Funding paves the way for new trails, playground equipment

The City of Markham has received about $2.94 million for six community infrastructure and revitalization projects that will include an inclusive and accessible water play structure that will replace the splash pad at Millennium Park.

The funding, announced last summer, comes from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) under the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF). That fund supports projects that build new community infrastructure and revitalize existing assets, bring people back to public spaces safely and stimulate local economies.

Some of the funding was used to construct 2.85 kilometres of new sidewalks along arterial/collector roads in seven high-priority residential and employment areas. An asphalt trail that spans 800 metres was constructed on the north side of the Rouge River under the Markham Centre Trail Phase 1 project and includes maps and signage.

Under the Improvement of Rouge Valley Trail project, a new section of trail will be constructed west of the Kennedy Road bridge at the Rouge Valley Trail system. Trees will be planted at 18 locations to improve community greenspace, provide shade and social benefits, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and support the city’s 30 per cent canopy core initiative. Finally, playground equipment at nine parks will be replaced to create safe and accessible places.

“We are thankful to the federal government’s CCRF for providing the City of Markham with this generous funding to support and enhance the six projects that all of our residents can enjoy,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “These projects contribute to a more vibrant, healthy and sustainable community.”


Photo of the Markham Centre Trail Phase 1. 

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