Update (Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2020): After a number of readers reached out to us, we have confirmed with the City of Kingston and Frontenac County that both the K&P Trail and the Waterfront Trail are not closed to the public at this time. Additionally, the City of Kingston is reminding residents that, while City parks are closed, residents are allowed to walk, jog, or run through the parks during these closures.
To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Cataraqui Regional Conservation Authority has broaden its steps during the current state of emergency to include the closure of all conservation areas.
Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2020, all conservation areas and trails owned by Cataraqui Conservation will be closed to the public until further notice. The closures include two Lake Ontario boat ramps, Hay Bay in the Town of Greater Napanee and Henry St. in the City of Brockville, in line with other closures in those municipalities. Inland lake boat ramps and water access points will remain open at this time, Cataraqui Conservation said in a press release on Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2020.
The Conservation Authority said it is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Ontario closely and working with local municipalities, public health officials, and the community to “flatten the curve.” The decision to close its trails and properties was made after “staff observed a significant increase in visitor traffic to our conservation areas. While many visitors have respected physical distancing measures, staff have observed and the public has reported concerns that some visitors are disregarding these protocols and gathering in groups larger than the provincially-mandated five individuals,” Caratraqui Conservation said.
“The next several weeks are critical. We encourage residents to stay at home and practice social distancing,” said Katrina Furlanetto, General Manager of Cataraqui Regional Conservation Authority.“We sincerely hope that by taking these steps now, everyone can get back to enjoying these properties, trails and facilities as soon as possible.”
As such, the following conservation areas will be closed as of Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2020:
- Cataraqui Trail (Strathcona to Smiths Falls)
- Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (City of Kingston)
- Lemoine Point Conservation Area (City of Kingston)
- Gould Lake Conservation Area (Township of South Frontenac)
- Lyn Valley Conservation Area (Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley)
- Mac Johnson Wildlife Area (Elizabethtown-Kitley & City of Brockville)
- Marble Rock Conservation Area (Township of Leeds & the Thousand Islands)
- Marshlands Conservation Area (City of Kingston)
- Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area (Loyalist Township)
All public events are Cataraqui Conservation Areas have been cancelled, and the following closures currently in place have been extended to May 4, 2020:
- The Cataraqui Conservation Administration Office (1641 Perth Road, Kingston) is remaining closed to the public until May 4. Staff will still be available during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. by telephone or email.
- The Outdoor Centre at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area and the Nature Centre at the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area in Brockville remain closed to the general public until May 4. This includes all education and weekend programs.
Programs and services, including Cataraqui Conservation’s flood forecasting and warning, dam operations and planning and permitting remain active, with staff available by telephone or email.