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New Uxbridge Urban Provincial Park to Open on Canada Day

Ontario will celebrate Canada Day with the opening of Uxbridge Urban Provincial Park, the province’s newest park. Starting July 1, this park will offer free public access. 

Located 50 kilometers northeast of downtown Toronto, the new provincial park aims to provide urban residents with more green space and recreational opportunities. Additionally, visitors can explore existing trails as the province develops a park management plan. 

Andrea Khanjin, minister of the environment, conservation and parks, emphasized the importance of creating more provincial parks near urban areas, given that 83% of Ontario’s population resides in cities.

“The establishment of the Uxbridge Urban Provincial Park marks a significant step in our government’s commitment to expand our park system,” Khanjin said in a press release.

Local leaders also expressed their enthusiasm for the new park. Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP for Pickering-Uxbridge, highlighted the park’s role in enhancing community prosperity and preserving the environment.

“The Uxbridge Urban Provincial Park will offer opportunities for families to connect with nature while boosting the local economy,” Bethlenfalvy noted.

The government also plans to release the preliminary park management plan in the coming months, with public consultations expected to begin in the fall. Residents are invited to share their ideas and feedback through the Environmental Registry of Ontario until July 28.

The park’s creation involved collaboration among the Township of Uxbridge, The Regional Municipality of Durham, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, The Schad Foundation, and the Green Durham Association.

John Henry, regional chair and CEO of The Regional Municipality of Durham, underscored the benefits of the park’s trail network for residents and visitors.

“There are more than 350 kilometers of recreational trails across the region. With the addition of Uxbridge Urban Provincial Park, more residents and visitors will have opportunities to explore and appreciate the region while connecting with nature,” Henry said.

The approach of Uxbridge Urban Provincial Park demonstrates the importance of integrating with the environment and ensuring green spaces. By prioritizing green spaces and environmental sustainability, developers and campground owners can create recreational areas that garner community support and attract eco-conscious outdoor enthusiasts.

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