The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has temporarily closed some of their parks over bad behaviour by a number of visitors. The following is from the GRCA.
Over the past few weeks, several Grand River Parks have experienced significant challenges with the number of visitors in attendance. In addition, some visitors are not following rules and are disregarding provincial guidelines established to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Beyond people not respecting area closures, congregating in large groups and not practicing appropriate physical distancing measures, a considerable amount of garbage and other waste is being left throughout the parks and natural areas.
It has also been noted that some people are accessing the conservation areas without paying the standard entrance fees. While it is often thought that the GRCA’s Grand River Parks are funded through tax dollars, this is not the case. These areas are able to operate only on the funds they receive through gate access fees, camping revenue, and pay-for-use items like canoe and kayak rentals.
All of these challenges have put further strain on the GRCA’s already limited resources. That is why the GRCA has closed Belwood Lake, Elora Gorge, Guelph Lake and Rockwood conservation areas and will reopen them again on Monday, June 15.
Brant, Byng Island, Conestogo Lake, Laurel Creek, Pinehurst Lake and Shade’s Mills conservation areas, as well as Luther Marsh Wildlife Management Area, are not impacted by this temporary closure. However, Elora Quarry Conservation Area remains closed until further notice.
For more information on this closure and any impact on additional services please see the GRCA website.