Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens getting a $2.2-million upgrade

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Burlington, Ontario, has secured joint funding for improvements and repairs that will boost accessibility at the national historic site.

Canada is investing $908,000 through the community, culture and recreation infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada plan, and Ontario is giving more than $756,000. The RBG will contribute upwards of $605,000.

Project work at Canada’s largest botanical garden will involve reconstructing a boathouse, a viewing platform and boardwalk, repairing nature trails and garden paths, and installing an entry gate for the Hendrie Valley Trails. Improvements also include enlarging the Rock Trail parking lot and making it more accessible, and updating wayfinding signage and audio units to adhere to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

“Royal Botanical Gardens is committed to providing a safe destination for people from all walks of life to immerse themselves in diverse outdoor experiences and inspiring landscapes,” RBG CEO Nancy Rowland said in a press release. “The initiative announced today will facilitate accessibility improvements that strengthen this commitment, allowing RBG to welcome even more people looking to make a special connection to the natural world.”

The federal government’s Investing in Canada plan earmarked more than $180 billion over 12 years for public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and rural and northern communities.

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