The MP 51-1 Natural Heritage System was developed out of the Mount Pleasant secondary plan and the intention to create a “green coast”. The creation and enhancement of a connection of existing and new green spaces was developed through an Environmental Impact Report, which included the connection of grassland and woodland channels, wetlands, woodland areas, thickets, stormwater management ponds and neighbourhood parks and also involved the relocation of East Huttonville Creek.
The NHS area is redside dace habitat and so the intention for restoration was to create habitats attractive to this specie and other significant ones. The redside dace is one of Ontario’s endangered species. Other animals the NHS will attract include: owls; birds; turtles and frogs.
Channel features were designed and developed by NHS ecologists to create attractive habitats for animals. Each of these creates small nooks and spaces and habitats for animals to hide and bask such as frogs, toads and salamanders.
The NHS also consists of a series of trails, bridges and signage. The natural area will be utilized by the residents of the surrounding neighbourhoods. There are 5 pedestrian bridges within the NHS, over 5km of trails and many signs including wayfinding and interpretive signs.
As part of the trail network, the treatment of the interface between public and natural features was important. Trailhead interfaces were designed on an individual basis, these include: trail marker walls; identification signs; wayfinding signs; trash receptables; concrete aprons and concrete aprons. A wildlife barrier was designed to attach to the proposed traffic guardrail to keep animals within the NHS and avoid road kill and unsafe access into the NHS.
Brampton, Ontario, Canada