December 19, 2011

The Regional Municipality of York will undertake a Greenlands Trails Strategy

Seed for a Greenlands Trails System first planted in 1994

NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has an important role to play in partnership with local partners and stakeholders in developing a strategy to create a Greenlands trails system in York Region.

The proposed Regional Greenlands Trail Strategy will:

  • Build on and help coordinate existing Regional involvement in natural heritage trails
  • Identify economic development and eco-tourism benefits
  • Build on York Region’s award-winning image as a healthy and sustainable place to live and work

"York Region has been asked to play a strong role in coordinating a strategy and gathering approvals and funding from all levels of government to get the development of a Greenlands trails system off the ground," said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. "Our work on this will be a legacy to our communities for generations to come."

York Regional Council has directed staff to work with local municipalities, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to develop a Terms of Reference for a Greenlands Trails Strategy.

"York Region is already well involved in the creation of a Regional natural heritage trails system," said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee. "This initiative will leverage our existing initiatives and programs in areas such as the York Region Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan and the York Region Municipal Partnership Funding program to integrate and strengthen trail linkages on the ground."

York Region is currently involved in coordinating the Southeast Collector trail system in Bob Hunter Park and in funding local municipal trail improvements that fulfil the goal of the Pedestrian and the Cycling Master Plan to develop connections with Regional pedestrian, cycling and transit systems.

The concept of a Greenlands trails system in York Region is not new. It appeared in the 1994 York Region Official Plan.

York Region has approximately 786 kilometres of trails, both on and off-road. Local municipalities in York Region and other trail groups are involved in providing trails throughout the Region, including the Nokiidaa Trail System that links Aurora, Newmarket and East Gwillimbury and the Oak Ridges Moraine Trail being developed by the Oak Ridges Trail Association.

Staff will report back to Regional Council on progress in 2012 and recommend steps to move this initiative forward.


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Media Contact: Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications, York Region
  1-877-464-9675, ext. 1238. Cell: 905-251-6413.
Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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