The City has conducted a Pathways and Trails study to meet an important strategic priority of the City's Parks, Recreation, Culture and Library Master Plan 2005-2021.
Open Houses have been held across the community giving the public a chance to comment on the draft master plan, including the pathways and trails map. Public feedback was incorporated into the study and presented to Council in April 2008.
Public feedback was incorporated into the study and presented to Council in April 2008. The final report of the study can be found in the links below:
The Province of Ontario has provided the City with a $4.5 million grant to help advance the development of the network. One of the first parts of the network plan to move to construction will be a system of multi-use pathways along Major Mackenzie Drive, Donald Cousens Parkway and through the Milne Dam Conservation Area.
The City of Markham held public information meetings to provide residents and stakeholders with an opportunity to review the recommended pathway alignment in the Milne Dam Conservation Area.
The City will undertake the following steps to implement the Pathways and Trails network:
An interconnected system of pathways and trails, which:
Pathways and Trails are a vital part of the City of Markham's Active Transportation network.
Why active transportation? For the health of our community. Active transportation reduces road congestion, air pollution, and fuel consumption while promoting good health through exercise.
Active transportation is any form of human-powered transportation to a particular destination - to work, to school, to the store or to visit friends. As long as it is "active," you can choose the mode: walking, cycling, wheeling, in-line skating, skateboarding, etc. Walking and cycling are the most popular forms of active transportation.
In December 2005, the City of Markham retained Marshall Macklin Monaghan Limited to work with staff in the preparation of a Pathways and Trails Master Plan Study.
For more information on the City of Markham Pathways and Trails Master Plan Study, please contact the City of Markham Engineering Department at 905-477-7000 extension 2393.