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Waterdown-Sassafras Woods Heritage Lands

(Excerpt from the Cootes to Escarpment Park System Conservation and Land Management Strategy (Phase II report)).

The Waterdown-Sassafras Woods Heritage Lands are centred on Waterdown Escarpment Woods and Sassafras Woods ESAs. Sassafras Woods is a Carolinian Canada site and together with Waterdown Escarpment Woods is a Provincial Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. These Heritage Lands also include former landfill sites, which have the potential along with the future addition of rehabilitated quarry lands to expand the core natural areas as well as provide opportunities for more active recreation. City Park and Bayview Park will be the main centres for access to the Park System. The inter-regional trail and natural systems along the Niagara Escarpment would be strengthened if King Road was closed or restricted to through traffic at the Escarpment brow.

NATURAL AREAS

The numbers of each of the natural areas below correspond to Map 7 from the Cootes to Escarpment Park System Conservation and Land Management Strategy (Phase II report).

18. McNally Property

  • Owner: Bruce Trail Conservancy
  • NEPOSS Classification: Natural Environment - NE Plan Area - NEPOSS

MAIN FEATURES: Waterdown Woods ESA. Bruce Trail. Part of Greenbelt, adjacent to urban area.

POSSIBLE FUTURE DIRECTION: Low activity area for trail. Bruce Trail Conservancy main office. Habitat restoration required.

19. Waterdown Woods

  • Owner: Conservation Halton
  • NEPOSS Classification: Nature Reserve - NE Plan Area - NEPOSS

MAIN FEATURES: Waterdown Woods ESA, Provincial Life Science ANSI, species at risk habitat, Escarpment face, long-term environmental monitoring (e.g. EMAN plots). Bruce Trail and property trails. This area has historically been used by the community for hiking with recent unauthorized mountain bike use. Part of Greenbelt, adjacent to urban area.

POSSIBLE FUTURE DIRECTION: Moderate activity area with secondary level access.

Trail system review required. Management planning should consider a potential trail connection from proposed future urban development as well as closing access to Bruce Trail on King Road and providing new access to Waterdown Woods/ McNally properties. Potential for roadside parking and Cootes to Escarpment Park System information and map should be considered. Potential access for mobility challenged through part of area to be considered. Habitat restoration required. Restricted access to areas for long-term environmental monitoring. Future mountain bike use will be reviewed with management planning.

20. Kerncliff Park

  • Owner: Conservation Halton- Burlington management agreement
  • NEPOSS Classification: Natural Environment - NE Plan Area - NEPOSS

MAIN FEATURES: Waterdown Woods ESA, Old Nelson Quarry Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. Property trails. Part of Greenbelt, adjacent to urban area.

POSSIBLE FUTURE DIRECTION: Moderate activity area with secondary level access. Parking.

Interpretation of geology and natural restoration of disturbed landscapes to continue.

21. City Park

  • Owner: Burlington – Bruce Trail Conservancy easement over a portion
  • NEPOSS Classification: Recreation - NE Plan Area - NEPOSS

MAIN FEATURES: Southern half is part of Waterdown Woods ESA. Bruce Trail. Part of Greenbelt, adjacent to urban area.

POSSIBLE FUTURE DIRECTION: High activity area providing main access to Park System. Proposed active park facilities including sports fields, pavilion, parking — including for Bruce Trail access. Transit supported.

Restoration of natural buffer and natural areas with park development. Cootes to Escarpment Park System information and map required.

22. Bayview Park and Burlington Landfill Site

  • Owners: Burlington and Region of Halton
  • NEPOSS Classification: No Classification - outside NE Plan Area

MAIN FEATURES: Indian Creek tributary watercourses. Former landfill site. Model airplane club, gun club, leash-free dog area. Urban location.

POSSIBLE FUTURE DIRECTION: High activity area providing main access to Park System. Transit supported, parking.

Active recreation facilities and restoration of natural areas associated with watercourses and tablelands. Cootes to Escarpment Park System information and map should be considered. Potential recreation linkage along King Road to Escarpment brow and to Grindstone Creek Valley could be considered. Potential inclusion of Region of Halton’s closed Burlington Landfill Site to the west as part of recreation system and restoration of the natural system.

  • bruce trail
  • city of burlington
  • Conservation Halton
  • Halton Region
  • City of Hamilton
  • Hamilton Conservation Authority
  • hamilton harbour
  • Hamilton Naturalists' club
  • McMaster
  • RBG

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