Happy Summer to Everyone!

Vaccination numbers and COVID-19 infection numbers are finally moving in the right direction. We must all still remain vigilant, but Ontario has just recently released a reopening plan for the province. As a result, and after many months of varying degrees of COVID-19 lockdowns, Richmond Hill will also be able to reopen municipal facilities and amenities in accordance with the provincial plan and all necessary Public Health protocols. It goes without saying that this is very welcome news. Council received a report from our Acting City Manager about how and when various stages of this reopening will occur. Some of the details about this plan are contained below in this e newsletter.
 
Also below in this e newsletter there is a great deal of information below about other items of interest for residents as well. To name two of these items – the Mill Pond Park Master Plan process has begun and there is an opportunity for the public to submit feedback on the future of this very important Ward 4 park. With warmer summer weather upon us I would hope that residents have a chance to get out and enjoy this iconic park, but you can also participate in a self guided tour of the Mill Pond park and take part in a survey while you are there. All feedback collected during the coming months through this survey and other upcoming opportunities for public input will be used and valued by our Parks Planning staff and myself to map out future revitalization.
 
Additionally below there is important information about the Gypsy Moth caterpillar infestation that GTA communities including Richmond Hill are presently enduring. The European Gypsy Moth is an invasive species that has been in North America since the late 1800’s and has been causing a great deal of concern lately for residents. There is more information below in this e newsletter on what has been done, and what needs to be done by all of us to help control this invasive species.
 
Canada Day celebrations are being planned for Richmond Hill again this year. This much loved event will look different this year once again but our staff has put together a good line up of entertainment to celebrate Canada. Included in this year’s presentation is a drive in concert. For full information please visit  RichmondHill.ca/CanadaDay
 
On a final note, at this time of year I want to send my congratulations to all graduating students. In a year where graduation ceremonies may be different than in the past, it is perhaps more important than ever to mark these significant milestones in our young people’s lives. If you know of a graduate this year please make an effort to give them a shout out!
 
As always, I welcome a call or an email from anyone if they have any comments or questions about information contained in this e newsletter or any other issue about our community. My email is david.west@richmondhill.ca and my mobile phone number is 416-346-3090.
 
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