Building and Protecting
The vision for a publicly owned waterfront park across Ajax goes back over 50 years. I’m proud to be part of a Council that continued to acquire available properties to fulfill the vision.
The waterfront provides environmental and recreational opportunities valued by many residents and visitors. As our waterfront increases in popularity, management is critical to achieving a balance of recreation and protection of environmental features.
In the past 4 years, recreational experience has been expanded by connecting the trail system, providing picnic areas, Canoe /kayak dock and fishing nodes, Carruthers splashpad and playground and public washrooms.
Environmental enhancements include rain gardens and bioswales that clean water runoff, a meadow to absorb a naturally wet area, extending sand dunes across Paradise Beach, restoring natural habitat, removing storm water discharge pipes and steel culverts on Paradise Beach, wetland drainage enhancements and interpretive signage.
Thanks to funding partners such as RBC’s Blue Water Project, the Sierra Club of Canada and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, these environmental initiatives improve the natural greenspace and water quality while engaging the community through active participation. Recently Ajax showcased these projects during the “Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative” conference with dignitaries from the U.S and Canada. With positive comments, municipalities took home ideas and the tools to assist with initiatives in their communities.