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MORRISBURG – Following two initial meetings with significant public interest, St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) and the Ontario Trails Council (OTC) will hold a second set of public-facing meetings on July 14 and 15, 2021 as part of the process of developing the Thousand Islands Parkway Multi-Use Recreational Trail Committee.
The meeting will seek public input on the committee’s mission, vision, mandate, operating structure, roles and responsibilities and key project(s) to be undertaken. The committee must identify and create workplans to resolve local use issues, including winter use concerns that were raised this past winter.
Proposals will be presented by a core leadership group including partners Front of Yonge Township and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, as well as representation from Thousand Islands Parkway businesses and residents, Parks Canada, the Frontenac Arch Biosphere and other trail-based activity stakeholders.
The public will have the opportunity to provide input, as well as take material away and conduct individual research to bring back to every public meeting.
At the end of the consultation process in September 2021, the trail committee will be established as an independent body to help guide decision-making and shape the Thousand Islands Parkway Multi-Use Recreational Trail for the future.
Public meetings are open to all, including those that may have missed the first meetings. SLPC, Front of Yonge Township and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands will be reaching out directly to many residents and stakeholders to encourage them to get involved.
How to Participate
The second set of public meetings are scheduled to take place on the following dates in a virtual format:
- July 14, 2021, from 6-8 pm EST
- July 15, 2021, from 1:30-3:30 pm EST
Updates and previous meeting notes are posted on https://www.parks.on.ca/about/projects/recreational-trails-committee/
- The trail committee will represent regional trail interests to ensure that the Thousand Islands Parkway Multi-Use Recreational Trail continues to be enjoyed safely and is accessible to all users.
- The trail committee will also work to always ensure safe and responsible public use of the trail, and to strike a balance between serving residents and attracting visitors.
- Working under a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between SLPC and OTC, OTC is helping guide the public consultation process to develop the committee.
- The development phase of the committee includes three sets of public meetings (afternoon and evening) and three committee governance meetings.