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Grand River Conservation parks open, facilities closed

Select parks are open for passive recreation. Events, outdoor education programming cancelled until April 6
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GuelphToday file photo shows deep blue water surrounded by greenery at the Rockwood Conservation Area. Ken Armstrong/GuelphToday

NEWS RELEASE
GRAND RIVER CONSERVATION AUTHORITY
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The Grand River Conservation Authority has been following the COVID-19 pandemic closely and is taking steps to help prevent the spread of infection in our communities in accordance with directions being provided by our local, provincial and federal government and health authorities.

As of March 18, all GRCA offices and facilities within Grand River Parks have been closed to the public until Monday, April 6 to help prevent the possible spread of this virus.

Although GRCA facilities are closed to the public and we are limiting in-person contact, our staff will continue to serve the community over the phone, by email and through our online permit application system. The GRCA’s flood forecasting and warning system will continue without interruption.

The GRCA recognizes the importance of access to nature for community health and well-being. Select Grand River Parks, including Pinehurst Lake, Laurel Creek, Shade's Mills, Rockwood and Guelph Lake remain open for passive recreation, such as walking or bird-watching. Trails are open in these areas, but access may be limited based on spring trail conditions. All on-site facilities, including washrooms, gatehouses and other buildings, will be closed.

All other Grand River Parks are seasonally closed to visitors at this time.

Events and outdoor education programming have been cancelled up to April 6.

The GRCA will continue to monitor developments as well as provincial and local public health recommendations and reassess by April 6, 2020, or as needed.

For updates on GRCA programs and services affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the website.

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