Rockway Conservation Area Enhancement Project

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Rockway Conservation Area is NOW OPEN for public access following the completion of various enhancements which began in summer 2023!


The NPCA is pleased to announce that Rockway Conservation Area has been enhanced to improve public safety, accessibility and the overall visitor experience at this protected natural area in Lincoln.

Rockway Conservation Area (Rockway) is considered one of the Niagara Peninsula watershed’s hidden gems, as it is part of the Niagara Escarpment, with significant ecological features, flora, fauna, and recreational assets.

In 2022, NPCA acquired a 1.2-acre property adjacent to Rockway, on the north side of Regional Road 69. This acquisition allowed NPCA to improve Rockway’s access to greenspace and offer more opportunities for people to connect with nature.

Through the Rockway Conservation Area Enhancement Project;

  • A new permeable paving stone parking lot was installed to provide better access.
    • This improved feature also functions to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff leaving the site, improves the quality of that stormwater runoff, and serves to enhance the local groundwater regime.
  • Tree canopy and greenspace were increased, and a Rain Garden will now help store, treat, and infiltrate stormwater runoff from the adjacent parking lot.
  • Bicycle racks, safety fencing, new lookout and seating areas, and a granular accessible trail are now available for all to enjoy nature and the unique views of the Niagara Escarpment safely.

Additional enhancements will be completed in the coming months, including;

  • New trail system and wayfinding to complement the Bruce Trail
  • Interpretive and educational signage
  • Installation of EV Stations

To ensure the responsible year-round management of the protected area for public access and enjoyment, NPCA plans to introduce automated gates for paid parking at the site in Spring 2024. Rockway will always remain free to access for walk-up visitors and users that access the site by bike or other modes of active transportation. Free Park Passes are also available through local libraries. In the interim and while plans continue to be developed, the site can be accessed at no-cost.


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.

Through this Get Involved NPCA portal, 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 Rockway Conservation Area and the enhancement project by reviewing the documents available under Important Links and Documents.
2. Leave a comment or ask a question through the 'Q&A' tool available below.
3. Attend the public information session in November 23, 2022. Find details under 'Key Dates'.


Rockway Conservation Area is NOW OPEN for public access following the completion of various enhancements which began in summer 2023!


The NPCA is pleased to announce that Rockway Conservation Area has been enhanced to improve public safety, accessibility and the overall visitor experience at this protected natural area in Lincoln.

Rockway Conservation Area (Rockway) is considered one of the Niagara Peninsula watershed’s hidden gems, as it is part of the Niagara Escarpment, with significant ecological features, flora, fauna, and recreational assets.

In 2022, NPCA acquired a 1.2-acre property adjacent to Rockway, on the north side of Regional Road 69. This acquisition allowed NPCA to improve Rockway’s access to greenspace and offer more opportunities for people to connect with nature.

Through the Rockway Conservation Area Enhancement Project;

  • A new permeable paving stone parking lot was installed to provide better access.
    • This improved feature also functions to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff leaving the site, improves the quality of that stormwater runoff, and serves to enhance the local groundwater regime.
  • Tree canopy and greenspace were increased, and a Rain Garden will now help store, treat, and infiltrate stormwater runoff from the adjacent parking lot.
  • Bicycle racks, safety fencing, new lookout and seating areas, and a granular accessible trail are now available for all to enjoy nature and the unique views of the Niagara Escarpment safely.

Additional enhancements will be completed in the coming months, including;

  • New trail system and wayfinding to complement the Bruce Trail
  • Interpretive and educational signage
  • Installation of EV Stations

To ensure the responsible year-round management of the protected area for public access and enjoyment, NPCA plans to introduce automated gates for paid parking at the site in Spring 2024. Rockway will always remain free to access for walk-up visitors and users that access the site by bike or other modes of active transportation. Free Park Passes are also available through local libraries. In the interim and while plans continue to be developed, the site can be accessed at no-cost.


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.

Through this Get Involved NPCA portal, 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 Rockway Conservation Area and the enhancement project by reviewing the documents available under Important Links and Documents.
2. Leave a comment or ask a question through the 'Q&A' tool available below.
3. Attend the public information session in November 23, 2022. Find details under 'Key Dates'.

Ask a question!

Thank you for taking the time to ask questions. If your correspondence requires a response, our team will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Please note that a response will be provided through this same portal and may be answered privately or publicly for others to see. If you wish to have your question responded to privately, kindly state this in your message. 

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Page last updated: 22 Dec 2023, 03:58 PM