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    Another Reason to Love North Oakville – Glenorchy Conservation Area

    Glenorchy (Scottish for valley of tumbling waters) is a brand new conservation area in North Oakville.  The area is just under 1000 acres and will be bounded by Highway 407 to the north, Dundas Street to the South, Bronte Road to the West and Sixteen Mile Creek to the east.  The jury is still out on how the recreational area will be used but the focus will be on keeping it a natural heritage area with some potential for recreational areas within.

    Glenorchy’s master plan was recently presented to the Conservation Halton Board and Ontario Realty Corporation and is expected to be approved in 6 months to a year’s time.  Once complete, the immediate focus will be on restoring the area’s natural environment.  There are plans to eventually develop 7.9 km’s of walking trails although this development is likely still 5-10 years away.  With time, the area should be open to walkers, joggers, hikers, bird watchers, photographers and artists who can all enjoy the beauty of Oakville’s natural surroundings.  The area itself is made up of gently rolling hills, forest, creeks and wetlands, and includes a portion of the Sixteen Mile Creek valley with its beautiful gorge.

    In addition to the new massive park currently under development in North Oakville (North Park), the Town of Oakville has set aside an additional 82 acre parcel of land immediately adjacent to Glenorchy which will be used as another recreational park.  The new park will include several soccer fields and recreational facilities.  Part of the proposal is to create a parking lot, washroom, shelter and potentially an education centre to accommodate Glenorchy and serve as an entranceway to the conservation area.

    Unlike so many cookie-cutter developments, North Oakville is promising to be a great new area where development is built around our natural heritage systems.  If I take a step back and look at neighbouring communities, it is easy to see that preservation is not always a priority which makes me appreciate North Oakville’s careful development that much more.  I am excited by the proposed Glenorchy conservation area plan and look forward to seeing the area restored to its natural state.  It is just one more reason to love North Oakville.



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    that's my spot for dirt biking leave it alone spend money on something that will matter. you don't need to put trails in why bother there already there. i need a new spot to ride dirt bikes pls email me if you know anywhere local thank you.

    September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDevon

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