Volunteers bringing EcoPark dream to life

When past foundation chair Matt Casey set foot on 21 hectares (52 acres) of newly protected grasslands in the heart of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System, he couldn’t believe his eyes. “Nothing could have prepared me for the view from the York Road property. With Borer’s Falls and the Escarpment at your back, the city skyline to your left and the vast Royal Botanical Gardens landholdings out in front of you, you suddenly get why this all matters so much.” said Casey.

A group of campaign volunteers has been working to protect land between Cootes Paradise and the Niagara Escarpment for years as part of the EcoPark Campaign, which formally launched in August of 2012. The group was buoyed after HCA acquired the first property on York Road this past March, the first of several planned acquisitions, right in the heart of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System which stretches from the Desjardins Canal in Dundas to Brant Street in Burlington.

The group is still about $150,000 short of their $800,000 goal for the property, which has been secured with reserve financing until the end of the calendar year. “We’ll get there” said Casey, “we just need to get a few more people out to see that beautiful vista!”

For more information on the EcoPark or to donate click here or call 905-525-2181.

Volunteer group in sunny meadow