In July, Ontario Ministry of the Environment approved plans to remediate the site of the former Ben Veldhuis Ltd. greenhouses in Dundas. The brownfield site will soon be cleared, capped with clean fill, graded and overseeded for winter. Horizon Utilities donated their services to remove poles and lines in preparation for this work. Our thanks go to them. “With successful fundraising, HCA plans to construct trails, two viewing and shade structures and the possibility of community plantings” explains Foundation Executive Director Joan Bell.
The site will create a natural gateway into Dundas and serve as one of several urban access points to the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System. Donations are still needed to help build the lookout, boardwalk and visitor shelter central to the project and with the extensive naturalization that will follow. “We’re not quite there yet, but donations and federal grant money from the FedDev Ontario Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund has help get us started.” explains Bell.
“We really appreciate the community’s patience and generous support in helping us clean up this site. It’s been a real collaborative effort with people like Cathy Nesbitt from the Thirsty Cactus and Krys Hines from Café Domestique bringing great fundraising ideas to the table and rallying community support,” said Foundation Chair Richard MacDonald.
You can visit the Foundation’s EcoPark Campaign page at www.EcoParkCampaign.ca to find out more about plans for the Veldhuis site.