Ottawa has signaled its strongest intention to date to create a national urban park at Ojibway Shores.
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change has listed Windsor as one of seven communities being considered for a national urban park.
These plans would designate the Ojibway Prairie complex as a national urban park and consolidate lands owned by the Windsor Port Authority.
Port Windsor initially obtained property along the Detroit River from the city of Windsor for the development of an industrial port in exchange for land at Rendezvous Shores.
President and CEO Steve Salmons said the discovery of several endangered species on the property derailed that plan.
He tells The Afternoon News that the authority is supporting an urban park and will continue to work on another land swap with the city.
“We have a mandate and a desire to see economic development and job creation and we don’t think these are at odds,” he said. “The solution is to identify another property to replace the Ojibway Shores property and the Ojibway Shores property should rightly be incorporated into the Ojibway Prairie complex. “
Salmons says Port Windsor supports any movement that preserves the land, but must find a waterfront property to replace it.
“It was actually the Port Authority that funded and supported a public review a decade ago and announced a development freeze before entering into discussions with the City of Windsor to swap land,” he says. . “I think we are still on the right track to the right destination.”
Finding waterfront property for economic development will be difficult, according to Salmons.
“The creation of urban parks has put a new wrinkle in the fold, but with good will, good intentions and creative minds, we will all find a solution for now,” he added.
Almost $ 131 million has been spent on the creation of urban national parks.
Parks in the Meewasin Valley in Saskatoon as well as areas in Winnipeg and Halifax are also being considered.