Lo­cal parks im­prove­ments com­ing

God­win Chan Rich­mond Hill Ward 6 Coun­cil­lor

Richmond Hill Post - - NEWS -

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

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