Rotary Club of Innisfil has been instrumental in fostering the development of a public trail through a 55 acre woodlot behind the Town Hall and Recreation Complex extending to the 7th Line. The Rotary Trail project consists of “a series of walking and biking trails that will be open to the community and visitors, as well as create a Living Classroom of our local ecosystem our students can come to explore.” An initial portion of the trail was officially opened last fall and Rotary members are eager to further develop the project.
According to press reports, the County of Simcoe will link the trail to Alcona through a walking/cycling path planned along Innisfil Beach Road when it is widened. “There will also be a link to other County trail systems such as Simcoe and Huronia Trails and the Trans Canada Trail.”
Rotary is organizing this year’s Walk and Run at Innisfil Recreation Complex on Saturday June 3 to help raise funds for this ambitious trail project. (The total funding target is $2,000,000). In the past 2 years the Fun Run has contributed $8,000 toward the trails project. Additional funding has come from the the Trillium Foundation and the Inspiring Innisfil grant program.
This year, participants meet at the Innisfil Recreation Complex, registration starting at 7:30 a.m.; warm-up at 9 a.m. for a 5 km Fun Walk and Run. Entry is $5 for adults and seniors or $20 for families. (See below to register in advance online) The Walk & Run is followed by more Family Fun Day events at the Recreation Complex.
Have you ever sensed that a group of random ideas was weaving itself into a larger fabric? I’ve had that feeling lately while thinking about some recent reading in the context of related events in Innisfil. It has to do with green space, how much we have, what it consists of, and questions like “How much should we have?”.
“Ontario’s Planning Act permits municipalities to require … either a maximum of 5% of residential land area (s. 42(1)) or a maximum of one hectare per 300 dwellings
(s. 42(3)) to a municipality for parks or other recreational purposes.”
(Neptis Foundation: “Density and changing standards for public facilities”)
Several examples come to mind of public outrage at the sudden razing of natural growth and treed areas, sometimes without permits, and sometimes on a property that was promoted as a ‘protected’ natural area. Sometimes, residents have banded together in defense of an individual tree as happened in Oakville and recently in Cookstown. Nature matters and people notice.
One of the purposes of this blog is to make it easier for Innisfil residents to keep track of events, so that they can participate in community decisions and activities. It looks like things are really starting to gear up, so I’m posting this summary of scheduled meetings concerning 3 parks plans, town-wide zoning review, and a food and agriculture charter. Continue reading →