Concerned Citizens Hold Open-House To Discuss Proposed Development Of Waverly Woods in Fort Erie

 Woods home to Red-Headed Woodpeckers, Bats, Pollinators, and other threatened species.

Liz Benneian, Executive Director and Manager of Environmental Education for Ontariogreen to speak.

A Call-Out from a Group of Concerned Ctiziens in Fort Erie/Niagara

Posted January 25th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

A lot of the local citizens have become attached to this red fox and her kits in Waverly Woods in Fort Erie – an oasis for nature that is home to a diversity of life that citizens in the area are fighting to save from sprawling development that could go some place less damaging to what is left of Niagara’s green places. Photo courtesy of Marcie Jacklin

Fort Erie, Ontario  – Wednesday, January 24, 2018 –  A group of concerned citizens is holding an open-house, on Sunday, January 28th at Royal Canadian Legion, 130 Garrison Road, Fort Erie, to discuss the application, currently before the Fort Erie Town Council, to allow for the development of a subdivision that will result in the clearance of Waverly Woods.

If allowed, this development, known as Harbourtown Village at Erie Beach, will decimate a habitat that is one of the few remaining spring migratory stop-overs for birds in the Niagara Region, as well as a known habitat of Red-Headed Woodpeckers, which are protected under the provincial government’s Species at Risk in Ontario List.

The open-house will begin at 1:30pm.  Liz Benneian, Executive Director and Manager of Environmental Education for Ontariogreen will be giving a talk. Afterwards, meeting attendees are invited to participate in a letter-writing campaign, where they will be given the opportunity to voice their own concerns, to members of the Fort Erie Town Council, about the development of Waverly Woods.

All members of the public are welcome to attend this event. Please email Marcie Jacklin ( if you are planning on attending, or if you have any questions. Drop-ins, on the day of, are also welcome. Attendees are asked to bring a suggested voluntary donation of $3 to cover the cost of writing supplies, stamps, etc. 

 Concerned members of the public are also invited to sign the petition “Save Waverly Beach Park in Fort Erie” at The petition currently has close to 2500 signatures.


  • When: Sunday, January 28th from 1:30 – 3:30
  • Where: Royal Canadian Legion, 130 Garrison Road, Fort Erie, ON L2A 6E1
  • Contact/RSVP: Marcie Jacklin (
  • About: Liz Benneian of Ontariogreen to speak followed by a letter writing campaign.

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One response to “Concerned Citizens Hold Open-House To Discuss Proposed Development Of Waverly Woods in Fort Erie

  1. I will definitely attend this meeting. Many people regularly stroll here and walk their dogs in this lovely little nature area which is part of the famous Niagara recreational trail, one of the prettiest in Canada. I was there today. As well as the birds, it is also a rest stop for migrating monarch butterflies. How often do we hear about helping this beautiful species survive, so why tear up a site they rely on? While biking in October I saw from 60 to 100 of them at one time feasting on the wildflowers in one small patch at the end of the park the day before a bad wind and rain storm. Dozens of people were photographing them. This was their last refueling stop before crossing the lake. I also saw the fox but only once. She is beautiful and shy and never bothers anyone. Deer also traverse these wood to drink at the lake. I have seen them often.

    This area is also historically significant and the woods has remnants of the old amusement park that was there up until the stock market crash of ’29. Sure, let’s destroy both nature AND our history. As well, the forerunner of the NAACP, the Niagara Assembly, met here on the Canadian side of the border (for safety reasons) and I have seen groups of American tourists in the park with guides studying that part of their history.

    PLEASE people come out and support this cause. I’m sick of the Fort Erie councils that for generations “PAVE PARADISE AND PUT UP A PARKING LOT”. 😦


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