OTF grant and over 3,000 hours of volunteer labour allow HCA to reopen Tiffany Falls
June 14, 2007
Hamilton - A grant of $32,800 and volunteers from the Bruce Trail Association, the Rotary Club of Ancaster and members of the community donating over 3,000 hours of their time has allowed the Hamilton Conservation Authority to reopen the Tiffany Falls Conservation Area.
HCA collaborated with the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club and the Rotary Club of Ancaster to enhance access within the Tiffany Falls Conservation Area and on the Bruce Trail that connects Tiffany Falls and Sherman Falls. The Hamilton Conservation Foundation received a grant of $32,800 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to financially support this project.
An official reopening was held today at the conservation area with Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot, Ontario Trillium Foundation representative Kate Bursey, Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Ward 12 Councillor Lloyd Ferguson, Bill Dawson, President of the Rotary Club of Ancaster, and Bill Fulton, President of the Iroquioa Bruce Trail Association. A short hike of the new and upgraded trails was followed by a reception at the Ancaster Old Mill.
"This is another great partnership focusing on highlighting this magnificent natural resource," said MPP McMeekin.
Tiffany Falls Conservation Area was closed in the spring of 2005 after a major storm and subsequent landslide cut off trail access and left the site unsafe. The work to reopen the area was extensive and included upgrading 310 metres of existing trail, creating 90 metres of new trail, upgrading 1,000 metres of the Bruce Trail, including steps and a handrailing, and building and installing two new bridges and a viewing platform at the falls. The work was especially difficult as all building materials and equipment had to be carried in to the worksite.
This project would not have been carried out without the generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the extensive donation of time from the Bruce Trail Association, the Rotary Club of Ancaster and the community. Because of their efforts, visitors can now enjoy year-round access on a 400-meter trail from the parking lot to the falls' viewing platform and a 1,000-meter trail link along the Bruce Trail to Sherman Falls and the Dundas Valley Conservation Area.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, receives funds from the government's charity casino initiative. The Foundation allocates grants to eligible charitable and not-for-profit organizations in the arts and culture, environment, human and social services and sports and recreation sectors. For more information, please visit www.trilliumfoundation.org.
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