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Nogie’s Creek Waterway Project

by Jaclyn Witherly

Council received a presentation and accepted a request to support the concept of a new waterway park for Nogie’s Creek and Pigeon Lake at the Trent Lakes meeting on Tuesday, January 20.

Rob Messervey, Chief Administrative Officer at Kawartha Conservation presented to council a very thorough conceptual plan and most council members supported the idea.

Messervey was seeking to gain establishment of a working group to develop and support a conceptual plan, including municipal participation.

He also asked for the use of Tully’s Road and Ken’s Road for a road allowance of a pedestrian trail to enable students from Sir Sandford Fleming College Frost Campus and faculty members to access.

He expressed that the area is quite unique culturally and a waterway park would attract visitors to the area. The nature and history is abundant and there’s a tremendous history of First Nations in the surrounding area.

The waterway park would potentially be a canoe route, area for a fish sanctuary and fisheries research, scientific study, self-guided nature trails, interpretive profiling of unique watershed geology, cultural heritage and provide recreational linkage with North Pigeon Lake and Boyd Island.

“We are figuring out what are the assets and how can we best use them for the Township. We’ve discussed this project with several potential partners and Curve Lake has shown a keen interest in working with us,” Messervey explained to council and the gallery.

Dean and Principal of Fleming College Frost Campus, Linda Skilton, spoke to council as well. She says the college supports the idea and the students would greatly benefit from access to the land.

There are around 1700 students at Frost Campus and they are all enrolled in environmental and natural resources programs. The area would provide plenty of added space for students to study.

“Because of the nature of the programs we offer and being in Trent Lakes, with this particular proximity to the campus, we think it’s an ideal partnership,” Skilton explained, “This project really provides the opportunity for a lot of applied activities for our students. Particularly Fish and Wildlife, Ecological Restoration, Forestry Technician, even our Heavy Equipment operators can help us perhaps create a trail, connected to the piece of property.”

Peter Raymond, Councillor for Harvey Ward, expressed his support for the project, “I think this is a really excellent opportunity for the township and community as well, for the youth, the environment and the local college. I think it’s a win win and I would certainly support the initiative.”

Council carried a motion to support the waterway project, with all members in favour except one.

Deputy Mayor Ron Windover was opposed. His concerns were parking for visitors, students and faculty and also heavy equipment coming in and disrupting the land.

Messervey said these are details to finalize now that they’ve gotten councils support and the issues will be worked out.

He will be developing a concept plan and presenting it to council in September, as well as confirming partner commitments.

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