Making progress Greening the Hill
David West Richmond Hill Ward 4 Councillor
A healthy environment is a foundation for all life on this planet. Although balancing a developing urban municipality and a healthy natural environment can often provide challenges, Richmond Hill is willing to meet these challenges head on.
The town has been blessed with an abundance of parks and green spaces. It is our responsibility to protect and enhance these green spaces for the future.
In 2014, town council passed our environment strategy aptly named Greening the Hill: Our Community, Our Future. This important document commits our community to an environmentally sustainable future through specific action items. For example, council recently acquired a parcel of land, at 71 Regent St., to expand Mill Pond Park. Last year, with the help of community volunteers, we planted over 10,000 native trees, plants and shrubs. We were also able to naturalize over eight acres of land and increase our urban forest canopy by 4.6 per cent since 2010.
Work continues to be done to improve important waterways in our community, including implementing the Lake Wilcox Remediation Strategy and storm water management. Careful stewardship of our water resources will be crucial to our community’s overall environmental health.
This progress was made possible by our army of volunteers who passionately undertake the work of making their home community better for themselves and future generations. There is always more work to do, but we are closer to making Richmond Hill an even greener place to live!
Ward 4 councillor David West