Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

Hatfield calls for national urban park in Windsor-Essex

Published on November 18, 2021

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Percy Hatfield (Windsor-Tecumseh), in a statement to the Ontario legislature on Wednesday, has called on the provincial government to join the federal government and the City of Windsor to create a National Urban Park in west Windsor:
“Ontario owns and manages the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Preserve, 230 acres that are the largest protected remnant of native prairie in Ontario. At one time, parts of this great province were home to grand stretches of tall grass prairies and savannas. This nature preserve is needed for a natural patchwork quilt connecting other pockets of natural areas close to our new international border crossing the Gordie Howe Bridge.
When we put this together, we’ll have about 900 acres, starting along the Detroit River and connecting Ojibway Shores, the Ojibway Tom Joy Woods, the Spring Garden Natural Area, Black Oak Heritage Park – along the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Preserve – and the Oakwood Bush, now linked by a wildlife corridor across the Herb Gray Parkway, which connects to the Gordie Howe Bridge.
This concept has been around for 20 years. The Essex Region Conservation Authority – and all of the area’s natural heritage and environmental groups – are in favour of this project. What we need from the province is no different from what was required when the Rouge National Urban Park was established in Toronto six years ago. We need the province to work out a deal with Ottawa, and create the Ojibway National Urban Park.”