Province adding Clarington’s Darlington Park to Greenbelt


Published July 26, 2021 at 5:40 pm


The Ontario government is adding Darlington Provincial Park to the Greenbelt, a broad band of protected land that currently includes over 800,000 hectares of land in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

The 500-acre park, which is located in Clarington – right on the border with Oshawa – will be added to Oshawa’s Harmony and Farewell Creek Urban River Valley, connecting it to Lake Ontario.

The proposal to add the park came from the Municipality of Clarington, the City of Oshawa, the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, and Conservation Ontario following public consultation and engagement with Indigenous communities.

“We heard tremendous community support for adding Darlington Provincial Park to the Greenbelt in our first consultation,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This shows how important the water systems in and around Darlington Provincial Park are to the local communities.”

This fall, the government will consult with the public and engage with Indigenous communities on maps showing land that could be added to the Greenbelt, including Darlington Provincial Park, other urban river valleys and a draft Paris Galt Moraine boundary.

The Growing the Greenbelt consultations could result in the largest expansion of the Greenbelt since its creation in 2005.
Clark announced recently that he is adding two acres of protected and enhanced greenspace for every acre of land developed through the use of a Minister’s Zoning Order.

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