Windsor-Essex Residents Learn About Ojibway National Urban Park Project

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Residents of Windsor-Essex learned more about the idea of ​​creating a national urban park on the last undeveloped green space along the shore of the Detroit River.

It was a packed house at the town hall meeting at the Capri Pizzeria Recreational Center in south Windsor on Tuesday evening, as experts discussed the benefits of an Ojibway National Urban Park project to permanently protect the Ojibway shores.

The event was hosted by Windsor West MP Brian Masse with guest members from the Caldwell First Nation, the Wildlands League, Friends of the Red Watershed and Professor John Hartig.

Environmental speakers say Ojibway Shores is home to hundreds of endangered species that depend on migration through surrounding local parks for their survival.

The goal is to merge the 33-acre green space with adjacent properties like the Ojibway Prairie complex to form a nearly 900-acre park.

The land is currently owned by the federal government and is managed by the Windsor Port Authority.

Hartig, a professor at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor, says Ojibway National Urban Park could become one of North America’s “treasures”.

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