Purple Woods Heritage Hall
Construction is underway!
Central Lake Ontario Conservation is pleased to announce that construction of the Purple Woods Heritage Hall has started and is scheduled for completion for the 2012 Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival.
For the past 35 years, the Purple Woods Conservation Area has been home to Durham Regions premier month long annual Maple Sugar Festival. While the overwhelming and growing response is something to celebrate, it is not without recognition that we needed to expand our facilities to accommodate this increased demand. The Purple Woods Heritage Hall is a permanent year round facility which includes a 4,600 square foot building to be built in the spirit of southern Ontario's rural heritage, providing a central gathering location for our many visitors. Included in the construction is also a 240 car parking lot to ease the parking frustration visitors have experienced in the past.
Purple Woods is nestled in the midst of rolling hills, small farms and towns. It is part of a network of historic and natural areas that give Durham Region its charm and grace. We are in good company, a stones throw from historic downtown Port Perry, Parkwood Estates and the Scugog Shores Historical Museum Village and Archives.
• 4500 Square foot structure that compliments the natural attributes of the site
• To provide a venue for displays and attractions depicting our cultural and natural heritage
• Providing a multipurpose, somewhat rustic venue for hosting community events
• Structure to accommodate human needs and provide protection in inclement weather that blends with the site's natural amenities.
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• Parking for 240 cars using state of the art storm water management and surfacing technology further protecting local groundwater resources and reducing the current
parking shortage and overflow issues
• The Purple Woods Heritage Hall will host a kitchen, a gathering hall for programs to accommodate 250 visitors, retail, washroom and meeting space, replacing temporary structures. The Hall will incorporate new technology for water conservation and waste water treatment
• Incorporate recycled building materials to reflect the rustic charm of Ontario's rural landscape
• Incorporate renewable energy generation for on site needs and off site revenue generation
• Enhancement to the existing maple syrup production facility to improve efficiencies, capacity and production levels, in keeping with demand and resources
• Enhancement of existing trails to provide year round interest and interpretive opportunities for formal and informal public use, and addressing accessibility issues currently faced by visitors
• Enhancement of interactive exhibit space to provide visitors with an understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of the site with a focus on groundwater through the Durham Children's Groundwater Festival, Source Water Protection, history of maple syrup production in Canada, environmental stewardship, local food and sustainable building and site design.