MISSISSAUGA (March 24, 2020) – To protect visitor and staff safety during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is closing all conservation areas and trails effective 4 p.m., March 24, 2020, until further notice.
“CVC has made the difficult decision to close all parks and trails to the public for an indefinite period. We will reopen only when it is appropriate to do so,” said Deborah Martin-Downs, Chief Administrative Officer.
Full closures apply to Belfountain, Island Lake, Terra Cotta, Rattray Marsh, Meadowvale, Limehouse, Silver Creek, Upper Credit Conservation Area and the Cheltenham Badlands. The closures also include Ken Whillans Resource Management Area, the Elora Cataract Trailway and all other CVC-owned or operated properties and trails.
“Like all other conservation authorities, we support the need to act in the best interest of our communities, visitors and staff. We had already taken steps to protect the public and staff by closing all buildings within Credit Valley Conservation parks, including visitor centres, rental shops and public washrooms,” added Martin-Downs. “We cancelled our popular Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival and had limited the public to only passive recreational use like walking trails.”
Until further notice, no members of the public, including Conservation Parks members, may use or enter CVC conservation area grounds or trails. CVC asks that community members obey all posted notices, parking signs and locked gates or entrances. CVC staff will be actively monitoring properties and trails for compliance with the closure notice. Authorized staff will issue tickets for trespassing and will be monitoring for parking violations.
For more information on CVC’s response to COVID-19, please visit cvc.ca. For latest information regarding parks and trails, visit the parks conditions page of the CVC website at cvc.ca/parkconditions.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. Our watershed is defined by the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drain into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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