Design underway for Gold Point Wildlife Reserve in Oshawa

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Published August 24, 2021 at 1:23 pm

A butterfly garden, a provincially significant wetland and links to the Waterfront Trail are some of the “significant natural heritage” features of a new park being created in Oshawa’s south-west corner.

The Gold Point Wildlife Reserve is currently in the design phase and the City is looking for residential feedback on the “passive recreation destination” at the south-west corner of Stevenson Road and Phillip Murray Avenue.

The Park is immediately south of the General Motors Plant and east of the ball diamonds at Lakeview Park West.

Natural environmental features of the site include Gold Point Coastal Provincially Significant Wetland; GM Creek; and a Migratory Butterfly Stopover Significant Wildlife Habitat.

Some of the amenities already in the works for the park include pathways which connect to Phillip Murray Avenue, Stevenson Road South, and the Waterfront Trail; interpretive nodes providing opportunities to learn about the significant natural heritage of the area; a formal butterfly garden and gathering space; and restoration plantings focusing on improving and expanding the migratory butterfly stopover significant wildlife habitat.

Community members are invited to visit www.oshawa.ca/GoldPoint to review a concept design and virtual presentation and provide their feedback, which will be received until noon on Thursday, September 9.

Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter called the park a “hidden natural jewel,” while Derek Giberson, the Vice-Chair of the Community Services Committee, said the monarch butterflies, which arrive each spring and fall, will be the major attraction.

“Gold Point Wildlife Reserve will be an enhanced greenspace where nature enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy the beauty of these perennial visitors up close in their natural habitat for many generations to come.”

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