Support and promote arts, culture, heritage and sports in the community
TERM OF COUNCIL PRIORITY
Celebrating the Past, Present and Future Canada 150 was an opportunity to celebrate the country’s birthday, as well as highlight the people, places and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, Vaughan’s culture and identity. With grant monies received from the federal government’s Canadian Heritage Canada 150 Fund, the City introduced several different projects and enhanced programming to give residents a chance to share in the celebration of a lifetime. To commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary, Vaughan created a beautification plan to decorate various sites with hanging baskets, flower pots, flags and flower beds. Vaughan also received a $25,000 grant through the CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program, which funded local tree-planting projects, as well as a special plaque and three ceremonial trees.
As a multicultural community, the City promotes equality, inclusiveness, respect and tolerance for everyone who lives here. Festive celebrations like the Christmas Tree Lighting, Chinese New Year and Menorah Lighting Ceremony have become annual traditions.
NORTH MAPLE REGIONAL PARK This year, the City broke ground on Phase 1 development of North Maple Regional Park. As the largest and most ambitious park development project in Vaughan’s history, the 81-hectare (200acre) property is envisioned to be a city-wide cultural and recreational destination that features a variety of year-round uses for residents and visitors to enjoy. The park is scheduled to be open for public use by the summer of 2018 with planning for future phases of development in progress.
Pierre Berton Heritage Centre
The Pierre Berton Heritage Centre will offer visitors an engaging, interactive experience of Canada’s national story, driven and inspired by the work of one of Canada’s preeminent authors and media pioneers. Pierre Berton was a writer, broadcaster, columnist and editor who lived in Kleinburg for more than 50 years. He was an active member of the community, a supporter of local events, an environmentalist and a champion of the Canadian identity.
Other Key Parks Development projects and initiatives • Active Together Master Plan
• Parks Redevelopment Strategy
• Vaughan Super Trail
• District parks
• Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Park development includes the
• Canada 150 Grant Projects
An update is underway to shape future planning for parks, open spaces, recreation services and libraries.
Development of Chatfield District Park will start in 2017 and planning for additional district parks is in progress.
Work is underway to plan the renewal and redevelopment of park facilities and aging parks throughout the City.
construction of Transit Square and TTC Plaza, and design plans for Edgeley Pond and Park.
Council endorsed the concept of establishing a 100-kilometre trail system that connects all corners of the city to major destinations.
Park improvements are being completed at five locations to celebrate Canada 150 including the installation of new playgrounds, shade shelters and a new boardwalk.
2016/2017 · MOMENTUM REPORT