Residents are encouraged to get out and enjoy nature at the fourth annual Seniors Day at Island Lake Conservation Area, Wednesday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is hosted by the Friends of Island Lake (FOIL) as part of the Orangeville 2017 Seniors Week, which officially runs from June 15 to 20.
“This event is intended to give seniors an opportunity to get out and enjoy nature at Island Lake,” said Mike Walker, Chair of FOIL. “Last year over 55 visitors came out to the park and toured the west bridges of the popular Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail. Our goal is to make sure more people in the community continue to enjoy the park regardless of mobility levels.”
Seniors age 55 and over, along with their companions, will receive free admission to the park. These visitors can enjoy an accessible wagon ride through the memorial forest and entertainment on the amphitheatre. Refreshments will also be provided. Participants are asked to enter through the main gates at 673067 Hurontario Street South. This event is a partnership between Credit Valley Conservation and FOIL, with sponsorship from Avalon Retirement Lodge, French Press Coffee and M&M Food Market.
The memorial forest is a sponsored reforestation project of 4.5 acres of land that includes portions of the old nut plantation site in the conservation area. An interesting feature is a living memorial wall built in 2011 by dry stone waller Eric Landman in memory of his late wife. This project is sponsored by Dods and McNair funeral home.
The amphitheatre is the newest feature to the park, with construction of the performance stage completed in 2015. A roof will be constructed this summer to complete the amphitheatre vision that will provide residents with a unique outdoor cultural space.
The event will run rain or shine. For more information or group bookings call Mike Walker at 519-940-9539.
Credit Valley Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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