Windsor – Dozens of students and neighbours gathered today to celebrate the grand opening of the Caesars Windsor Nature Trail at Devonwood Conservation Area. Thanks to a donation from Caesars Windsor Cares, the 4.5 kilometre trail has been completely resurfaced to improve safety, accessibility and natural connections at Windsor’s only Conservation Area. The contribution is a major boost to the Essex Region Conservation Foundation’s $1 million Place for Life campaign.
Mary Riley, Vice President of Marketing at Caesars Windsor, said, “By providing today’s grant to rebuild this beautiful, 4.5 kilometre trail system, Caesars Windsor is bringing our environmental commitment outside of our property to benefit the entire community for many years to come.”
Located on Division Road just north of Cabana, it is believed that no other forest in Canada supports a greater diversity of oak trees. Students from Roseland Public School were treated to a nature walk along the new trails to learn about the eight different species of oak trees and the owl habitat that Devonwood provides. ‘Take Me Outside Day’ was also recognized. Across Canada kids are encouraged to get outdoors and into nature, and the improvements at Devonwood make this easier for the students at the four elementary schools within a 4 kilometre radius.
In addition to the overhauled trails, benches have been rebuilt, the parking lot improved and a light added.
“We are so incredibly grateful to Caesars Windsor Cares for their investment in Devonwood Conservation Area,” said Claire Wales, Vice President, Essex Region Conservation Foundation. “It’s hard to believe this forest oasis is located right in the heart of such a highly urbanized area. When you walk these trails, you can feel the stresses of life melting away. Thanks to Caesars Windsor, visitors to this conservation area will be able to safely access and enjoy these trails for years to come. It’s partners like Caesars Windsor Cares who help ensure our region remains the Place for Life.”
Since 1973, Essex Region Conservation has been enriching and sustaining the Windsor-Essex County-Pelee Island region as the Place for Life.