Mississauga’s Rattray Marsh Conservation Area was the site of a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday commemorating the construction of a pedestrian bridge by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF). The bridge makes up part of the Waterfront Trail and will enhance the existing trail network at the park.
The bridge was made possible by grant funding secured by CVCF from the Government of Canada’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund and from Enersource.
Stella Ambler, MP Mississauga South, along with Norm Wolff, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Enersource, joined CVC Chair and Mississauga Ward Two Councillor Pat Mullin and Rattray Marsh Protection Association President Jean Williams to mark the occasion.
The bridge, spanning Sheridan Creek, replaced an aging bridge, improving public safety as well as trail access and usability. The bridge is part of the kilometres-long Waterfront Trail that provides recreational opportunities to countless residents, supporting active, healthy lifestyles.
“It’s encouraging to see such generous support for local recreational infrastructure from the Government of Canada and Enersource,” said Chair Mullin. “This bridge is symbolic of the bridges we are building to connect the local community with nature.”
The federal government is implementing the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan for 2012. The program is in effect until March 31, 2014 and will invest $150 million into local infrastructure projects. Funding assistance provided by the fund is intended to improve the quality of community facilities and provide economic benefits, including support for job creation, in communities across Canada. The program is being delivered by regional development agencies across the country.
“Rattray Marsh is such an important landmark in Mississauga and it’s widely known for its environmental significance,” said Ambler. “I’m proud of the government’s strong commitment to local infrastructure improvement and delighted to partner with CVC to construct this bridge.”
The Enersource grant comes from its Spirit of Giving program which provides funding and volunteer assistance to charitable organizations. Enersource supports initiatives that focus on health and safely, the environment and the local community.
Rattray Marsh is an “environmental gem” located in a unique natural setting within the City of Mississauga. It is the last remaining lakefront marsh of its kind between Toronto and Burlington. The environmentally sensitive wetland attracts nature lovers from the local community and across the Greater Toronto Area. The marsh is home to a variety of wildlife and plants. The property, located in Western Mississauga on the Lake Ontario shoreline, was acquired by CVC in 1972 and officially opened to the public in 1975.
About to cut the ribbon. Left to right: Norm Wolff, Stella Ambler, CVC’s Dave Wells, Pat Mullin, CVCF’s Terri LeRoux, CVC’s Brian Kristy and Jean Williams.
Cutting the ribbon. Left to right: Norm Wolff, Stella Ambler, CVC’s Dave Wells, Pat Mullin, CVCF’s Terri LeRoux, CVC’s Brian Kristy and Jean Williams.
Left to right: Jean Williams, Terri LeRoux, Pat Mullin, CVC’s Dave Wells, Stella Ambler and Norm Wolff.
The new pedestrian bridge at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area.
Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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