April 18, 2023 at 5:00 am
Parks Canada has officially launched the planning phase for Ojibway National Urban Park.
This phase will determine the park’s official boundaries, how the land will be managed in partnership with Aboriginal areas and how the park will be used by the community.
“We have to look at all the details of how the park will be operated and managed. We have a study area, but we haven’t settled on the exact boundaries of the park, so that has to be finalized,” says Caroline McIntosh, executive director of conservation establishments at Parks Canada. what to say.
Mackintosh said there will be many opportunities to continue community engagement as the planning process progresses.
“This planning phase will continue and should eventually result in an agreement to formally designate the park and then we will work to bring it into operation,” Mackintosh said.
The park is expected to open by 2025.
As part of the next phase of the park’s creation, the City of Windsor will also need to formally transfer its land to Parks Canada.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said the council was very supportive of the project, but formal discussions had yet to take place.
“We need to take it to council and have them acknowledge that we’re willing to do what the province has done, contribute city land to national urban parks and work together on a co-management agreement,” Dilkens said.
Those discussions will likely take place in June.