WHEREAS Burgess Park is an un-developed, provincially owned area of natural forest and meadows, adjacent to the Thames River in Woodstock which is managed by the City of Woodstock through an agreement with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.

WHEREAS Burgess Park is the one of the last remaining significant natural areas within the historical City boundaries, within walking distance of downtown and most residents, and with a connection to other green and open spaces in the City.

WHEREAS This land is now threatened by the City’s decision to allow a land lease for a golf course expansion on the property.

WHEREAS Since 1946, the mandate of Conservation Authorities in Ontario has been defined in Section 20 of the Provincial Conservation Authorities Act as: "to establish and undertake, in the area in which it has jurisdiction, a program designed to further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources..."

WE the undersigned urge the Board members of the UTRCA to:

Listen to the overwhelming majority of the citizens of Woodstock and surrounding areas. Please protect the integrity of the only significant green space left in our community. Do not allow any of these park and conservation lands to be leased, sold or commercially developed.

The Save Burgess Park petition to UPPER THAMES RIVER CONSERVATION AUTHORITY was written by Friends of Pittock and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.