An amazing transformation is about to take place on Mississauga’s waterfront. We are pleased to invite all residents to a BBQ and celebration on September 24 at Lakefront Promenade Marina (135 Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga) to celebrate the start of construction of the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project, which will transform a degraded section of the shore into a beautiful, naturalized conservation area.
The celebration runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is hosted by the Region of Peel, Credit Valley Conservation, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey.
The celebration includes a free BBQ, cake cutting, face painting, info booths, addresses from special guests and a ceremonial water blessing performed by a member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Addresses, cake cutting and water blessing ceremony start at 12:30 p.m.
“Residents as well as all other stakeholders have been involved in this project from the start through a number of consultation sessions. This project represents the community’s commitment to restoring our natural environment,” said Jim Tovey, Peel Regional Councillor representing Mississauga’s Ward 1. “This celebration is our way of saying thank you to everyone who has helped make this project a reality.”
The project is scheduled to take seven to ten years to complete. When complete, it will include a publicly accessible conservation area roughly 48 football fields large, with 1.5 kilometres of new shoreline stretching from the old Lakeview generating station to the Toronto border at Marie Curtis Park. The Waterfront Trail will be rerouted along the newly created shoreline, instead of its current inland path near Lakeshore Boulevard.
“A naturalization project of this scale benefits our local environment and contributes to a healthier Great Lakes ecosystem,” said Andrew Farr, Executive Director of Water and Wastewater for the Region of Peel. “Access to natural spaces leads to a better quality of life for families and youth, and that’s exactly what the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project will provide. The Region of Peel is proud to be a partner in this initiative.”
The space is expected to become a hotspot for wildlife migration and a green oasis in the heart of the city. The new conservation area will add green space where it is sorely lacking. Mississauga’s Lakeview community once boasted significant natural areas and several wetlands.
The new conservation area will be created using only clean fill from construction projects to build a new, healthier shoreline. Currently, this area has some of the lowest numbers and species of fish along the entire Mississauga waterfront. There is little food, shelter or connected corridors to support life requirements of plants and animals. The western Lake Ontario shoreline is also a key stopover area for migrating birds, bats and insects.
“This project demonstrates what is possible with a strong vision and a collaborative partnership focused on improving our local environment,” said Deborah Martin-Downs, Chief Administrative Officer for Credit Valley Conservation. “The environmental benefits will extend beyond the local area into Lake Ontario and the Great Lakes ecosystem.”
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