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Richmond Hill Invests $44.6 Million in the Community - December 12, 2012

Contact: Dean Miller, Commissioner of Corporate & Financial Services, 905-771-2497,

Council approves 2013 Capital Budget and 10 Year Capital Forecast
RICHMOND HILL – Council approved a comprehensive asset investment plan that addresses the growth and revitalization needs of the Town’s infrastructure. More than 200 large and small capital projects will be launched in 2013, including construction of the Lake Wilcox promenade, design of a new library branch, road construction, revitalization of parks, and upgrades of service delivery systems. These projects have benefits for all aspects and neighbourhoods of the community. 

“These new projects, like all of the investments that we make, will continue to ensure that Richmond Hill as a place to live, work and raise a family, is second to none,” said Mayor Dave Barrow.

Each year, Council reviews and approves a Capital Budget and a 10 Year Capital Forecast to ensure the continued alignment of short and long-term priorities, investment requirements for infrastructure, funding sources and sustainability. In recent years, this process has led to the delivery of several world-class facilities and projects such as the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, the Oak Ridges Community Centre, the Fire Station at Gamble Road, Pioneer Pond remediation, revitalization of Town-owned arenas, significant park improvements, new trails and the acquisition of the David Dunlap Observatory panhandle lands.

“Our strategic priorities are always informed by community input and civic engagement,” said Mayor Barrow. “The Town’s budgets are the financial expression of those priorities and of our vision and business plan for a Richmond Hill that is vibrant, has strong connections, offers better choice, and is wisely managed.”

The approved 2013 Capital Budget is $44.6 million and is funded by Town reserves, development charges, levies and grants. The Budget includes projects of various sizes and complexity related to facilities (community centres, fire stations, libraries, arenas, pools); parks, trails and open spaces; linear infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, water and waste-water systems); vehicles and equipment; and information technology systems. Some of the major capital investments that will commence in 2013 include construction/reconstruction of portions of roads including Snively, Puccini, Poplar and Sunset Beach ($9.2 million); construction of the Lake Wilcox promenade and boardwalk and the archeological assessment ($4.9 million); revitalization of Mary Dawson Park ($1.7 million); and planning and design of a new library branch in Oak Ridges ($600,000).

“These capital project investments will improve the services and amenities in our thriving community and they will also further enhance our residents’ quality of life,” said Brenda Hogg, Budget Chair and Regional & Local Councillor. 

Richmond Hill is a debt-free municipality. This allows Council to adopt a Capital Budget and 10 Year Capital Forecast prior to the operating budget process and to focus first on major projects that will benefit local residents and businesses. 

“We manage our finances wisely and prudently and we are committed to get the best overall return from all of our funding sources,” said Councillor Hogg. 

Council and staff are now seeking public input on the 2013 Operating Budget, which is expected to be approved in the first quarter of 2013. For more information and to provide feedback, visit 

For more information on the Town’s 2013 Capital Budget, please visit and see the attached Backgrounder: 2013 Capital Budget.

Backgrounder: 2013 Capital Budget

2013 Capital Budget Highlights - $44.6 million

  • Annual Natural Heritage Community Stewardship program
  • Phase 2 of pilot project - Installing new recycling containers at super mailboxes (additional 54 units in 2013, nine per ward in addition to existing nine that were placed in 2012)

  • Snively Street (Worthington Ave to Bayview Ave) construction
  • Puccini Drive reconstruction
  • Poplar Drive reconstruction
  • Environmental Assessment for Highway 404 Flyover (Bayview North East, North of Major Mackenzie Drive, South of Elgin Mills Road)

Community Safety
  • Fire Rescue vehicles replacement
  • Additional vehicles for Fire Services Fleet
  • Additional Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for Robert Holland Interpretive Centre, Forster Farmhouse, Boynton House, Connor Building and Richmond Green Agriculture Building 2
  • New pole mounted Radar Boards
  • Dump trucks and sidewalk tractor replacement

Recreation & Culture
  • Lake Wilcox Park Development (Sunset Beach Road and Olde Bayview Avenue, road and watermain reconstruction)
  • Fitness equipment replacement at Bayview Hill, Centennial and Ed Sackfield Community Centres
  • Ice Resurfacer vehicles replacement for arenas
  • Trails Master Plan update
  • Mary Dawson Park revitalization (Major Mackenzie Drive and Bathurst Street)
  • Gapper Park revitalization (Bayview Avenue and 16th Avenue)
  • Stream diversion and restoration at Elgin Mills Road and Yonge Street East Open Space
  • Willow Hollow Park junior and senior play structure replacement
  • Mill Pond Park play structure and fencing replacement
  • Trans Richmond Trail extension east of Yorkland Street
  • Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts - improve backstage technology with three additional flylines

Customer Service
  • Installation of new LCD Display screens at community centres to share information about Town programs
  • Watermeter replacement for residential and commercial properties
  • Downtown Parking Strategy Study
  • Residential Permit Parking Study
  • New Comprehensive Zoning By-Law Study
  • Library collection development
  • Library furniture and equipment replacement (public seating, accessible workstations, workstation)

Design Projects
  • Bathurst Street watermain replacement (Carrville Road to Major Mackenzie Drive)
  • New sidewalk projects: Bathurst Street (Kingshill Road to Augustine Avenue, Heather Drive to Kingshill Road), Leslie Street (Elgin Mills Road to W. F. Bell Parkway)
  • Elvis Stojko Arena parking lot repair and replacement
  • New parks:
    • Bathurst Street East and Jefferson Side Road North (mini soccer, walkways, shelter, play structure and basketball)
    • William Harrison Park (walkways, shelter and planting)
    • Yonge Street East and Gamble Road North (mini soccer, shelter, outdoor adult fitness equipment, basketball, walkways and planting)
    • Pheasant Drive Trail connection to East Humber Trail
    • Fountainbleu Parkette (Bayview Avenue West and Bloomington Road South)

Facilities Repair and Replacement
  • Tom Graham Arena
    • Rubber flooring replacement
    • Interior partitions repair
    • Plumbing fixtures repair
  • Elgin Barrow Arena
    • West Pad board replacement
    • Door replacements
    • Refrigeration plant study
  • Bond Lake Arena
    • Dressing room bench tops replacement
    • Repaint west arena wall
    • Building envelope study
    • New northwest rink gate
  • Ed Sackfield Arena and Fitness Studio
    • Front entrance engineering design
    • Exterior camera, piping, main entrance brick repair
  • Brian Nine Park lighting

Grant Funded Project Highlights - $7.4 million
  • Pedestrian Cycling and Master Plan implementation – Sidewalk and trails construction
  • Oak Ridges Library Branch – Facility Master Plan and design
  • Sunset Beach Road (Dunn Drive to Bayview Park) – Road and streetlight reconstruction
  • Weldrick Bridge at German Mills Creek reconstruction (Weldrick Road and Nightstar Drive connection)
  • Wood’s Bridge reconstruction (at Carville Road and Avenue Road)
  • Energy Conservation initiatives:
    • Bayview Hill and Richvale Community Centres – boiler and pool dehumidification system replacement
    • Lois Hancey Aquatic Centre (Wave Pool) – heating and cooling unit replacement

 2013 Capital Budget Funding

Funding ($ millions)
Capital Budget Request
Repair & Replacement
 Water & Wastewater
 Water Meter
Development Charges
Cash-In Lieu
Federal Gas Tax
Cash to Capital

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