Thornton Bales Greenbelt Route Accessibility
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
$15,923 (over 6 months)
Grant Stream: Prosperous Greenbelt
Grant Approved: June 24, 2019
With support from the Greenbelt Foundation, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority is transforming the entrance to Thornton Bales Conservation Area into a dedicated trailhead for the 475km Greenbelt Cycling Route. The transformation includes creating an information kiosk about the trail, the Greenbelt and the Moraine, installing a bicycle repair station with tools and pumps, as well as rest area benches and bike racks, and renovating the parking lot to create accessible parking. Renovations and enhancements will also allow access to a scenic viewpoint on the edge of the Oak Ridges Moraine, and increase visitor access to the 4.2km hiking loop at the Thornton Bales site. The project will include building fencing around restricted areas along the edge of the Moraine, geared to protecting sensitive local ecology from the impacts of visitors.