Over the summer of 2012, Parks Canada Agency conducted an extensive public engagement program on the concept for Rouge National Urban Park.
On June 25, 2012 the public engagement process kicked off with a busy schedule of events and information sessions. Parks Canada staff were on hand to discuss the Rouge National Urban Park concept and to encourage people to provide their comments through the online survey. Over 20 events were held both in and around the park including, the Cedarena fundraiser, Junior Jays game, Farmers Market at the Brickworks, The Guild Alive with Arts and Culture Festival, Senior's Breakfast, Tour de Rouge Cycling Event and Port Union Waterfront Festival. Three public information sessions were hosted at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, the Markham Museum and the City of Pickering Council Chambers. The three sessions were well attended with an average attendance of 100 interested citizens. Parks Canada staff interacted with more than 3,800 people during the community events and stakeholder meetings. The survey garnered 2,627 responses. The Rouge email account received 30 emails, including 17 submissions from non-governmental organizations, representing a range of interests from agriculture to environmental groups to trail advocates.
This report summarizes the results of the public engagement program in terms of "what we heard."
Parks Canada staff members interact with the public at several events in the Greater Toronto Area.