Niagara Parks improving Niagara Parkway, Recreation Trail and more

Residents and visitors can look forward to smoother travels and enhanced safety along Niagara Parkway as Niagara Parks completes several infrastructure projects.

The work includes road resurfacing, break wall repairs, and trail improvements, all aimed at boosting accessibility and protection for the scenic area.

Earlier this month, Niagara Parks completed repairs on the Niagara River Recreation Trail between College Road and Townline Road in Fort Erie.

The trail section, previously plagued by water pooling and deterioration, now offers a safer and more reliable surface for cyclists, runners, and walkers.

In addition to trail repairs, resurfacing work was carried out on Service Roads 2 and 3.

In April, the newly replaced Black Creek Bridge reopened to the public after a winter construction period that necessitated a detour.

One of the most critical projects is the ongoing restoration of the Fort Erie break wall. Using reinforced, stamped concrete designed to replicate the original stones, Niagara Parks aims to fortify the break wall against future weather damage.

The first phase of repairs is complete, with the second phase focusing on the vulnerable area near Mather Arch.

To complement these efforts, a coastal engineering team has been developing an innovative break wall and shoreline protection strategy.

The pilot project involves constructing a stone revetment structure using large, angular stones placed parallel to the shoreline and behind the break wall. This method, successfully used by Parks Canada and the City of Toronto, is expected to significantly reduce water and ice damage, despite not entirely preventing flooding.

Niagara Parks has also been leading an extensive wetland restoration and enhancement project at Gonder’s Flats, a natural area along the Parkway adjacent to the Niagara River.

Credit: Niagara Parks

Initiated in 2014, the project is a collaborative effort with partners such as the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Land Care Niagara, and the Niagara Community Foundation.

Key achievements to date include the removal of eroded asphalt, shoreline restoration, trail upgrades, and the reintroduction of native plant species.

A significant milestone was the excavation of a 1.5-hectare pond and berms, following the removal of dead ash trees and invasive species.

As the restored wetland continues to naturalize over time, it is expected to improve water quality, support local biodiversity, protect species at risk, prevent erosion and flooding, and create new recreational opportunities for the community.

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