The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario announced joint funding of more than $2 million for improvements and repairs.
The Government of Canada is providing over $908,000 through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan, while the Government of Ontario is providing more than $756,000, and the Royal Botanical Gardens(RBG) is contributing over $605,000 toward the project.
Project work will include reconstructing a boathouse, a viewing platform and boardwalk; repairing nature trails and garden paths; and installing an entry gate for the Hendrie Valley Trails. Improvements also include enlarging the Rock Trail parking lot and making it more accessible and updating wayfinding signage and audio units to adhere to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
“As Canada’s largest botanical garden, the Royal Botanical Gardens provides a place for Canadians to learn, grow, and explore nature,” stated Karina Gould, Minister of International Development and MP for Burlington, on behalf of Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Catherine McKenna. “The improvements announced today will enhance each visitor’s nature experience, and ensure safer, and better access for those with accessibility needs. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”
“As a national historic site, the Royal Botanical Gardens is one of the most visited attractions in the Burlington and Hamilton area,” added Jane McKenna, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development and MPP for Burlington on behalf of Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, Laurie Scott. “The RBG provides visitors with the opportunity to explore the many nature trails and picturesque gardens, while encouraging the preservation and protection of our environment. The improvements made possible by this investment will ensure that everyone can enjoy this natural sanctuary for decades to come.”
Nancy Rowland, CEO of the RBG said they are committed to providing a safe destination for people from all walks of life to immerse themselves in diverse outdoor experiences and inspiring landscapes.
“The initiative announced today will facilitate accessibility improvements that strengthen this commitment, allowing RBG welcome even more people looking to make a special connection to the natural world”