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Roy Brown Park and Connecting Recreational Pathways Open House
The Town of Carleton Place has been cooperating with the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority to prepare a conceptual plan for Roy Brown Park and the nearby area to provide some guidance to Developers and ensure a recreational pathway system is incorporated into development plans for the area.
Role of MVCA in Recreational Pathways Plan
The primary access to the Mississippi Valley Conservation Centre is via Highway 7, a heavily used main road. The site is not easily accessible to pedestrians, and cyclists from the down town core. The MVCA purchased 5 acres for the new administrative office. Part of the appeal of this site for the office was its proximity to the Mississippi River and the potential for interpretive trail network to connect to the down town core with pedestrian and non-motorized traffic and interpret the wetland and floodplain portion of the site.
The MVCA-initiated trail development would focus on the wetland and wooded area to to provide outreach and education opportunities for environmental protection, habitat, wetland characteristics and the floodplain. A draft concept plan incorporates a two phased project: the first a simple connecting trail through the park to the river; the second a more extensive, boardwalk based trail through the wetland and along the river.
Some watershed management based themes that will be highlighted along the trail are: 1:100 Year Floodplain; Riparian zone/Riparian Forest; Wetland Boundary/Swamp Forest; Seasonal High Water Mark; Mississippi River as Town’s Source Water; Shoreline Buffer; Species Identification; and Roy Brown Park history.
Submit Comments on this Trail Plan here;