Humber’s Pond Revitalization Project reimagines a pond that holds and cleans the majority of North Campus’ stormwater. “It is the latest addition to Humber’s innovation landscape. This new green infrastructure on campus will support experiential learning, research, and the well-being of our community,” says Alexandra Link, director of the Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology.
Built in the 1960s as an integral part of the College’s North Campus, the pond plays a vital role in managing the College’s stormwater as well as serving as a recreational space for the community and a home for local wildlife and birds. However, over time, the condition of the pond deteriorated, affecting its ability to handle and clean North Campus’ stormwater.
In response, the Humber Arboretum and its three partners – Humber College, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry, and Recreation department, joined forces to re-imagine the pond. Together, as part of the project, the partners are creating new living laboratory and outdoor classroom spaces for Humber College students. They are also building social gathering spaces for the community and restoring native plants and wildlife habitats.
“It is an opportunity for people not only to enjoy the pond as a gathering space, but also provide a lot of educational learning opportunities. Opportunities for wildlife, recreational activities and trail alignment around the area,” says Clifton Coppolino, Senior Project Manager at TRCA. Coppolino is in charge of the Humber Pond Project’s construction.
The project is bringing together partners and community members to serve a broader vision. “This project demonstrates the power of partnership. In addition to our external partners, Humber College staff, students and faculty have played an important role in shaping the project vision. Together, we’re creating experiential learning opportunities for Humber College students, improving environmental sustainability on campus, and expanding the College’s Centre of Innovation in Health and Wellness’ learning infrastructure,” says Link.
Learn more about the pond project and explore the Humber Arboretum at https://humber.ca/arboretum/explore/ecosystems/humber-pond.html