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Posted on December 22, 2022 at 5:20 pm
A 64-acre conservation area being developed along Mississauga’s waterfront that is expected to be an environmental “gem” has already started winning prestigious awards.
The Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area was recently named a winner of one of this year’s Brownie Awards, which each year recognize and celebrate organizations, individuals and projects across Canada that are dedicated to rehabilitating abandoned sites that were once contaminated, underutilized and underdeveloped.
In late November it was announced that Jim Tovey’s conservation project won the ‘Reach Out’ award for excellence in communications, marketing and public engagement.
Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area is a joint project created and developed by partners Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the Region of Peel.
The cities of Mississauga and Toronto, along with other organizations including Lakeview Community Partners, builders of the upcoming mass community of Lakeview Village, are also supporting the project that will create a new conservation area along the shore of Lake Ontario in east of Mississauga when it opens in 2025.
The “Reach Out” award recognizes CVC for its use of public information centers to connect with the community, its commitment to the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation in terms of detailed design, a direct email channel and an to sign up for updates through the project. web site
Built on a previously degraded section of shoreline and named for the late Mississauga city councilor who worked to bring the project to fruition, the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area reuses construction debris and fills it as sustainable resource to create a green space that will connect the community. back to Lake Ontario, project leaders say.
“It’s an incredible honor that the Jim Tovey Lakeview Project is being recognized nationally for its innovation and dedication to transforming Lake Mississauga’s shoreline into a thriving green space for both the community and wildlife,” said Kate Hayes, CVC’s senior director of restoration and ecosystem management. “This award is a testament to the considerable effort of CVC and our partners to foster meaningful communication and engagement with the community to ensure the continued and future success of (the conservation area).”
Janice Hatton, Project Manager for the Region of Peel, added that together with other partners, “…we will transform the area into a hub for passive waterfront recreation, a hotspot for migrating wildlife and a green oasis in the heart of the city.”
The new waterfront park/conservation area will provide 64 hectares of green space with large coastal wetlands, meadows, beach front habitats and woodlands, as well as enhanced shoreline for residents and wildlife, including species migratory birds and fish, project officials say.
The Brownie Awards were founded in 2001 by the Canadian Urban Institute.
Jim Tovey Conservation Park is taking shape alongside the massive Lakeview Village community that is being developed over the next decade.
A restored Serson Creek now flows into the conservation area. The creek was disconnected from Lake Ontario in the mid-1960s when it was buried and channeled underground, essentially becoming one of Mississauga’s “lost rivers.” Lost rivers are waterways that have been buried underground to make way for development.
The restoration of Serson Creek began in 2016 when the CVC, Region of Peel and TRCA began work on the new conservation area.
Lakeview Village and the Jim Tovey Conservation Area are being developed on the site that was once home to the Lakeview Generating Station. It closed in 2005 with the controlled demolition of the iconic chimneys known for decades as “The Four Sisters”.
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