Outdoor greenery and leafs changing colour around a road
Outdoor greenery and leafs changing colour around a road

03.16.2020

NPCA ANNOUNCES CONSERVATION AREA FACILITIES CLOSED TO PUBLIC

Under guidance from local Public Health authorities and considering the well-being of our staff, volunteers, and stakeholders around the COVID-19 pandemic, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is responding with some changes in operations, facility closures, and cancellation of events and programming.

As of March 16, NPCA conservation areas will be accessible for passive recreation activities only, which may include hiking and birdwatching. Access to nature and greenspace is important for community health and wellbeing, and this is an important service the NPCA provides to the community. During this difficult time, taking advantage of natural green spaces in ways of independent walks, hikes with immediate family, or nature photography, is encouraged. 

All on-site facilities including washrooms, buildings, visitor centres, gatehouses, the Centre for Conservation at Ball’s Falls, and Welland Head Office will be closed to the public until further notice.

Over the upcoming spring months, NPCA events, rentals and park openings will move forward as planned until further notice. Changes to any events and/or services will be made as the scheduled dates approach or new information is provided by the Federal Government.

The NPCA is continually monitoring this public health situation and will undertake the recommendations of public health officials and our conservation partners.

As the NPCA Welland Head Office is currently closed to the public, please refer to npca.ca/contact and staff directory should you need to get in touch with specific staff members.

For continuous updates, please check www.npca.ca/our-voice and follow on Facebook and Twitter @NPCA_Ontario. 

For questions or concerns regarding conservation area services, please contact Alicia Powell, Manager of Conservation Area Services at apowell@npca.ca.

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About NPCA:

The NPCA manages the impact of human activities, urban growth, and rural activities on the Niagara Peninsula watershed with programs and services that help keep people and their property safe from flooding and erosion, while retaining the safety of our drinking water.

NPCA manages 42 Conservation Areas, including Ball’s Falls, Binbrook, Long Beach and Chippawa Creek. These lands are held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. NPCA’s Conservation Areas marry nature, culture and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery.

Questions from the media related to the above release should be directed to:
Erika Navarro, Communications Specialist
905.788.3135 ext.262
Mobile: 905-650-4027
enavarro@npca.ca