On Saturday, October 5, show your love for Island Lake Conservation Area at the annual Fall Trail Donation Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is hosted by the Friends of Island Lake (FOIL) in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF).
“Trail Donation Day is a chance for the community to come out and support the park,” said Terri LeRoux, Senior Manager, PARCS for Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and Executive Director, CVCF. “This year, funds raised will support our natural playground project scheduled for completion in November. The new structure will help connect kids with nature, inspire unstructured play and encourage outdoor exploring.”
The one-acre natural playground project will use elements like plants, water, logs, boulders and land, plus a built play structure to give kids different sensory experiences and chances to play. Kids will have access to outdoor musical instruments and climbing trees. The playground will also have a fully-accessible loop trail with nature-themed play pods that will be open for skating during the winter.
Since 2005, FOIL has worked with CVCF to help fundraise more than $2.6 million in donations to complete accessible trails at the park. The trails help connect the municipalities of Orangeville and Mono. Funds raised have also supported new infrastructure around Island Lake Conservation Area.
The number of people using the park has exploded since July 2015 when final bridges were installed on the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail. The bridges created a full trail loop around Island Lake. Last year more than 220,000 people visited the park.
Volunteers will collect donations for the Island Lake Natural Playground at the Hockley Road and 4th Avenue entrances. Donations can also be made at the gatehouse, online at the Canada Helps webpage or by contacting Sharlene Hardwar at [email protected] or 905-670-1615 ext. 557.
Visitors walking along the Vicki Baron Lakeside Trail at Island Lake Conservation Area
About Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
Credit Valley Conservation Foundation is a registered environmental charity working to help protect and conserve the lands and waters of the Credit River Watershed. The Foundation accomplishes this by raising funds in support of the valuable conservation projects carried out by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) that protect the health and well-being of the flora and fauna, the watershed and its inhabitants for today and tomorrow. CVC inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy.
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905-670-1615 ext. 285