Morgan Boyle Park to re­open

Karen Cile­vitz Rich­mond Hill Ward 5 Coun­cil­lor

Thornhill Post - - News -

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

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