May in Richmond Hill

Happy Spring! The Trilliums are blooming and spring has finally arrived in full force in Richmond Hill. The immediate ice storm clean up is almost complete and after a very hard winter our Town is returning to a place of beauty.
People are most definitely coming out of their homes, our streets, parks and soccer/baseball facilities are being used again, and our community is alive. It is a busy month and a lot is happening in Richmond Hill.
On June 1st we will be hosting the 16th Annual Mill Pond Splash and I would encourage all families to come out to this great eco festival. This event celebrates our natural environment, and in particular the upper Don River which begins its journey to Lake Ontario right here in Richmond Hill.
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I recently had the opportunity to participate in an event that celebrates the lower reaches of the Don River. The Paddle the Don Event gives residents of the GTA the opportunity to Paddle the Lower Don River in a canoe each spring. It was really remarkable to see Toronto from the river (as opposed to the Don Valley Parkway which runs along the river for a part of the route) and see the condition that our Don River is currently in. We have come a long way in improving the health of this river in the past decade but much more needs to be done. In many ways it all starts in Ward 4 where the Don River begins near the Mill Pond, on the slopes of the Oak Ridges Moraine.
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As always please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns, kudos or complaints. I am here to represent you and am always happy to talk to residents about what is important to them.