Local parks improvements coming
Godwin Chan Richmond Hill Ward 6 Councillor
The much-treasured David Dunlap Observatory (DDO), which houses Canada’s largest optical telescope, along with the administrative building and 40 hectares of parkland, have now been transferred into public hands as part of Richmond Hill’s properties.
In the past, the public had voiced the desire to preserve the cultural heritage, celebrate the astronomical significance and transform the parkland for educational as well as recreational purposes. There will be opportunities for engaging the public as the town moves forward with the DDO Park development in accordance with the master plan approved by Richmond Hill Town Council.
As a first step, staff will review proposals for astronomy-related educational outreach programs in the observatory and the administration building and also assess the buildings’ compliance with accessibility requirements, the Ontario building code and health and safety standards for public use in the future.
Although the implementation of the DDO master plan will take a number of years, development of local parks in Ward 6 begins now. Last month, revitalization work started on the 30-year-old David Hamilton Park. There will be short-term pains for long-term gains in having the new fourseason theme park completed in 2018.
Currently, planning for King’s College Park is underway with a survey distributed to area residents for their input. Soon, we will all be able to enjoy our parks all over town!
Councillor Chan in front of the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill