The Heart of Markham Centre
A new urban park has been identified in the Markham Centre downtown plan to act as a focus of civic pride for City-wide events & activities for the entire Markham community. The new park is located within the Remington 'downtown Markham' lands located between Warden Avenue to the west, the Rouge River Valley to the north, Highway 407 to the south, and the GO Transit line to the east.
Markham residents are invited to continue to help determine how an important piece of Markham's new downtown will look and feel.
"Let's work together to shape Markham Centre's New Downtown Public Gathering Place." W.Donald Cousens, Mayor
Markham's exciting new urban park is a few steps closer to becoming a reality. The award winning design by Janet Rosenberg + Associates and Oleson Worland - Taylor Smyth Architects has been further refined and developed. The park contains a whole range of features aimed at making this location a focus for community wide celebrations, a gateway to the Rouge River Valley and a centre of excellence for sustainable environmental park design.
A New Downtown Urban Park
Markham Centre Amenity Feature - Downloadable Map [PDF-812k]
Location - North of Enterprise Boulevard, South of the Rouge River and West of re-aligned Tributary 4.
Status of Development
- Design Charette / Workshop held April 2004
- Winning Design Concept May 2004
- Design Unveiled on-site June 2004
- The Winning Team retained to undertake the detailed design of the park 2005-2006
- Public Meeting February 2006
- Phase I - Implementation 2008/2009
Downtown Urban Park
- 4.0 ha (10.0 acre) Urban Park in the heart of Downtown Markham
- Strong Environmental approach to design
- Design integrates art and culture in harmony with the environment
- Create a destination gateway near the source of the Rouge River, with the
- Park a fitting and respectful threshold to the area's unique natural ecology
- Create a park that pushes environmental standards.
- Location and setting of outdoor amphitheatre to host formal theatrical and musical events.
- Plaza infrastructure to support 5,000 to 7,000 person events/celebrations
- Extended bridge structures to span tributary spans Milliennium Park
- Times Parkette
- Programme support buildings
- Integration of edges within a unified streetscape materials palette.
- Integration with Markham Centre's Lifestyle District
- Possible underground parking structures
- Civic Building: location and integration
- Capture, clean and reuse storm water runoff prior to releasing it to the water table.
- Specify durable, local and reusable materials where possible to support the regional economy and minimize transportation distances.
- Minimize energy requirements and maximize renewable energy contribution.
- Integrate City of Markham infrastructure to maximum potential such as the use of Markham District Energy.
- Accommodate for newer technologies as they become affordable, such as solar generation of power and self powering lights.
- Minimize maintenance requirements and harmful CO2 emissions.
- Reduce maintenance requirements through plant selection.
- Ensure the health of the environment: plant management techniques which includes the use of organic and biological controls with the smart use of pesticides.
- Minimize the use salt to melt snow and ice.
'To provide high quality, useable and programmable park amenities and facilities at every phase in the development of the park master plan'