Earlier today at the Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site, Regional Chair Jim Bradley along with CAO Ron Tripp, Regional Councillor Tim Rigby, St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik and Thorold Councillor John Kenny held a ceremony to unveil a bench and plaque to commemorate the work of the Glenridge Landfill Liaison Committee.
The Glenridge Landfill Citizens’ Committee was formed by a group of citizens in 1984 as a response to environmental issues attributed to the operation of the Glenridge Quarry Landfill Site. In 1989, this committee was renamed the Glenridge Landfill Liaison Committee and was managed by the City of St. Catharines and then by Niagara Region in 2000. The Glenridge Landfill Liaison Committee included representation from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Niagara Escarpment Commission, citizens residing in the area of the Landfill, St. Catharines City Council and staff, the City of Thorold and Niagara Region.
The Glenridge site was originally a limestone quarry before the City of St. Catharines used the site as an operating municipal landfill from 1976 to 2001. In the 1990s it was determined that a naturalization site with a trail system would replace the landfill once it closed on January 1, 2002.
In April 2002, a visioning session was held with the Glenridge Landfill Liaison Committee to define the role of the naturalization site. It was decided the Glenridge site should be useable public space, to provide a significant benefit to the public and local neighbourhood residents, while prioritizing environmental education. Today, thanks in large part to the vision of the Glenridge Landfill Liaison Committee, the site is a public space to be enjoyed by families, students, environmentalists, walkers, joggers, hikers and bird watchers.
In 2016, the Glenridge Landfill Liaison Committee formally disbanded as the site remains within the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks regulations since the landfill closed.
Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site
The Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site was one of Ontario's first comprehensive ‘Green Sites’. Efforts were made in the design of the site to use natural materials, native flora, and avoiding hard surface paving to promote ground water percolation.
The naturalization site has been recognized with a number of awards, including the prestigious First Place and Gold Award at the International Awards for Liveable Communities in Spain. Additional awards were received from the following organizations:
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