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Beamer Memorial Conservation Area

UPDATE: NPCA PAUSING BEAMER MEMORIAL CONSERVATION AREA ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is committed to connecting people with nature and responsible visitor use management at our 41 conservation areas across the Niagara Peninsula watershed. Having listened to the public feedback at the July 27, 2023 public information session and acknowledging Grimsby Town Council’s Aug. 8, 2023 request, NPCA will pause its proposed Beamer Memorial Conservation Area Enhancement Project.

The project was intended to improve accessibility and address emerging parking and safety issues at the site. These critical needs will now be rolled into a comprehensive multi-year Management Plan process. The Management Plan will also address a range of issues that have come to light during the first phase of public engagement for this project. Details and timelines for the Management Plan, including public engagement opportunities will be widely shared. At this time, no decisions have been made regarding the timing of the management planning process.

We sincerely thank the public and our valued stakeholders for their early and passionate input, and we encourage those groups to continue to assist NPCA by continuing to be responsible stewards for this cherished conservation area.

There are many ways to support conservation, restoration and education initiatives within the Niagara Peninsula watershed. If you’re able to, we ask that you consider donating to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation, which supports the next-generation “nature for all” conservation work of NPCA to ensure that greenspaces like Beamer are protected and remain accessible to our community and visitors to the watershed.

The Sept. 20, 2023 Virtual Public Open House that was planned for the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area Enhancement Project has been cancelled at this time. To remain updated on this initiative, please continue to follow this online engagement portal. Thank you.

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Welcome to the NPCA's Get Involved portal!

The NPCA has launched a new enhancement project for Beamer Memorial Conservation Area located in Grimsby. This enhancement project supports the NPCA's strategic goal of connecting people to nature by improving services and visitor experiences at NPCA properties. The project will improve the visitor experience through increased parking and new recreational features such as accessible trail systems, wayfinding, board walks, and educational signage.

Beamer Memorial Conservation Area is renowned as the best vantage point in the Niagara Peninsula to observe the annual spring hawk migration. It is part of the internationally designated Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, featuring significant ecological features such as sedimentary rock and prominent cliffs, more than 300 diverse native plant species, and two distinct waterfalls. Beamer Memorial Conservation Area offers one of Niagara’s most breath-taking and panoramic views of the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario.

The Beamer Memorial Conservation Area Enhancement Project includes:

  • New parking area with various Low Impact Development elements
  • New interpretive and educational signage
  • New features to support outdoor recreation
  • Enhancements to support accessibility
  • Automatic access gates

ABOUT THIS PAGE:

This portal will house important documents that all are welcome to review, a project timeline which outlines the steps of this process, and tools for providing feedback. Our goal is to ensure the watershed community remains informed and given opportunities to provide their feedback and get involved.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

1. Learn about Beamer Memorial Conservation Area and the enhancement project by reviewing the documents available under Important Links & Documents.
2. Leave a comment or submit your feedback using the Guestbook. This feedback will be considered by staff throughout the project.
3. Ask us a question through the 'Q&A' tool available below.
4. Attend the public information session on July 27 (in person) or September 20 (virtually). Find details under 'Key Dates'.

UPDATE: NPCA PAUSING BEAMER MEMORIAL CONSERVATION AREA ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is committed to connecting people with nature and responsible visitor use management at our 41 conservation areas across the Niagara Peninsula watershed. Having listened to the public feedback at the July 27, 2023 public information session and acknowledging Grimsby Town Council’s Aug. 8, 2023 request, NPCA will pause its proposed Beamer Memorial Conservation Area Enhancement Project.

The project was intended to improve accessibility and address emerging parking and safety issues at the site. These critical needs will now be rolled into a comprehensive multi-year Management Plan process. The Management Plan will also address a range of issues that have come to light during the first phase of public engagement for this project. Details and timelines for the Management Plan, including public engagement opportunities will be widely shared. At this time, no decisions have been made regarding the timing of the management planning process.

We sincerely thank the public and our valued stakeholders for their early and passionate input, and we encourage those groups to continue to assist NPCA by continuing to be responsible stewards for this cherished conservation area.

There are many ways to support conservation, restoration and education initiatives within the Niagara Peninsula watershed. If you’re able to, we ask that you consider donating to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation, which supports the next-generation “nature for all” conservation work of NPCA to ensure that greenspaces like Beamer are protected and remain accessible to our community and visitors to the watershed.

The Sept. 20, 2023 Virtual Public Open House that was planned for the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area Enhancement Project has been cancelled at this time. To remain updated on this initiative, please continue to follow this online engagement portal. Thank you.

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Welcome to the NPCA's Get Involved portal!

The NPCA has launched a new enhancement project for Beamer Memorial Conservation Area located in Grimsby. This enhancement project supports the NPCA's strategic goal of connecting people to nature by improving services and visitor experiences at NPCA properties. The project will improve the visitor experience through increased parking and new recreational features such as accessible trail systems, wayfinding, board walks, and educational signage.

Beamer Memorial Conservation Area is renowned as the best vantage point in the Niagara Peninsula to observe the annual spring hawk migration. It is part of the internationally designated Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, featuring significant ecological features such as sedimentary rock and prominent cliffs, more than 300 diverse native plant species, and two distinct waterfalls. Beamer Memorial Conservation Area offers one of Niagara’s most breath-taking and panoramic views of the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario.

The Beamer Memorial Conservation Area Enhancement Project includes:

  • New parking area with various Low Impact Development elements
  • New interpretive and educational signage
  • New features to support outdoor recreation
  • Enhancements to support accessibility
  • Automatic access gates

ABOUT THIS PAGE:

This portal will house important documents that all are welcome to review, a project timeline which outlines the steps of this process, and tools for providing feedback. Our goal is to ensure the watershed community remains informed and given opportunities to provide their feedback and get involved.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

1. Learn about Beamer Memorial Conservation Area and the enhancement project by reviewing the documents available under Important Links & Documents.
2. Leave a comment or submit your feedback using the Guestbook. This feedback will be considered by staff throughout the project.
3. Ask us a question through the 'Q&A' tool available below.
4. Attend the public information session on July 27 (in person) or September 20 (virtually). Find details under 'Key Dates'.

Post a comment!

Thank you for taking the time to sign our guestbook with your comment! Your feedback will be reviewed and taken into consideration by the staff working on this project. 

Please note that this tool is anonymous and therefore we will not be responding directly to your comment. Should you wish to ask a question and receive a response from staff, kindly use the Questions tool instead.

We thank all participants and everyone who visited this portal to obtain information!

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Will there be a playground included in these plans? Might be enjoyable for the many children who live in the area or visit. There is a great spot by the parking lot on sawmill rd that would be perfect for a playground

Kj 10 months ago

An in person meeting in Grimsby on September 20 would be more beneficial and productive than a virtual one. Please post some signs around Beamer so more residents are informed about the meeting and can participate in this important topic.

Janice 10 months ago

As someone who does not live in Grimsby and comes back to enjoy this view solely, it would be detrimental to the area in my opinion to either charge for parking, or add automatic gate openings. This paves the way for future possibility of misuse.

Furthermore; I believe the money should be used to significantly improve the washroom facilities, as I never have seen them used. For the last 10 years I have been coming up to enjoy what is one of my favourite hiking spots to get away and think, and I sincerely hope that adding all of these measures ensures the longevity and freedom of being able to come here to appreciate nature for how it is.

Tyler 10 months ago

are you going to charge for parking?

jangrimsby 10 months ago

I would be grateful if you would describe to me the NPCA definition of "outdoor recreation" as it pertains to the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, Thank you in advance. Jean

coombs494 11 months ago

Automatic access gates? Does this mean there will be a cost to access the Conservation Area? Once fees are imposed - some will be unable to enjoy the area.

Jan 11 months ago

This is amazing! Beamer has been one of our favourite parks to go to while the kids were growing up. The dogs love it too! Glad to hear the region is investing in its parks especially such a lovely place such as Beamer.
Hopefully the park will stay as great as it always has been♥️

Hruggiero 11 months ago

Please do not add parking within the conservation area. Rather efforts should be focused on maintaining the current facilities including the bathroom and waste bins.

J 11 months ago

Are you going to have name tags on the trees and maybe add Brail, thus making it an educational trail?

Friend of the 40 11 months ago

Paved or wooden paths/walk ways suitable for wheelchair or walker users to also enjoy this area.

ShirleyJarrett 11 months ago

Wouldn't it be lovely to have paved or wooden walkways that wheelchair and walkers could use to enjoy this facility? You see this type of access in other places & would certainly be apprediated here in Grimsby.

shirleyjarrett 11 months ago

I would suggest adding bunches of red adirondack chairs here and there. As well, I would like to see the stairs made safer and better from the lower part of the trail to the top of the escarpment.

Susan Postill 12 months ago

Oooh automatic access gates. $10 for parking

Yukon 12 months ago