Ward 2 E-Newsletter Volume 9  |  August 2nd, 2023
Access Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at markham.ca.
Dear Ward 2 residents,
I hope you are having a wonderful summer so far. As you may already saw on the news, our ward will be expecting a few key developments, new facilities, infrastructure and road improvement starting this year. The City have received a new proposal for Buttonville Airport; New overpass between 16th and Major Mackenzie to cross the 404 for residents travelling to Richmond Hill; Victoria Square Blvd reconstruction; New Pop-up off-leash dog park in Victoria Square; Several mixed-used high density condo buildings along Highway 7 near Warden, etc. Some of these new projects will benefit our community but some may bring concerns. Your voice matters - Whether you have positive or negative feedback, we want you to be involved in future public consultation sessions. If you cannot attend our council meetings you are welcomed to send me an email. I will continue to be your voice in the council and make sure city planning staff and developers will do their best to accommodate residents' needs. Enjoy the rest of the summer and I hope to see you in some of the upcoming summer events!
Yours sincerely,
Councillor Ritch Lau

- Future of Buttonville Airport  -

Buttonville Municipal Airport is facing a transformation as its lease with Cadillac Fairview expires in November. The latest proposal submitted to the city outlines plans for 11 industrial buildings of varying sizes, two development blocks, stormwater management facilities, and road expansions, including an extension of Allstate Parkway north through the site to 16th Avenue.


One key benefit we are expecting from this industrial hub is to have companies bringing jobs to Ward 2, resulting in more jobs for local residents in manufacturing, distribution, technology and more. Since the site is located right next to the 404 exit, we expect additional traffic from trucks and commercial vehicles to be comparatively less than a high-density residential project in the same area.


We expect public consultation in the fall and the future of Buttonville airport to be determined by council by the end of the year.

- Pop-up Off-Leash Dog Area at Victoria Square Park -
As part of the 2023 Pop-Up Off-Leash Dog Area Pilot Program, the City of Markham is starting Construction of the new Pop-Up Dog Park in Victoria Square Park which is scheduled for August 2023.

The Pop-Up Dog Park is located at 2929 Elgin Mills Road East, and can be found east of the Victoria Square gazebo adjacent to Victoria Square Blvd. This Pop-Up Dog Park will include a separated small dog area and large dog area. Existing park amenities such as benches can be found within the park. Street parking with standard regulations is
available at this location.

Interested residents are encouraged to visit the City’s website for future updates about the 2023 Pop-Up Off-Leash Dog Area Pilot Program.
- City of Markham News -
Have you made the switch? Create your account in the new system and be automatically entered into weekly prize draws! The earlier you create your account, the more chances you have to win.
We’re thrilled to be selected as the host city for the Little Native Hockey League (LNHL) Tournament, Cultural Festival & Gala Celebration next year! This will be the first time it is held in Markham.
In photo: Marian Jacko, President, LNHL; Mayor Frank Scarpitti; Chico Ralf, VP, LNHL
Learn more: bit.ly/3QjJv2A
We are excited to share the news that Markham & Vaughan have been awarded $2.5M to develop automotive technology and smart mobility Demonstration Zones. This will provide opportunities for companies to test, pilot and showcase their products.
Learn more: bit.ly/3KcSUoK
The City of Markham announced it has received $42,700 from the Ontario government to support the Markham Seniors Activity Centre. The Centre, located at 22 Water Street, opened its doors in 1991 and is now home to the volunteer run Older Adults in Action club that offers various activities for adults 55 or older. Thank you to the provincial government for supporting older adults in Markham!
Learn more: bit.ly/3rxk6Iu
Join us to learn more about the City of Markham’s Citywide Parking Strategy! Parking is a big part of Markham’s transportation network. So we’re creating a plan to meet your future parking needs and want to hear from you. The City of Markham is holding three pop-up events this summer. 
– August 3, 3 to 7 PM, Cornell Community Centre
– August 10, 3 to 7 PM, Milliken Mills Community Centre
Come provide your feedback and help shape our future!
Have you seen them around town? Speed display boards notify drivers if they are going too fast. Monitor your speedometer!
Learn more: markham.ca/traffic
City of Markham public tennis courts are now open! Reminder, there's some rules to follow: First-come, first-serve; 60 minute limit; Private lessons are not allowed.
Be polite and respectful of others! #Markham trails are for everyone to enjoy. Cyclists, slow down, yield to walkers, use your bell and pass on the left! Walkers, stay to the right and be alert.
Markham’s revamped Artificial Intelligence Virtual Assistant 2.0 is here!
Our latest innovation provides residents with 24/7 access to a wide range of topics.
You can even connect to live customer service assistance during business hours.
Try it at markham.ca!
Grass on your property & boulevard needs to be 15 CM (6 inches) or lower. If you do not comply with the Keep Markham Beautiful Bylaw, a fee may be charged to you, for the City to cut the grass.Do your lawn & your neighbours a favour, and tidy up your yard.
Learn more: markham.ca/Bylaw
The City of Markham is rolling out its Park and Play Fun Tour this summer! It’s a FREE outdoor summer program for children that travels to community parks across the City. 
Activities include: 
Giant board games
• Mini sports
Inflatable ride-on animals
• Activity pass giveaways
• And much more!
Keep an eye out for our Park and Play Fun Tour near you!

Pedestrian Crossovers are used to help pedestrians cross the street.They are found at low-medium volume roads, intersections and at roundabouts.Be mindful. Stop at Pedestrian Crossovers.


markham.ca/PXO#StaySafe #MarkhamCares 

Let Plastic Free July kick start your summer – learn how you can reduce your single-use plastics!

Keep cool in this Summer heat at one of our splash pads.


Find a splash pad near you: http://markham.ca/SplashPads

- Community Events -

MP Paul Chiang will be hosting a FREE Grill and Chill Community BBQ from 11:00am-2:00pm on August 12th!


Join them in the King Square Parking Lot at 9390 Woodbine Ave, for an afternoon of delicious food, exciting entertainment, and summer celebration. 

Mark your calendars for 21st August! A Rose for Grandma Wellness Hub invites you all to an in-depth discussion on caring for those with Dementia, prevention, and living with the disease.Check out aroseforgrandma.com for more information on
A Rose for Grandma wellness hub. 
- York Region News -
York Region is building a road over Highway 404 to improve connectivity in City of Markham and City of Richmond Hill. The project is starting this summer and will accommodate growth and create more travel options. Visit york.ca/hwy404crossing for project updates, answers to frequently asked questions, and to sign-up for our e-newsletter.

6,000 disposable diapers is the average amount each baby uses in their first two years. Cloth diapers are better for the environment, your wallet and your baby’s future.


You may qualify for York Region’s $100 cloth diaper rebate.


 Visit http://york.ca/ClothDiapers

We’re talkin’ a blue streak about our new cruiser design. Citizens in York Region will begin to see YRP officers rolling up on these wheels as we roll out the new-look cars in the coming months.


Details about the redesign here: https://tinyurl.com/mtwux3cn

Have questions about your child's growth & development?


Our public health nurses can provide free, confidential info, advice & resources on parenting, community programs & much more.


Contact Health Connection today Live chat: http://york.ca/NurseChat Call: 1-800-361-5653

Spend less time watering your lawn & more time on the fairway. An established lawn only needs 2-3 cm of water per week – watering once a week will encourage deep, strong roots. Creating a low-maintenance yard lets you enjoy what matters most to you. 
If you have any municipal inquiries or concerns, please email our Contact Centre at customerservice@markham.ca or call 905.477.5530. 
Ward 2 Councillor Ritch Lau
City of Markham
Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
Email: ritchlau@markham.ca / Tel: (905)-479-7763
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