Essex Region Conservation Authority Celebrates Grand Reopening of River Canard Park

Thursday June 7th, 2012

Posted at 11:15am


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Students from St. Joseph’s Elementary school were joined by local dignitaries and other guests Wednesday to celebrate the grand re-opening of River Canard Park. River Canard Park is unique in that it is co-owned by the Towns of LaSalle and Amherstburg. Over the past few months, significant upgrades have been made.

“Approximately 200 metres of shoreline were restored using soft shoreline techniques to improve fish habitat and protect the park from erosion,” explained Percy Hatfield, ERCA Chair. “Approximately 25 different fish species are known to feed and spawn in the Canard River, including federally and provincially rare species.”

As well, a walking trail and two large viewing platforms were constructed, one of which connects to a floating fishing platform.  Native trees and shrubs were planted and educational signage was installed to highlight the environmental features of the Canard River. The park also has a small boat ramp which allows access by kayakers and canoeists. Following the event, approximately 20 students planted 300 beautiful wildflowers to add colour to the park.

Total costs for this partnership project were approximately $250,000.

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