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Council Highlights - January 15, 2007 Meeting

Pioneer Park Home to a Memorial for Fallen Soldier Corporal Matthew Dinning
In honour of Corporal Matthew Dinning, a fallen Canadian soldier, Council authorized the installation of a memorial at the north entrance to Pioneer Park located off of Kerrybrook Drive and directed staff to work with the Dinning and Stockall families on memorial design details. Corporal Dinning was born in Richmond Hill. Coincidentally, the entrance to the Park lies where the Dinning home used to. In 1986, the family lost their home to a flood and the resulting empty lot was acquired by the Town and then merged into Pioneer Park. The memorial will be incorporated into the design of the trailhead, which is currently under construction to provide improved connections to the Town’s overall trail system. Corporal Dinning was one of four soldiers killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan last April. He was stationed with the 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade in Petawawa, Ontario and his grandparents still reside within the Town. For more information, contact Audrey Hollasch, Director, Parks Development & Design, at (905) 771-2424 (from Committee of the Whole Meeting held on Monday, January 8, 2007; Staff Report SRPRC.07.04, Agenda Item #17).

New Addition to Crosby Park Approved
Crosby Park – the first accessible park in Richmond Hill – will soon be expanded to include a water recirculation and treatment facility, which will support the new splash pad minimizing water use and providing for the safe use of recycled water. The potential water cost savings and resource conservation benefits associated will not only decrease municipal operating costs, but will also demonstrate good fiscal management and maintain consistency with the Town’s Environment First policy. In addition, Council instructed staff to proceed with the tendering of this project. The Town is redeveloping Crosby Park to provide opportunities for recreation, outdoor enjoyment and social interaction for everyone regardless of age or ability. The Town hopes that, in addition to creating a park that is fun, interesting, challenging and one that meets the needs of residents, Crosby Park will be considered by other municipalities throughout the country as a benchmark when designing accessible parks in their own communities. Some of the features of Crosby Park include a playground area with ramps that will enable children of all ages and abilities to access all levels of the play area; a water play area and splash pad accessible to those with mobility restrictions; a trail network with extra-wide paths and special features for those with sensory impairments; as well as a butterfly garden with birdhouses for some peaceful relaxation and an opportunity, particularly for seniors, to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the bleacher areas of the existing baseball diamond and soccer field will be made fully accessible, so parents and grandparents who may have mobility restrictions can interact with their children. Fundraising for the project is also currently underway. Crosby Park is scheduled to be completed by summer 2008. For more information, contact Geoff Hunt, Manager, Parks Design & Construction, at (905) 771-5749 (from Committee of the Whole Meeting held on Monday, January 8, 2007; Staff Report SRPRC.07.05, Agenda Item #18).

The next Committee of the Whole Meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 22, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. and the next Council Meeting is Monday, January 29, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. Both of these meetings will be held in Council Chambers.

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