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Conservation authority opens gates

After a long, cold winter, the Grand River Conservation Authority will open the gates of its parks for the summer season on Thursday May 1.
Most parks, including Guelph Lake and Elora Gorge, will open on schedule on Thursday, but some areas will remain closed as the conservation authority continues to work on cleanup in the lingering aftermath of December’s ice storm.
At Guelph Lake, all day-use and camping areas will open May 1, but some trails may remain closed.
At the Elora Gorge, the day-use area including the splash pad, all seasonal camping sites and 82 overnight sites on the south side of the river will open. But 118 sites on the south side will not be open until May 15. The remaining 232 sites on the north side of the river will open in mid to late June. Trails and other facilities on the north side will also remain closed until June. The Elora Quarry will open in June, as it normally does.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Grand River park system, which began with the opening of the Elora Gorge park on July 24, 1954, a news release said.
The system now includes 11 parks with more than 2,500 campsites, making it the second largest network of campgrounds in the province, it said.

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