Morgan Boyle Park to reopen
Karen Cilevitz Richmond Hill Ward 5 Councillor
Morgan Boyle Park is located in Ward 5 on Pearson Avenue north of Garden Avenue. Construction to revitalize and rehabilitate this 3.9hectare park began in October 2016 and will see completion in August 2017.
Construction start time was moved up so the completed project could be unveiled during 2017 and become a component of Richmond Hill’s Canada 150 celebrations. Park revitalizations are municipal capital projects. With thanks to Richmond Hill’s member of Parliament, Majid Jowhari, this unique Canadian-themed park project, received a Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Grant of $790,000 to help offset costs.
Park improvements include new junior (for children under five years old) and senior (for children aged five to 12) playgrounds, a splash pad incorporating a giant hockey puck and a shade structure featuring cutout maple leaves to create shadows on the pathway underneath. Other design elements include Canadian commemorative features such as provincial totems and a flagpole showcasing the Maple Leaf. There are also an entry feature wall and fencing structure walkways and a common area; LED pedestrian lighting; improvements to the existing softball diamond, soccer field and tennis courts; and additional plantings including trees and landscaping.
The park officially opens on Aug. 22. Activities for that evening will include live music by the Laurelle Augustyn Trio, the singing of “O Canada” and a special Indigenous Ceremony to mark this Canada 150 event.
Councillor Cilevitz at the site of the new Morgan Boyle Park