Pay and Display machine coming to Kawartha Conservation’s most popular area July 2, 2015
Beginning July 2nd, 2015, Kawartha Conservation will begin charging a nominal entrance fee at Ken Reid Conservation Areas in Lindsay. Ken Reid Conservation Area is a stunning local green space with many unique features, including Howler’s Corners, the only off-leash dog park in the City of Kawartha Lakes. The area has seen a significant increase in visitors in recent years.
Approximately half of the 300 publicly accessible conservation areas across Ontario have a daily fee associated with using them. When the popularity of a natural area increases, additional resources, both human and financial, are required to properly maintain the area so that amenities don’t become run down or degraded. Kawartha Conservation does receive municipal funding to help support their programs, including the management of their five conservation areas. However, because of Ken Reid’s popularity, additional funds are required to maintain and improve the current level of service and to ensure it remains a safe and enjoyable place for visitors.
“The revenue generated from charging entrance fees will be reinvested directly into the continued maintenance and development of roadways, parking areas, the off-leash dog park, and other infrastructure within Ken Reid Conservation Area ”, says Rob Messervey, CAO of Kawartha Conservation. “We view this as a necessary change, and we hope it will allow us to make Ken Reid an even more enjoyable place to visit.”
Ken Reid Conservation Area’s regular hours of operation from May to October are 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. seven days per week. As of July 2nd, when visitors enter the park they will find a pay and display machine located within the park to the right of the entrance road before the first stop sign. This new pay and display system will require park visitors to deposit fees (coin or credit) into a machine from the comfort of their vehicle to receive a slip which they will then display in the windshield of their vehicle. The daily entrance rate will be $2.00 per vehicle, or visitors will have the option of purchasing an annual pass for $75.00, or $60.00 for seniors (age 60 or older), through Kawartha Conservation, valid for one year from date of purchase. Annual passes will be available at the Kawartha Conservation Administration Centre beginning July 2nd.
Messervey believes that the option of purchasing an annual pass is a great one for “visitors who use Ken Reid more than three times per month.” In those cases, he says, “this pass results in cost savings.”