September 24, 2018 – The public is welcome to join staff, dignitaries and members of the Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors on Saturday, September 29 for the official opening of the newly constructed accessible viewing platform overlooking the Provincially Significant McLaren Marsh.
“Saturday will be an exciting day for all of our staff who have worked hard to realize the completion of this project, and for the public who have told us how much they love the new viewing platform,” said Director of Stewardship and Conservation Areas, Kristie Virgoe. “The previous observation deck was a popular attraction at Ken Reid but had finally reached the end of its life cycle.
“When we launched our capital campaign to construct a new viewing platform we knew we wanted to make it accessible so that visitors with mobility challenges and their families would be able to come and enjoy nature at Ken Reid Conservation Area as well,” added Ms. Virgoe. “As part of that goal, we also created an accessible trail and a new accessible parking area leading to the viewing platform.”
The work would not have been possible without a very generous, anonymous donation that facilitated the launch of the project as well as a grant from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
“We are grateful for the donations we received for this project, and for those families who choose to make a donation, often times in memory of loved ones,” said Ms. Virgoe. “We find families who had loved ones that enjoyed nature and the outdoors or spending time at Ken Reid see their financial gifts as a way to create a lasting legacy for their loved ones.”
To celebrate the official opening, there will be a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 29 at the viewing platform followed by a tour of some of the surrounding trails.
“Having the redeveloped viewing platform will be a wonderful, accessible attraction for visitors,” said Kawartha Conservation CAO Mark Majchrowski. “This project would not have been possible without the generous financial support of private donors and the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program and on behalf of all of our visitors, I would like to thank them for making this project possible.”
The event is open to all members of the public and will take place rain or shine.