On Friday June 3, over 30 volunteers from Coca-Cola’s King Street head office traded their shirts and ties for t-shirts and rubber boots and gave their green thumbs some much needed exercise. In support of Canadian Environment Week, which ran from June 5 to 11 this year, Coca-Cola’s volunteers joined forces with staff from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), to plant over 6,000 native plant species at Tommy Thompson Park on the Leslie Street Spit, a man-made peninsula that extends five kilometres into Lake Ontario.

Back in 2012, Coca-Cola and the TRCA began a five-year partnership to create a new wetland habitat within Tommy Thompson Park. Building this hemi-marsh is essential for encouraging fish and wildlife habitat to live and thrive in the park. For over 50 years the Leslie Street Spit was used for shipping activities and also served as an industrial disposal ground for rubble from the construction industry. Through the TRCA’s stewardship, what was once a contaminated site for construction waste has been transformed into a natural oasis just minutes from Toronto’s downtown core.

This planting event was exciting as it marked the completion of major construction at the site. Significant work went into the secure containment of harmful construction debris that had previously been present; now the area is entering a phase of mass planting, designed to support more foliage and thus encouraging birds, fish and other animals to make the park their home. We’re very proud of Coca-Cola’s partnership with the TRCA and all of the Company’s associates that joined together and took action to improve their community and environment.