Mak­ing progress Green­ing the Hill

David West Rich­mond Hill Ward 4 Coun­cil­lor

Thornhill Post - - News -

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

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