As the father of four children, I have spent many hours in various East York parks that have playground equipment. During this year’s March break, I am going to revisit one each day and make a post of some of the nature that I find there.
Most of the surface area of Dentonia Park is taken up with baseball diamonds and soccer pitches.
However there is a small grove of enormous trees which were likely here in the days when the entire area was forested.
The most impressive are the White Oaks. This is one of the largest that I have seen.
Here are some others;
As you would expect, there are many of the round-lobed leaves of White Oak on the ground.
There are also some enormous Red Oaks.
The leaves of Red Oaks have sharp points.
Squirrels rapidly gather White Oak acorns but are not as interested in Red Oak acorns so there is much evidence of these on the ground.
One of the oldest Hop Hornbeam trees that I have seen is here.
The subway emerges from underground here.
Here are some of the planted trees:
Kentucky Coffee Tree;
and Norway Maple, which is the most common tree here.
Norway Maple buds