Seeking Public Input on Continuing Development of Thousand Islands Parkway Multi-Use Recreational Trail Committee
St. Lawrence Parks Commission and Ontario Trails Council Hosting Second Set of Public Meetings to Establish Committee Representing Trail Interests July 14 and 15
July 7, 2021 2:30 P.M. | St. Lawrence Parks Commission
MORRISBURG, ONTARIO — Following two initial meetings with significant public interest,
St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) and the Ontario Trails Council (OTC) will hold a second set of public-facing meetings on July 14 and 15, 2021 as part of the process of developing the Thousand Islands Parkway Multi-Use Recreational Trail Committee.
The meeting will seek public input on the committee’s mission, vision, mandate, operating structure, roles and responsibilities and key project(s) to be undertaken. The committee must identify and create workplans to resolve local use issues, including winter use concerns that were raised this past winter.
Proposals will be presented by a core leadership group including partners Front of Yonge Township and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, as well as representation from Thousand Islands Parkway businesses and residents, Parks Canada, the Frontenac Arch Biosphere and other trail-based activity stakeholders.
The public will have the opportunity to provide input, as well as take material away and conduct individual research to bring back to every public meeting.
At the end of the consultation process in September 2021, the trail committee will be established as an independent body to help guide decision-making and shape the Thousand Islands Parkway Multi-Use Recreational Trail for the future.
Public meetings are open to all, including those that may have missed the first meetings. SLPC, Front of Yonge Township and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands will be reaching out directly to many residents and stakeholders to encourage them to get involved.
How to Participate
The second set of public meetings are scheduled to take place on the following dates in a virtual format:
- July 14, 2021, from 6-8 pm EST
- July 15, 2021, from 1:30-3:30 pm EST
Updates and previous meeting notes are posted on https://www.parks.on.ca/about/projects/recreational-trails-committee/
- The trail committee will represent regional trail interests to ensure that the Thousand Islands Parkway Multi-Use Recreational Trail continues to be enjoyed safely and is accessible to all users.
- The trail committee will also work to always ensure safe and responsible public use of the trail, and to strike a balance between serving residents and attracting visitors.
- Working under a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between SLPC and OTC, OTC is helping guide the public consultation process to develop the committee.
- The development phase of the committee includes three sets of public meetings (afternoon and evening) and three committee governance meetings.
- Consultation Key to Thousand Islands Regional Trails Committee Development
- The Start of a Trail Alliance for the Thousand Islands Parkway Recreational Trail
About St. Lawrence Parks Commission
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the Government of Ontario, operates facilities stretching from Kingston to the Quebec border, including Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site); Kingston Pen Tours, Skywood Eco Adventure, Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and 14 campgrounds and beach day-use picnic areas including the Long Sault and Thousand Islands Parkway.
To learn more, visit www.parks.on.ca
About The Ontario Trail Council
The Ontario Trails Council is a charity that promotes the development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails and trail-based activity in Ontario.
Ontario Trails Council brings the right people together to provide reliable information that advances the management and operation of recreational trails, while providing public access to the largest multi-use trail inventory in Canada.
To learn more, visit www.ontariotrails.ca.
About Front of Yonge Township
Located in beautiful Eastern Ontario along the St. Lawrence River, Front of Yonge Township was incorporated as a separate municipality in 1905. As a member municipality of the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville, it has a rich history dating back centuries. Part of the world famous 1000 Islands with 46 islands within its borders, the area is home to natural waterfronts and multiple recreational trails, providing striking scenery.
To learn more, visit www.mallorytown.ca.
About The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands
The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands (TLTI) was incorporated in 2001 by the amalgamation of the Township of Escott, Township of Front of Leeds and Lansdowne, and the Township of the Rear of Leeds and Lansdowne. The Mayor, Council, staff and volunteers work collaboratively to ensure that quality services are provided to residents, businesses and visitors. TLTI provides services including; treasury and administration, recreation and leisure programming, planning and development supports; waste management and public works. It is the mission of the Township to continue to be a friendly, historic community surrounded by natural beauty, where the economy, nature, and people flourish. This is achieved by planning for the built environment, delivery of quality programming to enhance the quality of life, and provision of infrastructure including roads, bridges, parks, facilities and more.
To learn more, visit www.leeds1000islands.ca.
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