New provincial park opens today in Ontario

New provincial park opens today in Ontario
New provincial park opens today in Ontario

As of July 1, Uxbridge Urban Provincial Park, located approximately 70 kilometres northeast of Toronto, will be partially accessible to the public.

According to the mayor of the canton of Uxbridgethis is excellent news for the local economy.

Uxbridge from an economic development perspective, and these lands will now be protected forever. This is excellent news for Uxbridge and our residents”,”text”:”This is a major turning point for Uxbridge from an economic development perspective, and these lands will now be protected forever. This is great news for Uxbridge and our residents”}}”>This is a turning point for Uxbridge from an economic development perspective, and these lands will now be protected forever. This is excellent news for Uxbridge and our residentssaid Dave Barton in an interview on Sunday.

Visitors will currently have access to certain hiking trails as well as parking spaces. The park measures a total of 526 hectares. This urban park is not traditional, emphasizes an Ontario Parks spokesperson.

However, while the mayor is delighted with the news, a local business owner says that this park could change everything for her business.

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One of the points of interest in the new park is this tree that lost a branch a few weeks ago.

Photo : Radio-Canada / Laura Pedersen

A park urban

This is not a traditional provincial park [avec] a single large plot of land. It will be several individual plots, but connected by pathssupports Charlene Coulterprogram manager at Ontario Parks.

An urban park is a park surrounded by businesses, farms, residential areas, all in close proximity to a larger urban environment.explains Mr. Barton.

The land once belonged to the businessman Joey Tanenbaum who wanted to build a large residential complex there. However, he encountered strong opposition from the residents ofUxbridgeprompting him to exchange his land with the province for property in Pickering.

M. Barton explains that the provincial government finally decided to transform these lands into a provincial park.

We had a large piece of land that had been owned by the Province of Ontario for a long time. It was a beautiful piece of land, very close to our downtown core. There were a number of trails already there from the previous owners. We wanted to find a way to open it up to the public. We had ideas for a municipal park. Fortunately, the province stepped in and did a lot better than we could have imagined by making it a provincial park.

Very beneficial

Joanne Richterco-founder and co-owner of the Second Wedge Brewing Company has Uxbridge, is very enthusiastic. She hopes to see new customers at her bar on Monday.

Uxbridge more on the map when it comes to its trails [de randonnée pédestre]. So I think it’s going to be very beneficial as a business owner to bring more people into town.”,”text”:”Having a provincial park in this location will bring a lot more visitors to the area and place Uxbridge more on the map when it comes to its trails [de randonnée pédestre]. So I think it’s going to be very beneficial as a business owner to bring more people into town.”}}”>Having a provincial park there will attract many more visitors to the area and place Uxbridge more on the map when it comes to its trails [de randonnée pédestre]. So I think it’s going to be very beneficial as a business owner to bring more people into town.

M. Barton agrees in the same direction: Uxbridge”,”text”:”This park, with the significant investment that is being made to create a truly spectacular experience, so close to so many people, will provide economic development opportunities for our restaurants, our breweries and for all people of Uxbridge”}}”>This park, with the significant investment that is being made to create a truly spectacular experience, so close to so many people, will provide economic development opportunities for our restaurants, our breweries and for all the people ofUxbridge.

With information from CBC and Mirna Djukic

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