October 3, 2019 – On Saturday, October 5, show your love for Island Lake Conservation Area at the annual Fall Trail Donation Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is hosted by the Friends of Island Lake (FOIL) in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF).
“Trail Donation Day is a chance for the community to come out and support the park,” said Terri LeRoux, Senior Manager, PARCS for Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and Executive Director, CVCF. “This year, funds raised will support our natural playground project scheduled for completion in November. The new structure will help connect kids with nature, inspire unstructured play and encourage outdoor exploring.”
The one-acre natural playground project will use elements like plants, water, logs, boulders and land, plus a built play structure to give kids different sensory experiences and chances to play. Kids will have access to outdoor musical instruments and climbing trees. The playground will also have a fully-accessible loop trail with nature-themed play pods that will be open for skating during the winter.
Since 2005, FOIL has worked with CVCF to help fundraise more than $2.6 million in donations to complete accessible trails at the park. The trails help connect the municipalities of Orangeville and Mono. Funds raised have also supported new infrastructure around Island Lake Conservation Area.
The number of people using the park has exploded since July 2015 when final bridges were installed on the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail. The bridges created a full trail loop around Island Lake. Last year more than 220,000 people visited the park.
Volunteers will collect donations for the Island Lake Natural Playground at the Hockley Road and 4th Avenue entrances. Donations can also be made at the gatehouse, online at the Canada Helps webpage or by contacting Sharlene Hardwar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-670-1615 ext. 557.
Learn more about the Island Lake Natural Playground here
For more details about how you can support FOIL’s Trail Donation Day, please visit https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofIslandLake/
Specialist, Marketing & Communications
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 285