Harper Park: Urgent Message to Members

PFN Board of Directors has an URGENT message for its members.

What’s Happening?  

Last spring Appeals were made by three parties (No Casino Peterborough, AON Inc., Downtown Business Improvement Area) to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) requesting a review of Peterborough City Council’s decision to rezone land that would ultimately allow a casino/hotel/restaurant complex to be developed on Crawford Drive.

In response to this, a prehearing date has been scheduled for:

  • TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Peterborough City Hall Council Chambers

Why a Prehearing?

A Prehearing is set up to identify issues, parties & participants and decide a date for the OMB hearing. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend. A prehearing is not the time for making statements.


  • Only those who attend the Prehearing and sign in will be allowed to make a statement at the OMB hearing. You must attend the prehearing if you want to “have your say” at the hearing.

Why is this Important to PFN members?

The proposed Casino Complex will be built adjacent to the “protected natural area” known as Harper Park.  As many of you are already aware, Harper Park has come under the stewardship of the Peterborough Field Naturalists. The Park is well known for its pristine wetlands, cold water streams, upland woodlot, biodiversity, archaeological interest, a native brook trout population and much more.

  • All of this has the potential to be degraded and/or lost as the Casino complex grows up beside it.

At the OMB hearing “having your say,” is just that.

Your opinion…. Your feelings….  Your thoughts…. Your ideas…. Your experience…. Your knowledge…. Your statement….  You have the right to express it.

But First…..You need to attend the Prehearing

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH at 10 a.m. at Ptbo City Hall Council Chambers

For more information, please contact:  Kim Zippel at 705-740-0587 or 705-917-1712

Links to Harper Park Stories:

Raising Mystery Park’s Profile: Drew Monkman

Harper Park: A Diamond in the Rough: Don McLeod’s Nature Blog

Zippel Urges Saving Harper Park: Peterborough Examiner