Robert Edmondson Conservation Area is the newest member of the Halton Parks family. Formerly known as Burns Conservation Area, this park is a quiet spot which includes a reservoir and picnic area, and features a 2 km trail through wetlands and woods.
Earlier this summer, a small dedication ceremony was held with Robert (Bob) Edmondson and his family to formally change the name from Burns to Robert Edmondson Conservation Area. Edmondson worked with Conservation Halton for 38 years, starting his career as a biologist in 1974 and retiring as the director, watershed management services at the end of 2012.
At the ceremony Edmondson commented, “I would like to thank you for this unbelievable honour which my family and I will cherish. This has always been one of my favourite conservation areas and I have many fond memories from this park.”
“For years Burns has been one of Conservation Halton’s hidden gems and from this point forward, we’re hoping to change that perception,” said Gene Matthews, Director Conservation Lands. “By adding Robert Edmondson Conservation Area to our family of primary parks, we hope to raise its profile and encourage more people to visit and enjoy the recreational opportunities.”
The Robert Edmondson Conservation Area is now one of Conservation Halton’s seven primary conservation areas along with Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Kelso, Mount Nemo, Mountsberg, and Rattlesnake Point. It offers the opportunity for visitors to fish, hike and have a picnic. It is a great place to find inner peace and tranquility.
Gate fees are being charged at Edmondson, which has been phased in over the summer with an informational approach. The objective is to use the additional revenue to enhance and better manage the facilities for visitors to enjoy at Edmondson. Halton Parks members only need to show their annual pass for admission.
About Robert Edmondson Conservation Area
Robert Edmondson Conservation Area is located at 10027 First Line in Milton, just north of No. 10 Sideroad. The former name, Burns Conservation Area, originated from the property sale by James Gerald Burns. In 2013, facilities were updated and the park was renamed to honour the 38 years of service Robert Edmondson devoted to the work of Conservation Halton and to the environmental protection of not only the Halton Watershed, but across the Niagara Escarpment. For more information on all Conservation Halton Parks, and the recreational opportunities available, visit www.haltonparks.ca.
About Robert Edmondson
Robert (Bob) Edmondson worked with Conservation Halton for 38 years, starting his career as a biologist in 1974 and retiring as the director, watershed management services at the end of 2012. He also spent two years prior to starting his full-time career as a student working at Conservation Halton.
In his four decades, Bob had a number of significant achievements in conserving and protecting the natural environment. Bob worked with many groups to advance conservation in the watershed including Conservation Halton’s municipal partners – Halton Region, the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton and the Town of Oakville. He also worked closely with the Hamilton Naturalists Club, Bay Area Restoration Council, the Bruce Trail Conservancy and Royal Botanical Gardens to name a few.
He was instrumental in acquiring approximately 3,300 acres of environmentally sensitive land, as well as negotiating the long term lease for the future Glenorchy Conservation Area, another impressive 990 acres. In one of his final acts with Conservation Halton, Bob also acted as Conservation Halton’s legal counsel and secured a significant victory, with the expansion of the Nelson Quarry being turned down.
These accomplishments really demonstrate Bob’s ability and commitment and this conservation area is very reflective of his dedication and passion for the natural environment.