Make Access to the Binbrook Conservation Area Free

Make Access to the Binbrook Conservation Area Free

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Kaitlin Peters started this petition to The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA)

Recently, the Board of Directors for the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NCPA) has made the decision to start collecting a mandatory fee of $8.00 from those who want to enter The Binbrook Conservation Area during the winter. The choice to hire an employee during the winter to enforce fee collection is a divergence from past practice where fees were never forcibly collected from those who wanted to enjoy the park during the winter months.

The decision to collect this fee during a pandemic, when many Binbrook residents are struggling financially and have few other options for recreational activity, merely demonstrates the opportunism of the Board of Directors of the NCPA in prioritizing balancing budgets over serving the community during a time of crisis.

As Ontario remains in a province-wide lockdown, the Binbrook Conservation Area is one of the only options Binbrook residents still have for maintaining their physical and mental wellbeing, while still following social distancing protocols. As mental health illness has skyrocketed during the pandemic and many have lost their jobs, the decision to demand payment to access what should be free harms the collective wellbeing of the community.

We are calling on the Board of Directors of the NCPA to cancel the collection of the $8.00 fee for entrance into the Binbrook Conservation Area, and make access to the park free for everyone, at the very least, until the pandemic is over. Doing so will demonstrate that the NCPA is willing to prioritize the health and wellbeing of Binbrook residents, which should have aways been core to the mandate of the NCPA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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