2 old pits could be transformed into new parks in Caledon

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Published April 11, 2024 at 2:38 pm

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Caledon and surrounding areas could enjoy two new parks in the future.

A new project aims to ecologically restore two former aggregate sites in Caledon — Pinchin Pit and Flaherty West Pit, which is part of Charles Sauriol Conservation Area, said Credit Valley Conservation in a post today (April 11).

“Our goal is to transform these properties into future Credit Valley Parks,” the post reads.

Credit Valley Conservation is partnering with the Region of Peel on the project and is looking at the technical, environmental, economic and social feasibility of importing clean excess soil to the pits.

“Over time, we’ll transform the landscape and create forest and grassland habitats and provide the community a new built greenspace to explore nature-based recreation opportunities,” the post reads.

A similar project in Mississauga is transforming an industrial area at the waterfront in Lakeview into a 26-hectare waterfront conservation area with approximately 1.5 million cubic metres of excess soil.

This new park, the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area, is expected to open in 2026.

It is hoped the same will happen with the Caledon pits.

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But this will take time — Credit Valley Conservation estimates it will take between five to seven years to import the excess soil while progressively planting and creating the future forest and grassland habitats.

People can learn more about this project at the first “Pits to Parks Open House” on Thursday, April 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Alton Legion, 1267 Queen St. W.

To register for the open house or to learn more about the project, see the Credit Valley Conservation page here.

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