Recreation in Markham
Markham has three major community centres: Thornhill C.C, Centennial C.C., and Milliken Mills C.C., as well as 14 additional multi-use centres that together offer: skating rinks, tennis courts, sports fields, a soccer dome, and ski runs. Markham also has numerous public and private golf courses including the award winning Angus Glen Golf Club, at 10080 Kennedy Road, which hosted the 2002 Bell Canadian Open.
Nature enthusiasts will want to visit Toogood Park located in the heart of Unionville, off Carlton Road. This picturesque park has been built around Toogood Pond, which features a fishway and observation platform. Weather permitting there is skating on Toogood pond in January and February.
Markham cyclists and pedestrians now have a new 18.5 kilometre scenic pathway as Markham Council members, MPP Dr. Helena Jaczek and families celebrated the official opening of the first phase of the cycling and pedestrian pathway on August 27.
“This first phase of our multi-use pathway system is part of Markham’s Cycling and Pathways Master Plan. This project, once complete, will provide over 340 kilometres of connected pathways for Markham residents and visitors to enjoy our community. It’s a great example of how green infrastructure projects can help the local economy, improve the quality of life and reduce the use of carbon-emitting vehicles,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti.
“The recently completed 18.5 kilometre stretch of trails will provide local residents with a range of leisure, healthy lifestyle and transportation choices which will benefit the community for years to come,” said Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham.
“The project supports Building Together, Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan, which provides us with the right kind of infrastructure for the next decade. We know that infrastructure is an asset worth investing in and maintaining for the good of everyone,” said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure. Through Building Together, Ontario will continue to make significant investments in public infrastructure over the next decade.
The new pathway was developed with the support of the Province of Ontario through a $4.5M Ontario Infrastructure Investment Grant. This first phase involves a pathway route across the south side of Major Mackenzie Drive East from Woodbine Avenue to east of Ninth Line.
This is the first half of a Markham-wide loop that will connect all parts of the community and eventually link to future trails and neighbouring municipalities.
The multi-use pathway is designed to serve a number of purposes including: promote a more active lifestyle for residents, help green the environment by presenting an alternative to driving, create an easier access to Markham's natural areas such as parks and valleys and provide a safer alternative for cyclists and increase the overall sense of community.