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Newmarket gets $500K funding boost for trails, stormwater management
June 30, 2021

The two projects include a new series of pathways connecting Kingsmere to the trail network, and rehabilitation of a stormwater pond and surrounding wetland near College Manor Park

Newmarket is getting more than $500,000 in grant funding for a new multi-use path and a stormwater pond rehabilitation.

The two projects include a new series of multi-use pathways connecting Kingsmere Avenue to the National Homes Trail Network. Funding will also go toward the rehabilitation of a stormwater pond and the surrounding wetland near College Manor Park.

Governments announced the funding from the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream in the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program in a virtual news conference today, June. 29.

Mayor John Taylor said the funding is indicative of the government responding to the current needs of residents. He said priorities have shifted toward infrastructure addressing climate change.

“The government is investing in areas (residents) feel are important,” Taylor said. “It helps to reassure them the government is listening, the government is responding."

“We know from COVID, more than ever, that our residents need the ability to get out safely, to be outdoors, to be active,” Taylor added. “We also know the importance from climate change telling us that we have to protect our wetlands. We have to manage our stormwater better and differently.”

The projects are fully funded by federal and provincial governments. The federal government is providing $420,726 to the two projects, while the provincial government is providing more than $105,000. The bulk of the dollars are toward the stormwater pond rehabilitation, which will cost more than $334,310.

Taylor said addressing stormwater is an increasing challenge for municipalities. He said the rehabilitation will improve capacity, as well as strengthen the wetland to help it naturally cleanse the water.

Newmarket-Aurora MPP Christine Elliott said it is important to provide for projects that help with community infrastructure needs.

“Investment in key infrastructure projects, and the health and wellness of Ontarians, is critical, “Elliott said.

The pathways will connect Kingsmere to the town's greater trails network, including to the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, according to Newmarket-Aurora MP Tony Van Bynen.

The municipality did not provide further details on the two projects before publication.

Taylor said though the announcements are not necessarily “earth-shattering,” they highlight how governments are responding to residents concerns. He said those concerns include things such as climate change, stormwater management and trails.