FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 7, 2021
NORMANDALE — The Government of Ontario is expanding Ontario Parks by adding Normandale Beach, on the shores of Lake Erie, to Turkey Point Provincial Park.
“As an addition to Turkey Point Provincial Park, our government is ensuring Normandale Beach can continue to be a local favourite for its easy access to Lake Erie for swimming, fishing or enjoying a relaxing day in the sun,” said David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “Clean, green, growth means expanding Ontario’s protected areas and greenspaces, yet another way we’re keeping our commitment to protecting our environment now and for future generations.”
Beginning this summer, the province will conduct a full assessment and evaluation of the site, and will engage with local municipal partners, Indigenous communities, and the public.
“This designation provides us all the opportunity to further discover the historical and natural attributes of this gem on Lake Erie,” said Toby Barrett, MPP for Haldimand-Norfolk. “I am personally quite heartened that people came together to ensure this beach and stream would remain in public hands. This success is due to those, past and present, who always knew the value of this property.”
The government of Ontario is committed to providing families with more opportunities to get outside and enjoy more time in nature, including exploring opportunities to improve access to provincial parks throughout the province and expanding protected areas.
- Provincial parks protect important ecosystems, while providing opportunities for outdoor recreation.
- Ontario manages and protects 340 provincial parks and 295 conservation reserves totaling 9.8 million hectares or over 9 per cent of the province.
- Spending time in nature can have a profound positive impact on our health and well-being, lowering the risk of heart attack by 50 per cent, reducing the risk of mental health challenges and helping to combat chronic disease.
For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446 or [email protected]