Category Archives: Port Credit

Respect City Parks and Commonly Used Spaces by Following the Rules

Summer has officially arrived. With the warm weather and park amenities slowly reopening, it’s important that we continue to work together to protect Mississauga’s green spaces and parks beautiful. Parks are shared community spaces, so we need to do our part and be courteous and respectful when using them.

Here are a few ways your actions can help keep parks and trails enjoyable for everyone.

Throw your trash out

Litter doesn’t belong on the ground. Throw your garbage, dog waste, recycling, disposable masks and gloves in the appropriate bins – black bin for waste, blue bin for recycling. You can put your dog waste in the waste container or the green dog waste container if your local park has one. If the bin is full, please take it with you to throw out at home. 

Illegal dumping has spiked in Mississauga especially in the parks with the onset of COVID-19. Please don’t dump household waste, bicycles, construction materials or furniture in the parks. If you encounter illegally-dumped waste, or full waste bins, report it to 311 or call 905-615-4311 outside city limits.

Leave wildlife and nature alone

It might be tempting to feed the wild animals at the park like the ducks, squirrels or chipmunks; however, doing this can disrupt their natural foraging behaviors and make them sick. Feeding wild animals can also make them dependant on humans and it can potentially make them more aggressive towards humans. It’s best to leave wildlife alone, especially since feeding wildlife is prohibited under the Animal Care and Control By-law.

Additionally, you can respect your environment including plants or trees in the park by not picking flowers from the plants or bark from the trees.

Stay on the trails and keep your furry friends leashed

If you’re at a park, stay on the trails and don’t make your own path through the wooded areas. This keeps you safe from wildlife and keeps wildlife habitats and natural environments intact. 

Remember, dogs must be kept on leashes while at the park or on a trail unless you’re in a leash-free zone. Mississauga has eight leash-free zones where your four-legged friends can roam free. It’s important that you always pick up after your dog.

Follow COVID-19 safety guidelines in parks

If you visit one of Mississauga’s parks, remember to maintain physical distance from others not in your group. It’s also important to respect all park amenity closures that are still in place, which includes playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment.

For more information about the City of Mississauga’s parks, visit Mississauga.ca/parks.

Spring Safety Message: Be Careful Near Waterways

Hazardous conditions on and around bodies of water

Credit Valley Conservation reminds residents there are dangers near all waterways and bodies of water this time of year. They urge people to keep family and pets away from any water’s edge.

While the Credit River watershed received a typical amount of snow this winter, warmer temperatures and heavy rainfall in January and February has caused early snowmelt. As a result, the ground is saturated in many places. In periods of intense rain, there could be a higher amount of runoff in much shorter times than usual. Also, slippery, unstable streambanks and extremely cold water can lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water.

Be safe this spring and remember these tips:

  • Keep family and pets away from all bodies of water
  • Avoid all recreational activities in or around water
  • Where you can, move objects such as chairs or benches away from the water’s edge and carefully secure all watercraft to avoid losing them during the spring high water

About Credit Valley Conservation’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Program

Credit Valley Conservation operates a flood forecasting and warning program to reduce loss of life and risk of property damage from flooding.

When flooding is possible or about to occur, Credit Valley Conservation issues flood messages to municipal emergency management officials, emergency medical services, school boards, police and the media. Municipal officials then take action to warn local residents and respond in emergency situations.

Track water levels, precipitation and other environmental conditions in the Credit River watershed in real-time.

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. Our watershed is defined by the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drain into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

City Refreshes Waterfront Parks Strategy

The City of Mississauga has refreshed its Waterfront Parks Strategy, outlining a 25-year vision for City parks along Mississauga’s 22 kilometres (km) of waterfront along Lake Ontario. The strategy promotes the protection and enhancement of the City’s waterfront while providing public access along the water’s edge and opportunities for recreation, tourism and economic development. The proposed infrastructure improvements will maintain and strengthen the City’s historical connection to Lake Ontario.

“For decades, a large part of Mississauga’s waterfront was a hub for heavy industry with limited access for the public. Over the years we’ve worked to build parks and create public spaces for everyone to enjoy. Our work is only just beginning. This 25-year strategy aims to further reclaim our waterfront and ensure it remains accessible to residents for generations to come,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “People are drawn to the water and Mississauga is in the envious position of having 22 kilometres of shoreline. It’s important we not only protect this precious resource, but also promote it. We will do this by seamlessly connecting our existing and new parks with a continuous waterfront trail that connects to our neighbours, and ensuring that all future development prioritizes access to the water.”

The vision of the strategy is Life Thrives at the Water, which captures the spirit of how the waterfront influences the well-being of all the communities and ecosystem along the lake edge. The refresh builds on the 2008 strategy and addresses current planning trends and intensification along Mississauga’s waterfront. As well, the strategy supports the Cycling Master Plan by recommending the implementation of north/ south cycling connections to Lakeshore Road and beyond with paths linking to Toronto and Oakville, and the waterfront trail closer to the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Crombie added, “As a key commercial area for the City, Mississauga’s waterfront redevelopment will drive tourism, foster innovation, attract new business and boost economic growth. Our goal is to ensure our waterfront is a walkable, accessible, transit and cycling-friendly community where people can meet and connect and where businesses can prosper and thrive.”

Port Credit Harbour

The refreshed strategy builds upon the City’s successes along the waterfront and provides a planning framework to address:

·        Climate change

·        Intensification and brownfield development along the waterfront

·        The desire to create an enlivened water’s edge with increased public access and water-based recreation (e.g. boating, paddling, fishing and swimming)

·        Increased use of the waterfront by a diverse population in balance with natural heritage goals

·        Tourism in balance with local community needs

“The strategy provides a comprehensive plan to preserve, protect and enhance the waterfront park system for present and future generations,” said Jodi Robillos, Director, Parks, Forestry and Environment. “Each waterfront park has its own character and provides a unique waterfront experience that includes different views of the lake, trail use, nature and heritage appreciation as well as special programs.”

The most significant changes for the 2019 refresh include new parkland, as well as a new large naturalized landscape created as part of the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area.

Robillos added, “The implementation and funding of initiatives for the strategy will be subject to approval through the annual budget and business planning process.”

The City’s Refreshed Waterfront Parks Strategy Plan is set to go to Council for final approval on February 5. For more information about the project, visit mississauga.ca/portal/residents/parks-waterfront-parks-strategy.