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Richmond Hill Creating A People Place - February 2, 2012

Contact: Mayor Dave Barrow, 905-771-2493,

Richmond Hill Creating A People Place
Richmond Hill launches public consultation for Civic Precinct area at Yonge Street & Major Mackenzie Drive
RICHMOND HILL – If you could design a new and unique public space for all Richmond Hill residents, what would you envision? The Town is asking that question as it kicks off thepublic consultation today for the Civic Precinct lands at the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Major Mackenzie Drive.

The project, branded People Place Richmond Hill to better reflect its connection to the Strategic Plan People Plan process and goal to be a community space, is seeking the public’s input on the future of the lands surrounding the Central Library property.

People Place Richmond Hill is an amazing opportunity for the Town to create a unique, community focused area right in downtown Richmond Hill,” said Mayor Dave Barrow. “This area and what it could be used for has been talked about for over two decades. It’s a very important location and we want to hear from the community on what they want to see happen there.”

The Civic Precinct is an area in downtown Richmond Hill that has been recognized for its potential to be an important symbolic and functional space by a number of corporate initiatives. The Civic Precinct Project is focused on the Town-owned lands containing the Town’s Central Library including the lands at the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Major Mackenzie Drive, the Lois Hancey Aquatic Centre, and Mount Pleasant Park.

Surrounding the Precinct area are several community facilities and services that support and complement the notion of this area as a ‘civic hub.’ Over the course of two years, the Civic Precinct Project will help solidify the Town’s intentions for its lands and how it integrates and connects with adjacent properties.

“This will be the most important project that the residents will ever be involved in. The Civic Precinct Project will create a new heart in the Town, creating a new energy for business ventures and rejuvenating our downtown,” said Civic Precinct Task Force Chair and Ward 5 Councillor Nick Papa. “This project is about how we all want to use this space and then deciding how it will look. It could be a place to walk or talk, meet or eat, contemplate or celebrate…or it could be all of those together!” 

Residents and businesses can provide their input through a number of different methods, including:
·People Place Richmond Hill Social Media Accounts (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Flickr)
·Public Information Centre being held on February 25 at Hillcrest Mall
·Visioning Workshops being held on February 28, March 1 and 6 at various Town locations
·All-day Concept Planning Charette on June 20 at McConaghy Seniors’ Centre

People Place Richmond Hill is a two-year project that will be developed in three phases to define the vision, concepts and implementation strategies to be recommended through a draft Civic Precinct Plan that is expected to be completed in 2013. For information and to provide public input, please visit
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