Toronto residents can watch High Park’s cherry blossoms on a livestream, now that the park will be closed to prevent the gathering of large crowds, due to the pandemic.
On Wednesday, the City of Toronto launched the BloomCam, which is live-streaming the famous blossom trees in the park.
On April 22, Mayor John Tory said the park will be closed but that multiple video events and livestreams will be made available to the public.
“I know this closure will be tough for local residents who enjoy High Park year-round and those who look forward to seeing the cherry blossoms every year,” Tory said in a statement last week.
“This virtual event and the proactive closure is meant to ensure the traditional overcrowding that happens at High Park during the annual cherry blossom bloom does not occur this year.”
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The park closure dates are weather-dependent and will be announced when the bloom period is determined, which is generally around late April to early May.
And, in Trinity Bellwoods Park, the cherry blossom trees will be enclosed with fences, as the city ramps up enforcement patrols during the bloom period, to ensure that residents practice physical distancing.
“City enforcement officials and Toronto Police Services may patrol this area and other smaller sites of cherry blossoms in Toronto,” Magdalena Stec, senior communications coordinator for the city, told Daily Hive on Tuesday.
While residents will not be able to see the High Park blossoms in person this year, the bloom can still be enjoyed from your front porch or comfy living room chair.