New Natural Playground Opened At Holiday Beach

Wednesday October 27th, 2021

Posted at 8:23pm

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Marolyn Morrison – ERCA Board Member, Claire Wales – Essex Region Conservation Foundation President, Usman Bhatti – Enbridge, Denise Heckbert – Enbridge, Tim Byrne – ERCA CAO, Peter Courtney – ERCA Board Member, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo

A new, natural playground has been created at Holiday Beach Conservation Area in Amherstburg. Enbridge committed $30,000 toward the natural playground project.

“This natural playground is a great asset to Holiday Beach Conservation Area,” said Claire Wales, President of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation. “Children can engage in imaginative and active play at this unique nature-inspired playground.”

A natural playground is a play environment that reflects elements from nature, like logs, stumps and boulders, rather than a traditional steel playground structure. Outdoor play in a natural setting has proven physical benefits for children, including developing gross motor skills, eye-hand coordination and helping to prevent obesity. Interacting with natural environments also allows children to learn with all of their senses.

In 2016, Enbridge was also instrumental in helping to create the Holiday Beach Demonstration Wetland, a controlled wetland habitat that improves water quality by reducing phosphorus. As it is intended to inspire others to create wetlands and, as a continuation of this project, Enbridge created a parking area to provide access for guests to enjoy the wildlife and learn more about wetland

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