward in Toronto. The turnout for the walk was phenomenal despite the chilly weather! Young adults, families, seniors, kids and dogs attended the 2 hour guided walk. Sandy Cappell from the Toronto Field Naturalist was an enthusiastic, dynamic, speedy walk leader who guided the group to walk in the Newtronbrook Ravine, Maxome Park and the Finch Hydro Corridors. Sandy highlighted illegal trees, invasive plants, and poison ivy along the walk.
At the nature walk, participants spoke to their neighbourhors, asked questions and were delighted to be walking into the ravine as a group. Once the path became too difficult with rocks or low hanging tree branches, people left the route and returned back to Silverview park for refreshments. Neighbours were helping neighbours and everyone enjoyed the hot coffee, baked treats and giveaways at the end of the walk. After the walk, most people hung out at the park for information updates, community news and chatted with their neighbours!