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SHOWCASE PARKS OF RICHMOND HILL
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Richmond Hill is home to well over 166 parks and 544 hectares of natural, environmental area. View a comprehensive list of A-Z Parks and Off-leash Dog Parks from the Town of Richmond Hill website.

Below you will find the Town's 'Showcase of Parks' for visitors to enjoy with family, friends or even alone any time of the year, free of charge, from dawn until 11:30pm.

Alias Grace Park
Alias Grace Park, located between Aladdin Crescent and Ridgestone Drive, is named after renowned Canadian author Margaret Atwood's novel' Alias Grace'. The intent of the park design is to promote and encourage literature within the Town's community; celebrate the wealth and quality of Canadian literature through interpretation and expression of the novel, and provide historical reference to early settlement in Richmond Hill.

Imagery from the novel is portrayed in the park in the form of pavements, sculptures, plantings, and site furnishings. Site elements such as seating, fencing, light fixtures and entrance features have been designed to provide historical cues to early settlement in Richmond Hill. In addition, plantings in the park reflect historical plantings contained in contemporary arrangements.

Briar Nine Park & Resesrve
Experience breathtaking natural features typical of the Oak Ridges Moraine as you follow the trails at Briar Nine Park & Reserve. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears tuned — at this park there’s a chance to see or hear wildlife native to the Oak Ridges Moraine. Along rolling hills, through native wildflower meadows and past kettle wetlands, redtailed hawks, meadow voles and monarch butterflies are just a few examples of the animals that make this park part of their habitat. The community garden at Briar Nine demonstrates how native flowers and shrubs can create beautiful gardens that have valuable ecological functions and require minimal maintenance. Educational signs at the seating areas provide additional information about Briar Nine.

Crosby Park
No ordinary park, Crosby Park has been re-designed for inclusive recreation and now everyone, from the able-bodied and physically challenged to those with sensory and cognitive impairments, and even seniors, can enjoy the simple pleasures of outdoor recreation.

The first of its kind in Richmond Hill, Crosby Park (located at the corner of Newkirk Road and Crosby Avenue) provides a variety of recreational activities, personal enjoyment and socializing for all ages. The park's design interprets diverse landscape types including forests, meadows, dells, hollows, ponds, rivers and valleys to create a stimulating and fully accessible outdoor recreation environment.

WATER PLAY AREA

  • frog pond with water-squirting frogs, spraying cattails, turtles, tadpoles and lily pads
  • ground geysers and misters
  • a curved wave dock and a wall with sequenced water jets
  • rain wall

PLAYGROUND AREA

  • one of the largest playground structures in Ontario accessible without steps
  • gently sloping ramps with railings
  • rubberized play surface
  • rubberized and non-rubberized swing courts
  • accessible swing seats
  • elevated sandbox
  • numerous slides, including a double-width slide that can accommodate a child and caregiver
  • tree house
  • drum tables to play music on
  • many seating areas for parents and caregivers

OTHER UNIQUE ELEMENTS

  • Sensory Garden with a variety of annuals, herbs, perennials and grasses
  • accessible board game tables
  • wayfinding signage
  • extra-wide, gently sloping trails
  • colourful birdhouses and various artwork throughout the site
  • many seating and lookout areas for birdwatching
  • new entranceway and drop-off area to improve access to Centennial Pool

Eyer Homestead Park
The Eyer Homestead property, at 1045 Elgin Mills Road East, includes both the renovated Eyer Windeman Heritage House and a surrounding 1.75 acre park. The park boasts an outdoor high and low ropes challenge course, a climbing wall, and more.

THE HOUSE AND PROPERTY
In honour and recognition of its former Eyer and Wideman families, the historically designated house is named the Eyer Wideman House. Construction of the house dates back to 1828 and is attributed to David Eyer (1796-1871). The house today is considered one of the Town’s earliest surviving examples of a Pennsylvania-German Mennonite dwelling.

EYER WIDEMAN YOUTH CENTRE
This facility has been officially restored for primary use by the youth of Richmond Hill. It offers youth a safe place to hang out with their peers and friends to chat, play board games and Wii, do homework, or just chill and read a book. The Centre has a computer room and program space where activities such as geocaching workshops, girls self-defense, creative café, sketch and draw, digital video editing, electric guitar, etc are available.

French Royalist Park
The theme for French Royalist Park blends the formal, the colonial and the natural. The park design pays tribute to formal, French Renaissance landscapes with yellow and blue colours to reflect the colours of French Royalty. The Fleur-de-lis is featured on playground banners and fence panels.

The playgrounds are reminiscent of French chateaus with tall towers and peaked turrets. Colonial design typically had rigidly planned walkways and gardens, and settlers in Canada tried to impose symmetry onto the natural landscape.

Strolling along the walkways, enjoy the seasonal blooms of lilies, irises and French hybrid lilacs. Winding trails through the hedgerow are symbolic of the wild, natural world settlers tried to conquer.

Grovewood Park
Grovewood Park is the newest community park in the Oak Ridges area of Richmond Hill and is located just south of King Road at Grovewood Street and Dairy Avenue. Spread over more than four hectares of parkland, Grovewood Park features many exciting amenities for residents to enjoy including, a waterplay area, junior and senior playgrounds (with both rubberized surfacing and sand), a gazebo, a small amphitheatre, a senior lit soccer field, tennis courts, one full and one practice-sized basketball court, a circular pedestrian trail that wraps around the park, as well as plenty of parking. The playful theming of the park reflects the arts — music, art, drama and dance.

Headwaters Park
The design of Headwaters Park was inspired by its significant location adjacent to the confluence of three Rouge River headwater tributaries. The Rouge River Headwaters Walk starts at Headwaters Park and weaves among natural areas, sports fields and play facilities providing opportunities to see branches of the Rouge River as they emerge from the Oak Ridges Moraine. Play sports, walk, jog or rollerblade on the trails — Headwaters Park and nearby Lilac Grove Parkette provide a myriad of options for fitness routines.

Humber Flats EcoPark
The Humber Flats EcoPark provides recreational trails for use by the community and also facilitates the management of stormwater, improves aesthetics of the area and provides a natural corridor for the movement of wildlife.

Hunter's Point Wildlife Park
The creation of Hunter’s Point Wildlife Park is a unique and innovative design to establish habitat for wildlife. Spring and summer visits are ideal for seeing and hearing birds and butterflies throughout the park. In the winter, the toboggan hill leading from Hunter’s Point Park down into neighbouring Chapman Park is popular for all ages.

Mill Pond Park
Mill Pond was named in recognition of the sawmill operation that used this pond for power. The sawmill is an important component of Richmond Hill's culture heritage because it was part of what made the heart of Richmond Hill an attractive place to settle in the late 1800s.

Mill Pond Park is stage to the popular summer Concerts In The Park, and it also hosts the annual Winter Carnival and Mill Pond Splash Events. South of Mill Street, visit the Millennium Garden and find your way to the Museum of the Streets. Resident waterfowl are another reason that Mill Pond Park is a favourite for many.

Please help keep our wildlife wild by not feeding the birds. The Pond Story told on signs in the park, explains why feeding Canada geese is harmful to them and to the environment.

Phyllis Rawlinson Park
Tthe Town’s largest Oak Ridges Moraine park, it is somewhere special. The park land was donated by Phyllis Rawlinson, a long-time resident of the Town, on the condition that it be managed for conservation purposes.

Phyllis Rawlinson Park is the only park in the Town equipped with barbeque facilities and fire pits. It’s the perfect place for outdoor events of all sorts, from large family reunions to romantic picnics for two.

ROBERT HOLLAND INTERPRETIVE CENTRE
The historic 'Shaw House' was donated to the Town in 1997 primarily through the efforts of Mr. Robert Holland, a resident of Richmond Hill and a member of the Rouge Valley Foundation. The house, estimated to have been built between 1801 and 1834, has been restored and relocated as a focal point within Phyllis Rawlinson Park, as the Robert Holland Interpretive Centre.

The Interpretive Centre now acts as homebase for a new generation of environmentally conscious youngsters who actively explore the natural world as they get involved in environmental activities and outdoor education programs. Having the unique advantage of being positioned in the ecologically sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine, the Centre provides opportunities for residents to participate in environmental studies, native studies, pioneer life, tree planting, trail maintenance, habitat construction and interpretive hikes. Historical displays within the Centre also educate people on the history of the 'Shaw House' and the Rawlinson family.

This Centre allows people to interact with the environment and nature in one of Richmond Hill’s oldest heritage homes.

GEORGE FOSTER HOUSE
The newly renovated George Forster House will provide additional space for indoor and outdoor recreational programs, as well as meeting space for community groups. It is the home that displays heritage artifacts related to the property and to Phyllis Rawlinson herself. Built circa 1830 by George Forster and his wife, the house, its associated barns and property was the home of several generations of the Forster family from approximately 1830 until it was sold to the Rawlinson family in 1934.

Pioneer Park
Pioneer Park is an oasis of greenery containing a tributary of the East Don River, a mature hardwood forest featuring some of the oldest trees in the Town, and a storm-water management facility. A majestic reminder of the forests that once dominated southern Ontario, Pioneer Park’s forest is beyond a doubt the most impressive feature on-site. Designated an Environmentally Significant Area by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority in 1986, the forest links green spaces of the lower East Don River to those on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Ransom Parkette
This vest-pocket park is located on Yonge Street in the heart of old Richmond Hill. It’s hard to believe that this popular destination, complete with comfortable benches and buffered from Yonge Street by intensely landscaped walls, was a hydro substation until 1995.

Richmond Green Park
Richmond Green, the largest park in Richmond Hill, was built to accommodate sports enthusiasts and park visitors from well beyond the Town’s borders. As the jewel of the Town's park system, 'The Green' provides a variety of unique facilities.

KEY FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • 1 250m landscaped inline skating trail
  • 7 ball diamonds (3 baseball, 4 softball)
  • 3 outdoor soccer fields (1 junior, 2 senior)
  • 1 outdoor basketball court
  • a splash pad and waterplay area
  • a state-of-the-art skateboard facility
  • an outdoor amphitheatre that accommodates up to 300 spectators
  • open picnic areas and shelters
  • an agricultural barn and paddock
  • Tom Graham Arena Complex with 2 ice pads
  • Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame
  • Boynton House Art Exhibition Space

Sunset Beach Park
Sunset Beach Park is located on the shores of Lake Wilcox, the largest kettle lake on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Lake Wilcox supports diverse and sensitive biological communities, while also providing recreational opportunties. Visitors to the park can enjoy this diverse natural habitat over a picnic lunch in the Park's picnic area. Canoeing, sailing and windsurfing are also popular activities.

Twickenham Park
Considered by some to be one of the most beautiful open space areas in the Town, Twickenham Park is a must visit for visitors seeking a nature experience. The Elgin West Greenway Walk is anchored to the park system at its north end by the Elgin West Community Centre. The trail winds its way along a branch of the Don River, and provides excellent lookout sites to a headwater pond, wildflower meadow and mature hardwood forest.

TRAILS FEATURED IN RICHMOND HILL

For more details about local trails, download a comprehensive listing from the Town of Richmond Hill website.

Thomas Broadhurst Trail
The Thomas Broadhurst Trail is bounded by North Lake Road to the south, Wood Rim Drive to the east, Worthington Drive to the north and Lorridge Street to the west. The trail provideS pedestrian access for local residents to experience and enjoy one of the Town’s most beautiful natural areas. The trail is named after Thomas Broadhurst, Mayor of Richmond Hill from 1964 to 1969.

KEY FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • Trail Width: 2.4m
  • Surfacing: Asphalt
  • Maximum incline: 8%
  • Set-backs: 10m minimum from property line where feasible
  • Waste receptacles: At trailheads
  • Seating: Armourstone seats

East Humber Trail
The East Humber Trail is a recreational walking & hiking trail that passes through a variety of vegetation features typical of those found on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The lands surrounding the trail are comprised of old fields, extensive woody vegetation, and forested areas. The wetlands provide a diversity of habitats for many wildlife species and birds including the Black-Billed Cuckoo, Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Ring-Necked Pheasant and Red-Breasted Nuthatch.

KEY FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • Trail Width: 1.5m to 2.4m
  • Surfacing: Limestone screening and woodchip
  • Waste receptacles: At trailheads
  • Seating: Armourstone seats and benches
  • 3 boardwalks
  • 4 bridges

The Saigeon Trail
The Saigeon Trail is located in the natural open space of the Rouge Tributary valley lands west of Yonge Street and north of Gamble Road, east of Rollinghill Road and south of Tower Hill Road.

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