NPCA Acquires Property Adjacent To Rockway Conservation Area in Lincoln, Niagara

 “The announcement of the Rockway Community Centre purchase marks an important investment in our region and our environment. This strategic acquisition demonstrates the NPCA’s commitment to maintaining, protecting, and enhancing Niagara’s natural heritage.”  – Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley

News from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Posted August 17th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is pleased to announce the purchase of a 1.12-acre property previously known as Rockway Community Centre, which is adjacent to its ecologically significant and highly visited Rockway Conservation Area.

Rockway Conservation Area in Lincoln/Niagara. Photo courtesy of NPCA

The land is located at 2021 Regional Road 69 in Lincoln. It is considered one of the Niagara Peninsula watershed’s hidden gems, as it is part of the Niagara Escarpment, with significant ecological features, flora, fauna, and recreational assets. The extensive trail system connects to the Bruce Trail and offers a hiking experience within the Fifteen Mile Creek Valley, surrounded by mature trees, a salt spring, and two spectacular waterfalls.

This purchase will allow for significant enhancements to the existing public use with the addition of an improved entrance and parking for the Rockway Conservation area and the Bruce Trail.

This land acquisition aligns with the NPCA’s 2021-2031 Strategic Plan Goal 3.1— to create equitable access to greenspace for the health and well-being of people, enhance trail connections, and highlight and promote recreation within the watershed. It also supports the NPCA’s 2022-2032 Draft Land Securement Strategy and climate change objectives.

Rockway Conservation Area in Niagara, Ontario’s Town of Lincoln. Photo courtesy of NPCA

 

The NPCA continues to work towards maintaining, protecting, and enhancing the watershed’s valuable green spaces. The purchase of this property is another significant step in achieving these critical climate change and ecological goals.

Quote from Rob Foster, NPCA Chair, Board of Directors – The NPCA takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieving conservation success for the sake of nature for all. We are proud to work with municipal partners to increase biodiversity and shared greenspace across the watershed community. Thanks to the Niagara Region for their funding support, the NPCA is excited to announce the expansion of the natural heritage of the Rockway Conservation Area.

Quote from Regional Chair Jim Bradley, Niagara Region – The announcement of the Rockway Community Centre purchase marks an important investment in our region and our environment. This strategic acquisition demonstrates the NPCA’s commitment to maintaining, protecting, and enhancing Niagara’s natural heritage while providing residents and visitors with an opportunity to better experience the region’s natural heritage – I look forward to seeing this newly acquired asset used to its full potential in the future.

About NPCA – The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is a community-based natural resource management agency that works to protect, enhance, and sustain healthy watersheds. With 61 years of experience, the NPCA offers watershed programs and services that focus on flood and hazard management, source water protection, species protection, ecosystem restoration, community stewardship, and land management. 

The NPCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in the Province of Ontario and manages 41 Conservation Areas within the Niagara Peninsula watershed held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. These natural and shared greenspaces marry nature, culture, and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery. 

For more information about the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, visit www.npca.caFollow on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more updates.

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