Phyllis Rawlinson Park Map
On your first visit to the Town’s largest Oak Ridges Moraine park, you’ll know you’re somewhere special. The park land was donated by Phyllis Rawlinson, a long-time resident of the Town, on the condition that it be managed for conservation purposes. Given Phyllis Rawlinson’s request, the park is a fitting site for Celebration Forest®, a unique woodland where trees are planted in tribute of special occasions and to honour the memory of loved ones. For more information about this program call (905) 884-8013.
Phyllis Rawlinson Park is the only park in the Town equipped with barbeque facilities and fire pits. It’s the perfect place for outdoor events of all sorts, from large family reunions to romantic picnics for two. Significant historic structures on-site, such as the original farmhouse and barn (York Region’s oldest designated buildings), help make this park the special place it is.
A History of Phyllis Rawlinson Park
Community Allotment Garden
Plots in this garden are leased on a seasonal and annual basis to individuals for non-commercial gardening (food and other plants). The garden includes several water tanks for gardeners to use, however you must bring your own garden tools.
Community Allotment Garden
Robert Holland Interpretive Centre
The historic “Shaw House” was donated to the Town in 1997 primarily through the efforts of Mr. Robert Holland, a resident of Richmond Hill and a member of the Rouge Valley Foundation. The house, estimated to have been built between 1801 and 1834, has been restored and relocated as a focal point within Phyllis Rawlinson Park, as the Robert Holland Interpretive Centre. The Interpretive Centre now acts as homebase for a new generation of environmentally conscious youngsters who actively explore the natural world as they get involved in environmental activities and outdoor education programs!
Having the unique advantage of being positioned in the ecologically sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine, the Centre provides opportunities for residents to participate in environmental studies, native studies, pioneer life, tree planting, trail maintenance, habitat construction and interpretive hikes. Historical displays within the Centre also educate people on the history of the “Shaw House” and the Rawlinson family. This Centre allows people to interact with the environment and nature in one of Richmond Hill’s oldest heritage homes.
George Forster House
Richmond Hill’s Outdoor Education programs will be greatly enhanced by the newly restored George Forster Heritage House, surrounded by Phyllis Rawlinson Park’s conservation lands. York Region’s oldest designated buildings bring Richmond Hill’s rich natural history to life! Beginning in Spring 2011, the newly renovated George Forster House will provide additional space for indoor and outdoor recreational programs, as well as meeting space for community groups. It will also be home to a display of heritage artifacts related to the property and to Phyllis Rawlinson herself. Built circa 1830 by George Forster and his wife, the house, its associated barns and property was the home of several generations of the Forster family from approximately 1830 until it was sold to the Rawlinson family in 1934.
George Forster House Recreational Programs
Off Leash Dog Area
Richmond Hill recognizes the social benefits that designated off leash dog areas can provide for both dogs and their owners. As such, after much public consultation and consideration, as well as expressed commitment by many local dog owners, the Town has constructed a permanent Off Leash Dog Area.
Click here to learn more about Off Leash Dog Areas in Richmond Hill.
Parks & Trails Guide (with map) [PDF]
A-Z Parks Listing