It seems like there is finally hope for a more “normal” summer. The COVID-19 vaccinations numbers in Richmond Hill and Ontario are on the rise, the infection numbers and hospital admissions due to COVID-19 are on the decline. Ontario and Richmond Hill have begun to open up and will continue in that direction as more progress is made and it is safe to do so. More details on Richmond Hill’s plans are contained below in this e newsletter and I would encourage everyone to learn more as the situation evolves by visiting richmondhill.ca for updates.
Also below in this email is news about public consultations that are taking place regarding an update to Richmond Hill’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Plans as well as our Environment Strategy. All of these plans are important and offer the foundation for many investments and policies that guide parks, culture and recreation programming. These important investments ultimately make Richmond Hill a great place to live. I believe it is important to have plans like these that closely reflect the needs and aspirations of our citizens. As such I would encourage everyone to participate in the process to help ensure our plans reflect the needs of our community members. On that note, I hope everyone has a chance this summer to get out and enjoy the summer weather – perhaps in one of our parks or open spaces .
There is also more information below about some innovative programs that are being offered by our staff including Concerts in the Parking Lot, a drive through Ribfest, and Movies in the Parking Lot. All of us look forward to getting back together, live and in person, like we have in the past for events like these, but for now these activities offer a chance to get out and enjoy the summer safely and in compliance with all COVID-19 Public Health measures.
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 [email protected] and my mobile phone number is 416-346-3090.
Banner photo – A Summer day in Upper Mill Pond Park