After weeks of closure, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is reopening all five of its conservation areas for public use on Saturday, May 16. To ensure the safety of the community, only walking trails are open at this time. Bathrooms and buildings are closed for the time being including the R. Tait McKenzie and Dr. James Naismith Museums.
“We understand how important access to nature is for community health and well-being,” said MVCA Community Relations Coordinator Shannon Gutoskie. “Staff has worked diligently to create a plan that allows us to reopen our properties for limited day use while remaining focused on the health and safety of our staff and the community.”
Preparations have included:
- Checking many kilometres of trails for hazards and safety concerns.
- Installing safe social distancing signage.
- Performing enhanced maintenance operations.
It’s important to note that it won’t be business as usual. MVCA is asking visitors to make sure they are practicing social distancing by staying six feet apart and not travel or meet up with people from outside of their main residence. Visitors are also encouraged to limit the duration of their visit and, if the parking lot is full upon arrival, to come back at a later time. Pets are to be leashed at all times and visitors are asked to take any garbage with them when they leave.
The MVCA appreciates your continued support and understanding as we continue to navigate through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
MVCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit www.mvc.on.ca, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.