London park opens for 2017 season

May 10, 2017 by  

Several special events are planned this month to officially kick off the new season at the Fanshawe Conservation Area in London. All park permit holders are invited to attend, and to check out what’s new at the conservation area.

The park re-opened on April 21, with several events scheduled for the month of May.

On May 17, Nova Craft will host a Canoe Demo Day, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The Fanshawe Camper’s Association has planned a pancake breakfast from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on May 20. In addition the Pioneer Village opens on May 20, and the Optimist Fireworks Display will be held at dusk on May 22.

London and surrounding area residents are most likely familiar with the many attractions offered by the conservation area, including over 500 campsites, a lake for fishing and boating, a splash pad and swimming pool, many hiking trails, and newly renovated washrooms. Boats and fishing gear are available for rent at the park, and pavilions are available for special event facilities.

Newly installed for the 2017 season are fire pits at the campsites, new laundry facilities, and upgraded countertops and sinks in the event pavilions. The dock on the lake has also been refurbished with new decking.

The park provides maps of the campgrounds, hiking trails and day use areas. Brochures on subjects like boating safety information and calendars with park events, are printed and ready for pickup at the conservation area.

The conservation area was originally designed to prevent flooding in the city. The result was over 3,000 acres of park land, designated for the enjoyment of all London area residents.

The Fanshawe Conservation Area is located at 1424 Clarke Road. Yearly park memberships can be obtained by calling 519-951-6181, or by visiting the website.