Design underway for Gold Point Wildlife Reserve in Oshawa

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As the City of Oshawa undertakes the design of Gold Point Wildlife Reserve, community members are invited to learn more about the concept design and provide their feedback

Located at the southwest corner of Stevenson Road South and Philip Murray Avenue, Gold Point Wildlife Reserve is being designed as a passive recreational destination which respects and protects the significant natural environmental features of the site, including:

  • accessible pathways with supporting amenities, which connect to Phillip Murray Avenue, Stevenson Road South, and the Waterfront Trail;
  • interpretive nodes providing opportunities to celebrate and respect the significant natural heritage of the area;
  • formal butterfly garden and gathering space; and,
  • restoration plantings focusing on improving and expanding the migratory butterfly stopover significant wildlife habitat.

Community members are invited to visit www.oshawa.ca/GoldPoint to review a concept design and virtual presentation and provide their feedback.

Community members who prefer to provide feedback on paper or in an alternate format are asked to please contact the Project Lead – Alexis Moxley, Parks Project Manager at 905-436-3311 ext. 2322 or by emailing [email protected] 

Feedback will be received until noon on Thursday, September 9, 2021 and will be considered as the design moves forward.

About Gold Point Wildlife Reserve

In June 2021, City Council approved the renaming of lands at the southwest corner of Stevenson Road South and Philip Murray Avenue as Gold Point Wildlife Reserve.

The renaming recognizes the site’s significant environmental features, which include:

  • Gold Point Coastal Provincially Significant Wetland;
  • GM Creek, located within the Gold Point Coastal Provincially Significant Wetland; and,
  • Migratory Butterfly Stopover Significant Wildlife Habitat.

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“Oshawa’s Gold Point Wildlife Reserve promises to be a popular destination for those who appreciate nature, and another fantastic addition to our city’s beautiful parks, trails and greenspaces,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “We are excited to see this design come to life so that more community members can discover and enjoy this hidden natural jewel.”  

“Gold Point Wildlife Reserve is and will be an excellent, local, accessible way for people of all ages to enjoy nature at its best, close up,” said Councillor Rick Kerr, Chair of the Community Services Committee.

“Home to a migratory stopover for monarch butterflies each spring and fall, Gold Point Wildlife Reserve in Oshawa will be an enhanced greenspace where nature enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy the beauty of these perennial visitors up close in their natural habitat for many generations to come,” said Councillor Derek Giberson, Vice-Chair of the Community Services Committee.

“One of my highest priorities as Ward 5 Regional and City Councillor is the preservation of our waterfront green spaces and natural habitat,” said Councillor Brian Nicholson, Ward 5 Regional and City Councillor. “The Gold Point Wildlife Reserve will be an excellent addition to our waterfront and will provide much needed natural habitat in our City.”

“The new Gold Point Wildlife Reserve will serve walkers and nature lovers as we interact with nature,” said Councillor John Gray, Ward 5 City Councillor.





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