CLARINGTON, ONT. — The Ontario government has announced it intends to add Darlington Provincial Park to the Greenbelt.
The province will undertake public consultation and engagement with Indigenous communities this fall. Upon completion of that step, stated a recent release, the province could start the process of adding Darlington Provincial Park to the Harmony and Farewell Creek Urban River Valley, connecting it to Lake Ontario.
The proposal to add the park came from the Municipality of Clarington, the City of Oshawa, the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority and Conservation Ontario as part of a 60-day consultation process to discuss expanding the Greenbelt last spring.
“We heard tremendous community support for adding Darlington Provincial Park to the Greenbelt in our first consultation,” said Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark in a statement. “This shows how important the water systems in and around Darlington Provincial Park are to the local communities.”
The government has announced it will add two acres of protected greenspace for every acre of land developed through the use of a Minister’s Zoning Order.