Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site

City of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Applied Expertise

  • Parks and Open Space
  • Recreation
  • Trails
  • Interpretive Planning
  • Construction Documents
  • Sustainability


Located atop the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario, this former landfill site represents a dramatic change in rehabilitation and re-use of landfills. The Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site is now a “Central Park” for the Niagara Region, attracting both local residents and visitors. Promoting the concept of “green development” and based on the principles of “reduce, reuse and recycle”, the site design emphasizes environmental education and appreciation. Major features include: a Children’s Science & Nature Area, outdoor classrooms and educational displays, a Visitor’s Pavilion with interpretive displays, a Boardwalk, a Heritage Arboretum and a Wildflower Meadow with bird and butterfly houses. Several trails traverse the site and link other regional attractions. Construction was completed in two phases, with peter j. smith & company, inc. preparing all contract documents and providing full contract administration services.


2005 First Place, International Awards for Livable Communities, presented in La Coruna, Spain

2005 Project of the Year Award, Ontario Public Works Association

2005 Merit Award, NY Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

2003 Planning Excellence Award – Parks and Public Lands, Upstate NY Chapter of the American Planning Association

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