Valleys 2000, abiding by standards defined by DFO (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), MNR (the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry), CLOCA (Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority), and the Municipality, will work exclusively with the Municipality to build a strategic vision to develop, enhance, promote and preserve; trails, river bank improvements, informational signage, fish and wildlife habitat and special natural areas along parts of the Bowmanville and Soper Creek Valleys in any works it undertakes.

Valleys 2000 furthers the development of the hiking trails and the living outdoor activity area within the Bowmanville and Soper Creek Valley, which are river valleys running through the heart of Bowmanville, Ontario.

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Earth Day Clean Up
Earth Day Clean UpJoin us for a day of community camaraderie and environmental stewardship at our Earth Day Clean-Up Event! Let’s unite for a cleaner, greener environment! [...] Read more...
Clarington’s Park, Recreation and Culture Master Plan
Clarington’s Park, Recreation and Culture Master PlanThe Municipality of Clarington is asking residents to share their input on municipal parks, recreation and culture to help shape a vision for the future. Community involvement is vital to the success of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan. It will be informed by feedback from residents, stakeholders, staff and other key partners. Clarington is inviting members of the community to share their feedback in the online survey for a chance to win a prize, including an Apple Watch, an annual swim/skate membership, and Clarington swag. Share your priorities for the future including trails and the redevelopment of the former Bowmanville Zoo lands. TAKE THE SURVEY: [...] Read more...
Valleys 2000 shares bold vision for former Bowmanville Zoo lands
Valleys 2000 shares bold vision for former Bowmanville Zoo landsValleys 2000–the local non-profit group dedicated to protecting and promoting green space in Bowmanville–is sharing its vision for a signature public park on the former Bowmanville Zoo lands. On April 24, the plan was received by the Municipality of Clarington at a Special Meeting of the Planning and Development Committee. Valleys 2000 hired The Planning Partnership–a leading landscape architect that designed Evergreen Brickworks Park in Toronto–to create a high-level concept for creative use of this space. In the fall of 2022, The Planning Partnership hosted a visioning session (“charette”) with Valleys 2000 board members, municipal staff and community leaders, including representatives from Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, which helped inform the proposed plan. “Many of us have fond memories of The Bowmanville Zoo. When 34 acres of these lands were given to the Municipality of Clarington for public use, we saw an opportunity to help create a bold and ambitious vision for a municipal park that will attract residents from across Clarington and beyond,” said Ron Strike, President of Valleys 2000. “Our vision for this space will honour the history of the lands, protect the natural environment, expand Bowmanville’s trail system, and create new cultural and community spaces for everyone to enjoy.”   Key features of the design vision include: Community and cultural components: including a natural amphitheater for outdoor performance space, recreation and playground spaces, picnic areas and public art honouring the legacy of the Bowmanville Zoo. Educational elements: including outdoor classrooms and a community demonstration garden area for ecology and urban agriculture. Natural features: with a focus on protecting and enhancing Soper Creek’s ecological health, the plan also includes ponds, meadows and woodlands to provide habitat and protection for birds, pollinators, fish and other wildlife. Trails: providing important connections both within the park and as part of the larger Soper Creek Trail system, contributing to Valleys 2000’s vision for a Resilient Circle of Green. View the full Bowmanville Zoo Land Park Concept Report. Valleys 2000 would like to thank all the community partners who contributed to this vision; especially the Municipality of Clarington for working collaboratively on this unique approach to public lands development. As part of its proposed Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the Municipality of Clarington’s next phase of planning will assess the feasibility, scope, costing, and phasing of implementation. Note that the concept is a vision – not a final approved plan – and additional planning and community consultation will take place. Valleys 2000 has committed to fundraise to support the park’s development through donations, corporate sponsorships, and exploring the possibilities for provincial and federal grants and funding. Visit to learn more. [...] Read more...

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