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Cherry blossom trees at Trinity Bellwoods fenced off

Last Updated Apr 15, 2021 at 4:13 pm EDT

Fencing was installed around the cherry blossom trees at Trinity Bellwoods Park on April 15, 2021. CITYNEWS/Craig Wadman

With the first sight of cherry blossom blooms at Trinity Bellwoods park, the city deployed staff to install metal fencing around the trees on Thursday.

Fencing was also installed last year at the popular park, in an attempt to discourage people from gathering to catch a glimpse of the much anticipated blooms.

The park will otherwise remain open for public use, but people are advised to only visit with members of their own household and avoid the area if it is crowded.

Last year, the city also painted white circles in the park to mitigate crowding and help keep people six-feet apart. On Monday, Mayor John Tory suggested that the city may look into repainting them in parks in efforts to help people enjoy green spaces safely.

The fences at Trinity Bellwoods went up a day after Tory announced that cherry blossom trees at High Park will also be fenced off, but unlike last year, the park itself will remain open.

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It is unclear when the fencing, part of the city’s “blossom health protection arrangements,” will be installed in High Park. Other arrangements include parks and city staff continuously monitoring the area to make sure people do not gather in the three largest collections of cherry trees in the park.

City enforcement officials and police may also patrol other smaller sites in Toronto that contain a small portion of the city’s cherry blossom trees, including Trinity Bellwoods park, which do not usually see the kind of crowding that occurs annually at High Park.

Tory encouraged people to enjoy the blooms safely from home via the city’s cherry blossom live stream, which has proven to be the city’s most popular stream.