Harper Says Federal Government To Expand Rouge National Urban Park

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PICKERING, Ont. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the federal government will more than double its initial contribution to Rouge National Urban Park.

Harper today announced in Pickering, Ontario, that 21 square kilometers will be added to Pickering and Uxbridge Township Park, just east of Toronto.

He says the new lands will increase the park’s boundary by 36%, to 79.5 square kilometers when fully established, making it one of the largest city parks in North America – 19 times the size of Stanley. Park in Vancouver and 22 times the size of Central Park in New York.

The new area includes forests, meadows, streams, streams, important archaeological sites and large tracts of agricultural land.

The government announced its intention to create the park – the first urban national park in Canada – in 2011.

The law creating the park was passed in the House of Commons last January, received Royal Assent in April and came into force in May.

“Today’s announcement will provide greater opportunities for families in the Greater Toronto Area and visitors from coast to coast to coast to enjoy Canada’s great outdoors,” said Harper.

“The expansion of Rouge National Urban Park will also ensure that current and future generations of Canadians remain connected to an important part of Canada’s rich natural and cultural heritage.

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