The Millennium Grove is to be a reference site for residents, visitors and students to view a systematic collection of native Southern Ontario trees in a passive park setting. The Grove is the start of a new awareness, appreciation and education of our environment through the recognition of such species. Residents participating in the planting of the Millennium Grove are reestablishing native species for future generations.
The Millennium Grove covers an approximate area of 1.23 hectares (3 acres). Trees are arranged on an arc pattern representing the typical growth rings of trees, and will be spaced to allow each species to grow to their full form. There are forty-three (43) native species represented in the Grove. Over thirty species were planted in 2000, the rest of the trees were planted in two subsequent events which took place in 2001, 2002. Once the Grove is complete, there will be other opportunities to plant some of the more sensitive Carolinian species in the valley and other open areas in the park.
|1. Eastern Redbud||16. Red Maple||31. Balsam Poplar|
|2. Black Cherry||17. Ironwood||32. White Cedar|
|3.Witch Hazel||18. Blue Beech||33. Red Elm|
|4. Black Willow||19. Black Ash||34. Red Oak|
|5. Juneberry||20. Hackberry||35. Sycamore|
|6. Speckled Alder||21. American Beech||36. Butternut|
|7. Tamarack||22. Bitternut Hickory||37. White Pine|
|8. White Birch||23. Fireberry Hawthorn||38. Black Walnut|
|9. White Spruce||24. Shagbark Hickory||39. Swamp White Oak|
|10. Mountain Ash||25. White Elm||40. Bur Oak|
|11. Trembling Aspen||26. American Basswood||41. White Oak|
|12. Largetooth Aspen||27. Sugar Maple||42. Black Oak|
|13. Yellow Birch||28. Silver Maple||43. Sassafras|
|14. Green Ash||29. White Ash|| |
|15. Eastern Hemlock||30. Black Maple|| |
The Residents of the City of Mississauga would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the following partners for their contributions in the Millennium Grove Project:
Natural Resources Canada - Canadian Forest Service, Friends of the Environment Foundation, The City of Mississauga.
The Dunn property, which is approximately 2.61 hectares (6.45 acres) in size, was bequeathed to the City of Mississauga in 1996 by Mr. George Dunn. One of the desires of Mr. Dunn was that the lands are maintained in a park-like condition at all times. Various park sites within the City were reviewed to host the Millennium Grove, and Dunn Park was selected as the preferred option. The Millennium Grove complements the historic and natural significance of the Dunn property and aligns with the wishes expressed within Mr. Dunn's will.
Future Park Improvements
Future plans for the rest of the park include leaving the site very close to its natural state with improvements being made to formalize a pathway system connecting into the surrounding community and existing trail systems. Most of the park and valley will be left as meadow or open areas. A plaque will be located within the park to commemorate Mr. Dunn for his generous donation to the City, and acknowledge some of the historic and natural features of the site. Also proposed for the park are a parking lot and naturalized plantings. Funding has been proposed in 2002 in the 2000 to 2009 Capital Budget and Forecast for completion of the park and Sawmill valley pathway system including a pedestrian bridge.