Recreational Trails Committee
St. Lawrence Parks Commission and the Ontario Trails Council have launched a public consultation process to work together with as many local stakeholders and partners as possible towards the creation of a Thousand Islands Parkway Multi-Use Recreational Trail 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. Front of Yonge Township and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands are playing a partnership role.
About the Trails Committee
The trail committee will identify and create work plans to resolve local use issues related to the operation of the Thousand Islands Parkway Multi-Use Recreational Trail, including concerns that were raised this past winter. The trail committee will also work to ensure safe and responsible public use of the trail at all times, and to strike a balance between serving the local residents and attracting visitors.
The trail committee development process includes the following:
- A six-meeting consultation process, with three meetings being public-facing (with public meetings being offered in sets of afternoon/evening meetings)
- Public discussion and education
- Stakeholder engagement and future participation
- Potential resolution of identified or emerging issues
- Education on land use and land management ethics
The second set of public meetings are scheduled to take place on the following dates in a virtual format:
|July 14 from 6-9 pm||July 15 from 1:30-4:30 pm|
The other three meetings will take place between August and September, with the development phase of the trail committee complete by the end of September 2021.
|June 2 from 6-9 pm||June 3 from 1:30-4:30 pm|
- On February 5, 2021, St. Lawrence Parks Commission, Front of Yonge, and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands placed safety messaging on their respective websites and social media channels notifying residents living along the Thousand Islands Parkway to refrain from plowing the recreational trail.
- On March 4, 2021, an initial virtual meeting took place with Ontario Trails Council, St. Lawrence Parks Commission, Front of Yonge Township, and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.
- On March 23, 2021, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission in partnership with the Ontario Trails Council, Front of Yonge, and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands announced the start of a Trails Alliance. A coordinated approach was proposed to resolve the challenges encountered with the plowing of the multi-use recreational trail along the Thousand Islands Parkway.
- On April 28, 2021, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ontario Trails Council.
- On June 2 and 3, 2021, the first set of public meetings took place virtually.
- On June 29, 2021, the core leadership group met to discuss mission, mandate, vision, roles and responsibilities, organizational structure and to prepare for the next public meeting.