Friends of 12 Mile Creek has been established to help provide leadership in promoting environmental stewardship of the area, in partnership and cooperation with the greater Niagara community.
We are committed to the development of a sustainable future for 12 Mile Creek that recognizes its history, economic contributions and its natural settings open to everyone to explore and enjoy.
The bike racecourse approved by NPCA is an environmental disaster. SEA has engaged the NPCA to provide all particulars regarding construction permits granted to the CSG on these regulated lands. It has become alarmingly apparent that those lands held in public trust for preservation and conservation have been abandoned in favour of a bike racecourse.
I think your group has exactly the right concerns about the construction of a mountain bike trail along the sloped edge of the 12 mile creek valley. If someone were to approach me to ask if such a proposal would be acceptable to me, I would answer with a resounding ‘no’. The environmental, financial, and public safety costs grossly outweigh the benefits.
The decision to move the mountain bike course for the Games from Brock needs to be investigated further, as this is where it all began. The rapid decision that the NPCA made to approve the construction is historical. The NPCA typically makes environmental assessments before approvals and this process needs to be investigated as well. New trails were constructed in a sensitive ravine environment, near residential properties, cutting through untouched areas where no paths existed. What a sad legacy for the Games.
I am now following this closely. The Mayor has been a key player in getting this done and the biggest cheerleader in promoting “a new trail system for Niagara”. Like we need more trails! St. Catharines is no longer “The Garden City”. Shame on our elected officials.
As an avid outdoor enthusiast and cyclist, I have experienced many of Niagara’s trails. The building of a new permanent trail system within the 12 mile creek area rather than using those previously approved and developed makes little sense. Using the established trails would have prevented these new trails being built and further encroaching on what is now a limited and fragile natural environment. It is very unfortunate when there is a lack of public discourse on something so important.
Why must a small group of local citizens be forced take a stand to fight political irresponsible decision making and a total disrespect for our natural heritage and water resource systems? Where are our elected officials?
The NPCA needs to be held accountable for issuing a permit to allow this to happen. Were they” asleep at the wheel” or is this another example of “political interference” infiltrating Niagara’s environmental protection agency?
This destruction of 12 Mile Creek woodland, the lack of transparency from the municipal government and agencies involved in this is an outrage and does not serve our communities best interests. There is a trail of information that reveals the disturbing chain of events leading to this wanton destruction. If not for citizen groups like Friends of 12 Mile Creek this would not have come to light. It is time for our community to hold all parties accountable and take action.
This group has taken on a big challenge and I fully support their efforts. Something terribly wrong in how this has been allowed to happen. Seems like the “Games” has already started. And the loser is the environment.
I support the work of FO12. They are exposing the lies and making the broader Niagara community aware of what has happened and continues unabated still. Once again, our natural environment is being destroyed for reasons that are self-serving and for a select few. In this case, a group of mountain bike enthusiasts!
“I have enjoyed running, walking, mountain biking, and x-c skiing the trails of Twelve Mile Creek for over 30 years. Never once have I thought we need more trails! Thank you Friends of Twelve Mile Creek for raising concerns and working to stop this completely unnecessary NEW trail.”
The ravine is a community asset that should not be turned into a playground for a small group of competitive bikers. I support attempts to clean up and maintain the existing paths, but not at the expense of cutting new paths into the fragile ravine slopes. I fully support the efforts of the Friends of 12 Mile Creek. The ravine is not a racecourse!
Walkers, runners, cyclists, and nature lovers enjoy this ravine for its peace, rich variety of plants and wildlife, and woodland tree canopy. The Twelve Mile Creek valleyland contains many special natural heritage features and contributes to the unique biodiversity of the Niagara Peninsula watershed. A racecourse here will destroy this sensitive area.
A resident of Welland, I have hiked trails across Niagara including the original trails along the 12 Mile Creek waterway. And while sports has been a huge part of my life, I am absolutely shocked at what the Games have done to the upper ravine areas, having now been exposed to what is happening. Shame on the Games, local politicians and the NPCA for allowing this to happen … and not being truthful along the way.
A watershed moment for Niagara. Do we care enough about our environment to do something? Time to walk the talk. I fully support what this group is doing. Actions speak louder than words and without action there will be no change”
I’ve lived here for over 60 years and there have never been any original trails in the upper slopes where the racecourse is being built. It used to be dense bush and vegetation. If we can stop them from going any further we can restore it to its natural state. This is a travesty.
I remember travelling up north with my father when I was a teenager and how happy it made me to think there existed some small corners of the earth that had not been modified or engineered by humans. To experience the silence of the forest and the silence of animals is a privilege we should preserve for future generations. It is short sighted to allow 12 mile creek to become a private and noisy club for a very small number of mountain bikers.
With all of the established, existing trails across Niagara that could have been used for the Games, what possible explanation is there for constructing more mountain bike trails in an area that was untouched and where no trails existed previously. Time for this kind of wanton destruction and disregard for our environment to stop. Why has the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority turned a blind eye to this ?
The Friends of 12 Mile Creek have made it clear that building a race course in the ravine is not good for the environment, wildlife and neighbourhood. I am opposed to this being forced upon us by the Niagara Games 2022 and the city of St. Catharines when other options are easily available.
The Twelve Valley essentially is a large block of forested habitat … OPG developed an arrangement with a cycling group where it was “permitted to make improvements to existing trails to improve safety for cyclists and recreational users.” From seeing a video made by area residents, it is clear that this agreement has been violated, and that new trail construction has been undertaken … which has resulted in the creation of unauthorized trails into blocks of protected wildlife habitat.
It is such a shame that the quiet, narrow foot paths for walkers and bikers are now wide, muddy, racing tracks. No more birdwatching in this area!!
I’m not in favour of this bike race course for many reasons. My current concern now that the course is largely complete is that the race course will continue to widen and take over more and more of the forest. As this happens the natural regrowth of saplings will not occur and we will lose more of this lovely wooded corridor.
Since the course was already approved for a location near Brock university, it is incredible that the development is occurring in the sensitive greenbelt woods and ravine of 12 Mile Creek.
I am 100% behind the work of Friends of 12 Mile Creek and opposed to the racecourse being built along 12 Mile Creek.
As a resident of Niagara, I want to protect our beautiful land and wildlife, as that is what I love most about living here. Building a brand new course on Twelve Mile Creek for the 2022 Canada Summer Games will be devastating for years to come and is something I can’t understand.
Until I actually walked 12 Mile Creek where the mountain bike racecourse is being built and saw what was happening for myself I could not fully appreciate how the landscape is being destroyed uneccessarily. Hard to believe this was the right way to go.
I’m not sure how this situation is going to end, but I suspect that a lot of damage has already been done, only because we could not see a bigger picture and despite well-meaning intentions.
I am obviously pro-mountain-bike, and pro-cycling, but I am also pro-conservation, especially when it comes to the environment.