Entry Fees Support Revitalization of Scanlon Creek Conservation Area
LSRCA to begin charging entrance fees June 1, 2012
Starting June 1, 2012, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) will begin charging a nominal entrance fee at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area in Bradford West Gwillimbury.
“The new entry fee is part of our long-term revitalization plan,” said Mayor Virginia Hackson, Chair of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. “We are confident that once our visitors see and experience the new park features and upgrades and learn about our ongoing revitalization and management plans, they will agree that the fee is well worth it. The small amount of revenue that we hope to generate from charging entry fees will be reinvested directly into the continued maintenance and development of Scanlon Creek.”
Scanlon Creek Conservation Area’s regular park hours are sunrise to dusk seven days per week. As of June 1, when visitors enter the park they will find envelopes and a drop box at the gate house. The conservation authority’s new “Pay and Display” system will require park visitors to insert their entry fee into an envelope, tear off the top tab to display in their windshield and drop payment into the box. The entrance fee is $10.00 per vehicle, or park goers may purchase an annual $50.00 family pass through the conservation authority, valid for one year from date of purchase. Annual passes for Scanlon Creek’s off-leash dog park will also be available for $40.00, valid from date of purchase.
Beginning July 1 through to August 27, LSRCA summer staff will be on site Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to answer questions, hand out trail maps and event listings, offer a visitor satisfaction survey and to collect entry fees.
“Over the last two years we’ve made several improvements to Scanlon Creek Conservation Area, making it a very desirable passive and active recreation destination,” said Brian Kemp, General Manager of Conservation Lands for LSRCA. “The conservation area features more new and unique amenities including our Discovery Play Garden, upgraded hiking and walking trails with improved signage and fully accessible washrooms and we have more plans up-our-sleeve for 2012 and beyond.”