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Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Letter: More examples of NOTL’s dwindling green space

Dear editor:

While playing at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club last week I was dismayed to see a big, beautiful, healthy maple tree being cut down.

We approached the workers who told us all the trees were being cut down to make way for a road to the fort. (There we already several trees down in the gully). The location of this is beside the seventh green and behind the eighth tee box (pictured).

Apparently Parks Canada is building a walkway to Fort Mississauga for more visitors (how many visitors to that fort do they really get in the first place?).

From a safety perspective, this could pose a danger to these tourists walking behind two of the greens on the course’s perimeter, not to mention how to stop them from coming onto the course.

But more than that, one of the sad things to me is that when we were on the first green, which also backs onto this green space, we saw a red fox run past and into these woods. These woods could be their home.

Then today, while on a walk, I saw a large sign that has been erected in Chautauqua on the corner of William and Circle streets for a “proposed subdivision.” Niagara-on-the-Lake was a small, unique town full of charm. That is why we live here. We are losing this charm and becoming a series of subdivisions.

This subdivision’s location is one of the last wooded areas in town, an area that is home to deer, red foxes and coyotes, to name a few. This is their home as well as ours.

Who is supposed to protect them and preserve our ever dwindling greenspace? We are losing so much of this green space around town, and destroying more natural habitats of our wildlife needlessly. Do we really need to destroy this land for more homes?

I can’t be the only one who feels this way. Do we wait until it’s all gone before we decide we made a mistake?

Cathy Rye

NOTL