Conservation areas to re-open in Lake Simcoe watershed by May 29

Conservation areas throughout the Lake Simcoe watershed will re-open by the end of the month.

According to a media release from the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, staff are working towards a target date of May 29.

“We understand these past weeks have been really tough for our watershed residents,” said LSRCA CAO Mike Walters.

“Having limited access to nature has added to the impacts of isolation and we are grateful for everyone’s patience and the support of our municipal partners. We look forward to supporting Ontario’s cautious approach as we resume monitoring and maintenance duties at our conservation areas to enable a phased reopening.”

While gates and parking lots will open, amenities such as picnic pavilions and tables, washrooms, natural play structures and the off-leash dog park at Scanlon Creek will remain closed until further notice.

“Knowing how important nature is to our health and wellbeing, we are thrilled that we can begin to implement our phased approach to reopening conservation areas,” said Brian Kemp, the LSRCA’s general manager of conservation lands.

“While our properties will open, to maintain safety, the amenities will remain closed until we receive further guidance from the Province and health officials.”

Visitors are asked to observe the following guidelines during visits:

– Only visit with members of your household;

– Park in dedicated parking areas only;

– Remember there are no washroom facilities, so please plan for a short visit;

– Maintain physical distancing of 2m/6ft from other individuals/groups;

– Your litter; your responsibility, including pet waste – please take it home with you; and,

– Stay on the trail and dogs-on-leash is always the rule.

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