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Stanley Park Optimist Natural Area

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Stanley Park Optimist Natural Area

stanley parkIn co-operation with The City of Kitchener, The Optimist Club of Stanley Park undertook a major project to enhance the Walter Bean Trail along the Grand River by restoring the environment, plants and animals that existed along the Grand River over 200 years ago. The results can be seen (and enjoyed) on the north side of Victoria St. N., (Hwy #7), on the west bank of the Grand River.

The site includes several ponds, which were designed as fish breeding areas to help improve the Grand River fishery. Groundwater and runoff feed the ponds, which act as natural water filters. A large culvert connects the main pond to the Grand River, allowing fish to move in and out of the pond system. Fish species found in the ponds include common and striped shiners, pumpkinseed, rock bass, green sunfish, brook stickleback, largemouth bass, black crappie and bluegill. Other wildlife that have been observed here are frogs, toads, crayfish, turtles, great blue herons, raccoons and muskrats.

Where: Victoria Street Kitchener (at the Grand River)

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