2017 Media Releases
On the weekend of August 21-22, proceeds from the Conservation Halton Parks entrance fees will be used as fundraising for their newest park, currently known as Area 8, located at the former site of the Milton Limestone Quarry. Funds raised will be used for environmental restoration and trail development, so that the site can be fully transitioned into a conservation and recreation area, with the support of the Conservation Halton Foundation.
Conservation Halton (CH) broke ground for Phase 2 of the Flamborough Centre Park restoration project on August 12, 2021. In partnership with the City of Hamilton, with support by the Province of Ontario, the Greenbelt Foundation, and Ducks Unlimited Canada, Phase 2 will see 2 hectares (4.9 acres) of the park transformed from a former underutilized sports field into marsh and swamp ecosystems.
Using an innovative new technique, utilized for the first time at this scale in Ontario, Conservation Halton (CH) is seeing the fruits of its labour this spring, after successfully managing 1,820 m² of Giant Hogweed (approximately 11,000 stems) in the Boyne Sixteen Mile Creek lands in Milton last summer.
With the arrival of colder temperatures, the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, the Town of Oakville and Conservation Halton are launching a joint winter water safety campaign to educate residents about the dangers associated with waterways this time of year.
Conservation Halton (CH) has reviewed the Province’s proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act (CA Act) which were released last week in the 2020 Ontario Budget (Bill 229). CH is encouraged that the purpose of the Act to provide for the organization and delivery of programs and services that further conservation, restoration, development, and management of natural resources in Ontario watersheds remains.
Last weekend, Conservation Halton opened their gates to five of their seven parks—Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Rattlesnake Point, Mount Nemo and Kelso Summit—to members and the public, using a new reservation system, which is now required to visit the parks. Friday, May 22 to Sunday, May 24 was the first weekend that visitors were allowed in the parks and there were about 6,500 reservations, with more than 17,000 visitors. The reservation system was developed in response to COVID-19, so that Conservation Halton would be able to create the conditions for physical distancing, but Conservation Halton hoped that reservations would offer a number of other benefits, even once things are back to normal.
Conservation Halton today reached the milestone of one million total visits to its Conservation Areas in a calendar year for the first time in its history. The one millionth visit was celebrated today at Glen Eden. Chief Administrative Officer Hassaan Basit, Director of Parks and Recreation Gene Matthews, and other staff, surprised Jayme Leslie, when they declared her as the one millionth visitor in 2017. Jayme was visiting Glen Eden with her dad Dave, they are from Georgetown.
Glen Eden is preparing for its best opening week conditions in recent memory! The hills will be set to open this Thursday, December 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Glen Eden expects to be fully operational with all lifts and trails open.
Mountsberg Conservation Area is offering a selection of activities the whole family can enjoy from 6 to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. There will be wagon rides, a puppet show, guided night hikes, a visit with one of Mountsberg’s owls, and the chance to make a special New Year’s craft. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Conservation Halton has issued a Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement regarding a low pressure system that will be moving through Southern Ontario starting tonight and extending through Sunday. Appreciable amounts of rain are likely in many areas especially Sunday and Sunday night with forecasted amounts ranging between 25 to 40 mm.