Essex Region Conservation Programs And Facilities Update

Monday June 1st, 2020

Posted at 9:06pm

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Essex Region Conservation has cancelled all programs until July 1st, 2020. This includes public and private school programming, festivals and events, and workshops.

·Holiday Beach Conservation Area opened to registered seasonal campers on Friday, May 29th, 2020. In keeping with Provincial direction, access will be for campers to begin preparing for the coming season. This includes trailer inspections, conducting repairs and cleaning, and set up (if the trailer is not already in the park). Operational procedures are being refined and will be communicated to seasonal campers to ensure the continued safety of our guests and staff.  Cottage rental at Holiday Beach remains suspended.

Holiday Beach and Hillman Marsh Conservation Area are open for walk though access. ERCA is waiving entry fees for the month of June. Proper physical distancing protocols of remaining at least 2 metres from any other visitor who is not part of your household.Washroom facilities will remain closed at all Conservation Areas.

The June waterfowl and deer hunting draws may be postponed due to ongoing provincial regulations.

The John R. Park Homestead museum, visitor centre and gift shop will remain closed. The grounds are open for walk-through access.

Kopegaron Woods Conservation Area remains closed as they await contractor services to conduct the parking lot repairs, which are tentatively scheduled for June 1th1, 2020.

Outdoor conservation areas and greenway trails will continue to be open from dawn to dusk for passive use. Visitors must adhere to physical distancing protocols as explained above. Conservation area usage is monitored to ensure these guidelines are being followed so that we can safely continue to offer these important natural areas for physical and mental health.

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