ReWilding Lake Simcoe
Through ReWilding, experts, citizens, community groups and diverse partners are discovering new ways of helping people enhance their own lives as they help the lake and watercourses. The project is inspiring communities, neighbourhoods, and municipalities to rethink their futures through the redesign of unique outdoor spaces that foster the thriving of both people, nature and Lake Simcoe:
- Innovations in citizen/expert engagement enable people to reimagine their lives in a 21st C context and demonstrate how a partnership between people and nature can help them realize these dreams.
- Transformational designs provide spaces with new purpose as well as innovations in Low Impact Development, stormwater management and aquatic habitat.
- Experimentation with new approaches measure complex changes in both people and nature.
In 2011, ReWilding Keswick Creeks explored the ReWild™ premise through four small on the ground projects. Based on pilot results, in 2013, 15 other groups became partners in ReWilding Lake Simcoe, a $1.6 million four–year initiative with $1.1 million in Lake Simcoe Southeastern Georgian Bay Clean Up Fund (LSSGBCUF) support.
Where We Are Now
ReWilding’s initial demonstration project – Pine Beach Park in Keswick – has completed its construction phase. Engagement activity is focussed on re-integrating the new shoreline park space into the broader community. Evolution of a comprehensive set of measurement tools to register impact, economically, socially and environmentally is ongoing.