Official Ribbon Cutting with Ed Sackfield at the expanded arena & the rejuvenated David Hamilton Park
Friday, September 11, 2020
As the local Councillor who advocated for the City’s first indoor tracks and outdoor exercise equipment, I am proud to share that Mayor, Council members and I joined Ed Sackfield to cut ribbon for the newly-expanded arena and the redeveloped 33-year old David Hamilton Park in Ward 6, Richmond Hill today.
New and Enhanced Amenities for Residents –
David Hamilton Park now features a splash pad, two playgrounds, multi-use sports court, outdoor fitness equipment, trampoline and two table tennis stations, among other improvements. The new wing of Ed Sackfield Arena includes an NHL-sized ice rink and an expanded Fitness Centre with a weight room, aerobics studio and the indoor track. The new park has several notable environmental benefits as well. Water from the splash pad is collected and stored in underground cisterns and used for irrigating the sports fields overnight. Over 400 new trees and over 4,000 shrubs, groundcovers, and perennials were planted giving it a lush natural setting to foster and promote habitats for birds and butterflies in the 4season-themed park.
Virtual Community Celebration – Saturday, September 19, 2020 –
While David Hamilton Park opened to the public last month, Ed Sackfield Arena and Fitness Centre currently remain closed to the general public (except for ice rental permits) due to COVID-19. The City anticipates opening the Fitness Centre and Indoor Track this fall, however residents can explore the new amenities virtually at an online celebration on Saturday, September 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. at RichmondHill.ca/VirtualCelebration. The event will feature a virtual tour of the indoor track overlooking the new NHL-sized ice pad, demonstrations from local sports groups, a trivia challenge and more!
Note: Below are three photos taken at the ceremony – welcoming all at the ceremony; greeting Ed Sackfield and introducing the outdoor exercise equipment.