Re-open the “ravine trail” in Bronte Creek Provincial Park
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With ever increasing pressure from expanding population growth, opening new trails (not closing trails), should be the priority of Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
Bronte Creek is one of the few Provincial Parks within a metropolitan area, and it serves many purposes and functions, including: preservation of the greenbelt and watershed, and recreational activities such as hiking, biking, skiing, swimming, fishing, and camping. It has always been primarily used as a place where people living in the suburban GTA can enjoy walking in a natural environment of forests and fields.
In November 2018 “No Trespassing” signs were posted. This represents the closure of the most significant length of trail on the Oakville side of the Park. It is approximately 4km of trail along the top of the ravine following Bronte Creek (from Dundas Street to the south eastern perimeter of Bronte Creek Provincial Park). This closure also eliminates access down into the ravine to Bronte Creek.
Dating back to 1971 a Leash Free Trail at the park has been enjoyed for decades by dog owners and their dogs. Access to the Leash Free Trail is now available only through Group Campsite A. The route that used to begin at an entry path alongside Group Campsite D, and then proceed along above the Bronte Creek ravine is now signed with “No Trespassing”. This represents a closure of the ravine portion of the Leash Free Trail (a distance of approximately 500m).
With ever increasing pressure from expanding population growth, and the loss of so much green space, Bronte Creek Provincial Park should be opening new trails, not closing them. They should be encouraging the public to get outside and enjoy nature.
We are proposing a petition, with the objective of conveying to Park Management the community concern over the closure of the “ravine trail”.
The undersigned highly value the “ravine trail” on the Oakville campground side of Bronte Creek Provincial Park, recognize it is used at own risk, and regard the closure citing risk as an exaggerated response.
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