Gretzky pledges NDP commitment to National Urban Park, transfer of provincial parcel to Parks Canada

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If the NDP forms a government in June, transferring a parcel of provincially owned green space to Parks Canada to form a national urban park would be a priority, says the incumbent candidate from Windsor West.

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Standing at a gate to the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve on Monday, Lisa Gretzky said her party is committed to doing its part to establish a national urban park in Windsor by contributing a piece of the Ontario puzzle.

“These are wonderful pieces of land,” Gretzky said. “If they are well connected, people in our community and outside of our community will be able to appreciate them and the wildlife; we will have the opportunity to enjoy this for years to come.”

A sign next to the nature reserve’s Malden Road entrance says that the province acquired the land in 1974 and that it is home to thousands of species, including 2,000 species of insects and more than 700 species of plants. In addition to the provincial property, the expected Ojibway National Urban Park, approximately 900 acres in total, would include Ojibway Shores, Black Oak Heritage Park, Ojibway Park, Tallgrass Prairie Park and the Spring Garden Natural Area.

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NDP candidate for Windsor West Lisa Gretzky is pictured on the Ojibway Prairie land in Windsor on Monday, May 16, 2022. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

Gretzky has for years supported MP Brian Masse (NDP – Windsor West) in promoting a national urban park in the city. While the park would be in federal hands, Gretzky said his office has listened to residents who feel it’s important for the province to transfer their land to Parks Canada.

“That is something that the New Democrats have committed to making happen very quickly,” he said.

Last week, the Federal Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, announced that a memorandum of understanding had been signed between Transport Canada and Parks Canada to transfer a 33-acre property in Ojibway Shores, an outstanding piece of the park’s puzzle. urban national owned by the Port of Windsor. Authority: with the aim of preserving the land in a natural state. During previous years, that land had been earmarked for industrial use.

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