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A stroll through the former Guelph reformatory lands (17 photos)

Yorklands Green Hub fundraiser encourages people to collect pledges and take a walk

With entertainment options limited during lockdowns, many of the city’s green spaces are busier than ever as people take to the outdoors in search of something to do. 

One of those popular spots is the former Guelph reformatory lands, where there’s been a sharp rise in visitors the past couple of months, said David Alton, development manager for Yorklands Green Hub, which hopes to take advantage of those outdoor adventurers with the We Love Yorklands Walkathon fundraiser.

The event began last month and continues through to May 29.

Visitors to the reformatory lands are encouraged to collect pledges, then complete one or more of the six recommended walking loops, which vary in length from 1.5 km to 11 km.

Along the way, the non-profit organization is looking to raise $10,000 to be put toward the preservation of green space as well as offering a variety of educational community programs.

“We’ve never had a fundraiser this large,” said Alton, noting the group is more than 70 per cent of the way to its goal. “I’m optimistic we will reach our goal.”

The former reformatory lands are owned by the provincial government. Efforts to preserve the area’s cultural heritage are underway in preparation for the eventual sale and potential redevelopment of the property.

Visit here to participate in the walk-a-thon.

The photos above were taken along the 2.2-km "Spur Loop" trail.