Action Alert: Support mountain bike access in the Rouge National Urban Park
Parks Canada is building a "people's park" in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, and they are asking for YOUR involvement.
Historically mountain biking has been prohibited in the Rouge Park. In the last 10 years we've seen increasing efforts to enforce this ban. But this could all change...
Recognizing the potential of Rouge Valley, with its abundance of natural and cultural treasures within easy reach of 20 per cent of the nation’s population, Parks Canada is looking to protect this unique urban space, while at the same time building a “people’s park”; where people can gather, connect, be engaged, and be stewards.
Have your say in this groundbreaking initiative!
Under the new plan, the Rouge Park will change ownership from a mix of municipal owners and land managers to one: Parks Canada. The Rouge Alliance (who previously oversaw the management of the Rouge Park) had no interest in permitting mountain biking, whereas Parks Canada recognizes mountain biking as an acceptable activity within its parks.
IMBA is working internationally to help parks be more relevant to today’s recreating public, especially kids, and we believe that in an urban park like the Rouge, mountain biking is an appropriate activity that is compatible with the other proposed uses.
IMBA Canada and its affiliated clubs have been at the table, representing the interests of mountain bikers in the Rouge for some time, but now we need your help.
Take Action: The public consultation phase for the Rouge National Urban Park has begun. There will be three open houses, and a public survey is available on the Park Canada website. If you live in the GTA, please attend one of the open houses, and have your voice be heard.
This is the opportunity to share YOUR vision for Canada's first National Urban Park.
PLEASE, TAKE ACTION TODAY!
Read more about the Rouge National Urban Park initiative on the Parks Canada website.
Photo courtesy of Parks Canada.
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