Golf course sale heightens green space issues
Residents and councillor had hoped the development could connect path systems
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the “We golf do course not like sold the a piece idea of that its land,” said Poscente. “It is a vital piece of green space, home to trees, animals, birds and insects. It is part of a bird migration path, so the whole green space there is crucial to our community.”
Developing on this land also exacerbates the traffic pressure that already exists in the area.
“This is a piece of green space that we did not anticipate being developed,” said Markham Ward 1 councillor Valerie Burke. “The intensification is to happen along Yonge Street.”
Tridel has made it clear that it is working closely with the community to minimize the impact of this development on traffic congestion.
“We are concerned with traffic as well,” said Paul Bussier, the general manager of the Ladies Golf Club. “So anything the city can do to improve traffic would be fantastic.” Burke has been on the side of the residents from the beginning. “My preference as a resident and a councillor is that I would have the Golf course left alone, but that’s not the reality,” said Burke.
This is a piece of green space that we did not anticipate being developed.”
Mia Poscente of Royal Orchard Ratepayers’ Association