Quinte West’s council has approved the development of a new children’s butterfly garden in Buster Alyea Park, at the north-east corner of City Hall.
The butterfly garden will use native plant species to bring pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies and will serve as a community space for education and tourism.
“For the Library’s Children’s Department, the opportunity to have easy access to the butterfly garden would be incredible,” Chris Angelo, Director of Public Works and Environmental Services wrote in his report to council. “They would offer outdoor story times, art and nature programs and would enjoy the facility as part of our Summer Reading Club which attracts some 450 children each year with a program attendance of over 1,200.”
The garden is budgeted at $250,000 to construct with an estimated annual cost of $15,000 for maintenance. Council has resolved to contribute $175,000 while a fund within the O.G. Buster Alyea Trust covers the remaining amount. Maintenance fees will be budgeted by the council beginning in 2025 through its parks operating budget with the first year’s costs covered by the installers.