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Laura Rinaldo says she never imagined the greenspace behind her home in Vaughan would be developed, but now a builder wants to buy the public land and use it to expand a nearby sports facility…
Vaughan residents have more questions after a public meeting Feb. 17 with a developer behind the proposal to expand Sports Village and the “unprecedented” sale of a parkland area in vicinity of their homes..
The South Maple Ratepayers Association formed in August of 2018. The main focus of the SMRPA is to work with residents of our community to resolve any and all issues that may impact our membership negatively.
One of the main issues at the present time is the proposed sale and expansion of the Sports Village District Park by the City of Vaughan and to redevelop by a private developer. These lands would change from a fully accessible park that we enjoy today into a privately held multi use sports facility where the public will have extremely limited use. The community will lose 24/7 access! The proposal brought forward includes plans to add a 5th ice rink which will seat up to 6500 people, a three story school for 760 students and accommodations for 100 residents, an outdoor amphitheater which will seat 3,200, and multi-use sports fields. Again, this is a privately held school with amenities that will impact the traffic in the area on a daily basis.
This park is currently home to wildlife that use this park as refuge, nesting or simply as a corridor to get through to local ponds and other sanctuaries. Please help us Save Our Park by signing the petition on our website and donate to our organization to assist with the costs in fighting the bureaucracy. We thank you for your support
On most summer nights, Radov said, the park is packed with locals — the baseball diamonds full and the beach volleyball courts busy. For the residents, he said, the park is a green oasis in one of the busiest areas of the city — just a few minutes’ drive from the bustling urban area that includes Vaughan Mills Mall, Canada’s Wonderland amusement park and the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.
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