New Scanlon Creek Nature Centre Could Help Further Reconnect Us To Nature

$6.5m facility Could Open Its Doors in 2022

A local conservancy is crowing about an upcoming project.

Representatives of the Lake Simcoe Regional Conservation Authority (LSRCA) were at Barrie City Hall on Monday night, to present the new Nature Centre coming to the Scanlon Creek Conservation Area north of Bradford West Gwillimbury. The new facility would replace an existing one that has reached end-of-life.

Not only would this new centre help contribute to a healthier Lake Simcoe Watershed through engagement with the community, but it would also promote connecting kids to nature; the LSRCA says the benefits of outdoor education include improving mental and physical health, boosts academic achievements, and shapes future generations who would champion watersheds.

The Nature Centre, expected to hold its grand opening in 2022, will stand with over 8,000 square feet of space, with a capacity for 250, and is expected to attract 15,000 people annually.

It will cost approximately $6.5-$8 million, while funding would come from a mix of private and municipal contributions. About $1.2 million is already raised, with a goal to clear $3 million by 2021.

The City of Barrie is being asked to contribute $150,000 to the project, while no decision has been made.