Foundation to launch EcoPark Campaign at Cactus Festival and Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
Come and see how your support will help to rehabilitate lands along the historic Desjardins Canal and acquire new lands to create Hamilton’s newest urban park, the Dundas Eco-park. We’ll be on hand at a Foundation booth to answer your questions about our $5 million capital campaign and unveil plans for the natural restoration of the former Ben Veldhuis Greenhouses property.
The Foundation is excited about working with the community to raise $5 million; $3 million for natural landscape restoration and trail development, and $2 million for acquisition of ecologically-significant lands.
With the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Desjardins Canal happening this Thursday, the Foundation thought that Cactus Festival Weekend would be perfect for the launch. “We know that Hamiltonians, especially Dundas residents, are keen to learn more about what will be Hamilton’s own Central Park and see the Desjardins Canal lands restored from a derelict site to a natural oasis and recreation hub.” said David McInnis, the Foundation’s Chairman who, with board members, will help staff the booth this weekend.
Stretching from the Niagara Escarpment to Cootes Paradise and Hamilton Harbour, from the Dundas town centre to Highway 6, this new urban eco-park, part of the Cootes to Escarpment Park System, will encompass 1,346 hectares (3,325 acres) of land, 75% of which is already in public ownership. The Foundation and Hamilton Conservation Authority are working with other partners to acquire key pieces of privately-owned lands in the Dundas EcoPark to secure and expand wildlife corridors and natural habitat for over 1500 species of birds, trees, plants and wildlife while providing public trails, outdoor education and passive recreation opportunities.
If you cherish natural lands and value an active, outdoor lifestyle, then help us protect the Dundas EcoPark, It’s your nature – your legacy. Visit us at the upcoming Cactus Festival August 17-19 and the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic at Christie Lake CA Saturday, September 1.