Toronto Recreation Parks
A city within a park
Within a city, trees are important not only for their aesthetic value, but also for their role in maintaining a healthy environment and atmosphere.
Among other things, they are vital to the absorption of carbon dioxide; the reduction of heat accumulated from buildings, pavement, roads, and vehicles; and the control of stormwater runoff.
Trees within a city on private and public lands are collectively referred to as the “urban forest”.
Toronto’s urban forest has a mixture of native and non-native tree species, with thousands of different cultivated varieties. Trees of different species and ages growing throughout the city, on streets, in parks, and on private property, reflect the trends and fashions in planting at different periods of the city’s history.