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Oshawa shoreline clean-up today + parkette opens

Oshawa community shoreline clean-up is taking place today, according to the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports).

HOPA, along with several local partners are organizing a spring cleanup event today (Friday, June 10) from 11 am to 1 pm along Oshawa’s working waterfront, including the Ed Broadbent Waterfront Park, Lakeview Park and Second Marsh.

Bags, gloves, bug spray and refreshments will be provided, with a barbecue to follow the clean-up.

Dr. Blake Parkette opening

Members of Dr. Blake’s family and members of Oshawa Council will today attend the official ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Dr. Blake Parkette.

Incorporating community engagement feedback, the parkette includes wide accessible paved pathways, a playground incorporating Jamaica’s colours as a tribute to Dr. Blake’s heritage, accessible seating, bike racks and a Storytime Circle in recognition of Dr. Blake’s unique gift of storytelling.

Dr. Buxton George Blake was a long-time Oshawa resident until he passed away in 2018. Dr. Blake, the original founder of Pinewood Centre, dedicated his life to helping those with addiction and mental health challenges. In 2014, Dr. Blake received the Lifetime Achievement Award under the African Canadian Achievement Awards Program and was one of the original founders of Storytellers of Canada and founder of the Durham Folklore Storytellers.

The parkette is located at 95 Royal Street (south of Pinewood Centre).

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