From snow to sun in Thorn­hill

Alan Shef­man Ward 5 Coun­cil­lor

Richmond Hill Post - - Local Politics -

Most people will agree that this past win­ter was one of the worst we have ever ex­pe­ri­enced — the cold­est in 20 years.

In the city, the nu­mer­ous storms, the on­go­ing cold and of course the ice storm and power fail­ure took a large toll.

The im­pact of the ice storm will be with us for years as we con­tinue the cleanup and be­gin our tree re­plant­ing pro­gram to re­place the more than 13,000 de­stroyed trees. For­tu­nately we will re­ceive some funds from the On­tario govern­ment to as­sist in our cleanup costs. Be­cause of good plan­ning, our re­serves will be used to deal with our ex­tra snow clear­ing costs.

But let’s not dwell on the past when there are ex­cit­ing im­prove­ments planned for Thorn­hill.

This will be a busy sum­mer and fall for parks im­prove­ments. I have been work­ing with a group of res­i­dents to re­de­velop the play­ground and ten­nis courts at York Hill District Park this sum­mer. The work that I ini­ti­ated with a group of res­i­dents two years ago to re­ha­bil­i­tate Glen Shields Park will con­tinue with play­ground and walk­way im­prove­ments. Our trail sys­tem, at Glen Shields Av­enue and Duf­ferin Street, will see im­prove­ments in­clud­ing the re­place­ment of the Marita Payne Pedes­trian Bridge. King High and Beverly Glen parks will both have new path­way light­ing in­stalled this sum­mer.

In re­sponse to in­creas­ing in­ter­est in bik­ing, the Vaughan cy­cle path sys­tem will ex­pand with a new path de­vel­oped along Clark Av­enue from Yonge to Duf­ferin. This will al­low cy­clists to move eas­ily and con­nect with the trail sys­tem along the Don River just west of Duf­ferin.

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