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Toronto and Region Conservation Officially Re-Opens Claireville Conservation Area

May 25, 2010

(TORONTO, May 25) Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), will officially re-open Claireville Conservation Area, an 848-hectare property owned by TRCA, located in the boundaries of Brampton, Toronto, Vaughan and Mississauga. The conservation area, the largest natural greenspace in Brampton, was closed to the public in the mid-1990s and is re-opening to allow visitors to enjoy its significant natural and cultural heritage.

 Date:               Friday, May 28

Schedule:        10 a.m. Tree Planting with Etobicoke Field Studies Centre

                      11 a.m.  Opening remarks by Gerri-Lynn O'Connor (Chair, TRCA), John Willets (President, Friends of Claireville) and John Sprovieri (City Councillor, Wards 9 & 10, City of Brampton and Regional Councillor, Region of Peel)

Who:                TRCA, Peel Region, City of Brampton, Friends of Claireville

Location:          Claireville Recreational Building, Claireville Conservation Area, 8180 HWY 50, Brampton, ON

Claireville Conservation Area boasts outstanding opportunities for bird watching, fishing, leashed dog walking and hiking where visitors will encounter dozens of plants and animals, including deer, ducks and song birds, while hiking through a variety of natural landscapes from meadows to forests. Visitors will also encounter the Wiley Concrete Bowstring Bridge (c. 1924) that is listed as a heritage structure under the Ontario Heritage Act.  

"We're pleased to once again open this beautiful area to the public. As the surrounding communities continue to grow, having greenspace like this available to residents to enjoy is important not only as a place for recreational use, but to help people connect to their environment," said Gerri Lynn O'Connor, Chair, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. "What you'll find here at Claireville Conservation Area is the closest thing to a near urban wilderness experience in the GTA. We hope everyone comes out to visit, enjoy and help to look after this local treasure."

Recent accomplishments in the area include over 150 hectares of habitat restoration and enhancement, annual community plantings and clean-ups, improved signage and parking, McVean New Farmers project and the designation of the rare double English Wheat Barn off McVean Drive as a heritage resource by the City of Brampton.  

Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca

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