The Lakelands supports Annie Williams Memorial Park Tree Planting Program

March 22 in Bracebridge, ON – In November 2015 a tremendous wind storm destroyed over thirty mature, beautiful trees in Bracebridge’s beloved Annie Williams Park.  The trees, some over 100 feet tall, were uprooted, broken or were left unsafe for the busy park.  Responding to a call for help by the park’s volunteer Board of Directors, The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® has donated $3,800 to fund the purchase and planting of more mature trees in an effort to restore the park to its former glory.

Established in 1926 by Bracebridge physician and philanthropist Dr. James Francis Williams in memory of his late wife Annie, the park has long been central to the vibrant community.  While each year many young sapling trees are planted in the park, the loss of so many large and mature trees has greatly changed the park’s nostalgic feel. Starting in the spring, with the funds from The Lakelands donation, the Annie Williams Park Board will purchase trees of more significant size to replace those lost in November.

The donation by The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® will go toward the purchase of 10 mature trees.  “Open spaces, natural environment, fresh air – these are the hallmarks of what it means to live and work in Muskoka. Local Realtors work hard to preserve the important quality of life that we hang our hat on,” says Lakelands Association President Tom Wilkinson. “Annie Williams Park brings so much joy to the residents of Bracebridge. We’re proud to step up and donate to such an iconic and beloved park and in turn, support healthy sustainable communities across our board area.”

The donation to Annie Williams Park on behalf of local Realtors was presented to park Board of Directors Chair Cathryn Willard on March 22nd on-site at the park. Several members of The Lakelands were in attendance.  The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® holds an Emergency Relief fund in their budget to help support significant causes across their area.  The committee responsible for the fund considers tragic events throughout Almaguin, Muskoka, Orillia and Haliburton that require a quick injection of funds to prevent further impact.

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