In 2010, Environmental Action Bobcaygeon (EAB) approached the City of Kawartha Lakes Parks and Recreation Department regarding the development and stewardship of a municipal property in the northeast corner of Bobcaygeon. This 8 acre lot of mature forest was Wilderness Park. Through generous donations from supporters, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the City of Kawartha Lakes, as well as a significant amount of in-kind assistance from individuals and organizations, the park began to take shape. Hard working volunteers cleared the lot of accumulated debris in spring of 2013. Once this was completed, the park’s other features were designed and constructed and Wilderness Park was officially opened in the spring of 2014.
Wilderness Park is unique to Bobcaygeon as there are no other forested parks of this nature in the community. The park will be open to hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, and nature interpretation, with trails that are built to best practice standards and accessible to all, including those that are physically challenged. It is hoped that, in time, the park will be expanded in size and linked to other hiking/cycling trails in the community.
Wilderness Park is managed and maintained by volunteers. EAB has enlisted over 50 volunteers in the area that are interested in assisting in this project. As well, Bobcaygeon Public School, Kawartha Field Naturalists, Kawartha Conservation, and others have been invited to participate in the various stages of development of the new park.