Creating #MyMulock Property

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Mulock Property during the fall

About the Mulock Property

The Town of Newmarket's vision for this property is to create an iconic community park/outdoor green space. The site has a remarkable history and potential to become a focal point where community life, recreation, culture, heritage and conservation collide in innovative and engaging ways.

Mulock Property Final Draft Master Plan Reveal

Thank you to all the residents and stakeholders who shared their stories, ideas and feedback throughout this journey to create an extraordinary space for the community to enjoy. The Final Draft Master Plan was presented to Council at a Special Committee of the Whole meeting on April 20, 2021.

The final draft Master Plan was born from an extensive two-year community and stakeholder engagement process coupled with concept design work through different phases. The final draft master plan delivers more details on the features proposed in the final design concept that will enhance the natural beauty of this landmark property.

It is estimated that the property will be open for community use in 2024/2025 and cost approximately 40 million for construction costs and costs for project management, design, contract administration and other supporting studies. There will be no property tax impact for residents because the majority of the funding can be done through development charges. These development charges were collected for the purpose of building parks and recreational spaces for the community and can only be used for these purposes. Other funding sources include, but are not limited to parkland contributions, community benefit charges, dedicated reserves for trails and/or public art and potentially grants and sponsorship.

Given the large capital cost to construct this project, Newmarket Mayor and Members of Council decided to defer the budget approval for this project for the next 30-49 days. During this time, Council will do all necessary due diligence to gain a better understanding on how the funding source may affect future recreational amenities planned and any additional sponsorship and grant opportunities that will be available.

With the endorsement of the final master plan, the next steps would be to revisit the budgeting aspect of this project in 30-49 days at a future Special Committee of the Whole meeting, proceed with the detailed design work in a phased approach that is subject to budget approvals and an implementation process.

As the COVID-19 landscape begins to stabilize, the Town will continue to provide opportunities for the community to visit the property and get a glimpse of the exciting future in store.

Final Concept Design Revealed

Over the past two years, thousands of community members came together to learn about the Mulock Property, and share their experiences of the area and their ideas for the future of the site. The final design concept was presented to the public at a Facebook Live event on March 9, 2021. Re-watch the facebook live event, or view the video below for highlights of the design concept.

See more details of the final design concept by viewing the presentation. If you would like to provide your feedback, let us know using the comment tab below.

The final design concept was born through various conversations with local residents, Town Council, school groups and community leaders where five guiding principles emerged: [read the engagement report or video].

  1. Make it a destination
  2. Keep it natural
  3. Root it in diverse histories and look forward
  4. Create inclusive and accessible spaces
  5. Connect it to our town

In the Fall of 2020, three themes were created and based on feedback from various stakeholders and significant community engagement. These themes were narrowed down to one preferred design concept plan.

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About the Mulock Property

The Town of Newmarket's vision for this property is to create an iconic community park/outdoor green space. The site has a remarkable history and potential to become a focal point where community life, recreation, culture, heritage and conservation collide in innovative and engaging ways.

Mulock Property Final Draft Master Plan Reveal

Thank you to all the residents and stakeholders who shared their stories, ideas and feedback throughout this journey to create an extraordinary space for the community to enjoy. The Final Draft Master Plan was presented to Council at a Special Committee of the Whole meeting on April 20, 2021.

The final draft Master Plan was born from an extensive two-year community and stakeholder engagement process coupled with concept design work through different phases. The final draft master plan delivers more details on the features proposed in the final design concept that will enhance the natural beauty of this landmark property.

It is estimated that the property will be open for community use in 2024/2025 and cost approximately 40 million for construction costs and costs for project management, design, contract administration and other supporting studies. There will be no property tax impact for residents because the majority of the funding can be done through development charges. These development charges were collected for the purpose of building parks and recreational spaces for the community and can only be used for these purposes. Other funding sources include, but are not limited to parkland contributions, community benefit charges, dedicated reserves for trails and/or public art and potentially grants and sponsorship.

Given the large capital cost to construct this project, Newmarket Mayor and Members of Council decided to defer the budget approval for this project for the next 30-49 days. During this time, Council will do all necessary due diligence to gain a better understanding on how the funding source may affect future recreational amenities planned and any additional sponsorship and grant opportunities that will be available.

With the endorsement of the final master plan, the next steps would be to revisit the budgeting aspect of this project in 30-49 days at a future Special Committee of the Whole meeting, proceed with the detailed design work in a phased approach that is subject to budget approvals and an implementation process.

As the COVID-19 landscape begins to stabilize, the Town will continue to provide opportunities for the community to visit the property and get a glimpse of the exciting future in store.

Final Concept Design Revealed

Over the past two years, thousands of community members came together to learn about the Mulock Property, and share their experiences of the area and their ideas for the future of the site. The final design concept was presented to the public at a Facebook Live event on March 9, 2021. Re-watch the facebook live event, or view the video below for highlights of the design concept.

See more details of the final design concept by viewing the presentation. If you would like to provide your feedback, let us know using the comment tab below.

The final design concept was born through various conversations with local residents, Town Council, school groups and community leaders where five guiding principles emerged: [read the engagement report or video].

  1. Make it a destination
  2. Keep it natural
  3. Root it in diverse histories and look forward
  4. Create inclusive and accessible spaces
  5. Connect it to our town

In the Fall of 2020, three themes were created and based on feedback from various stakeholders and significant community engagement. These themes were narrowed down to one preferred design concept plan.

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    Can I go online of Facebook for My Mulock meeting

    PatriciaMarlatt1 asked 9 months ago

    Yes! On Wednesday, September 30 at 8 p.m. we will go live from the Town of Newmarket Facebook page. Simply click on this link and wait for a post at the top of the page saying we are live. 

    You are also welcome to tune into the Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday, September 29 at 1 p.m. at newmarket.ca/meetings - this will be a longer, more in-depth review of the three concepts. 

    If you have any further questions on how to watch either meeting, please let us know here or email mulockproperty@newmarket.ca  

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    The Town of Newmarket promised that Jim Bond Park would remain a separate park from the new Mulock park and the fence would remain. Now, there is word that Jim Bond Park will be annexed into Mulock park. As a resident on Osler Court, I want to implore the Town to keep their original word and keep the 2 parks separate and distinct. If Jim Bond Park merges into the Mulock property, then visitors will be utilizing Osler Court to park their vehicles. Osler Court is a quiet & safe cul-de-sac and it needs to stay that way. Public parking on our street would ruin the ambience and feeling of safety. It would create traffic and the commotion of strangers coming-and-going. It would hurt the property value of our cul-de-sac which is designed to be quiet with no traffic. The original plan was to keep Jim Bond Park intact with a fence which would discourage parking on the residential streets. I am very worried that these plans will change. I DO NOT CONSENT to these changes! There is no need for the 2 park spaces to merge. There is nothing positive to be gained from merging them. Mulock is a large property and there's plenty of room there without annexing our Jim Bond Park which holds a special place among the residents who use it daily.

    UB68 asked about 1 year ago

    Hello & thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. It will be passed along to your Councillor. We encourage you to tune into the Special Council Meeting today (May 25) at 2 pm to hear the research conducted about the site and discussion surrounding the next phase (design). 

    You're welcome to provide a written comment (formally a deputation) to be read by the Mayor and form the public record. 

    To do so, please complete the Written Deputation Form(External link) and submit to clerks@newmarket.ca(External link) by noon.

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    A few of us that back on to the property are very concerned about lighting, as many bedrooms are at the back of our houses. We are also concerned about groups of young people hanging out after dark drinking etc. As well as, night time activities that would be disruptive to our peaceful evenings. Thank you.

    Ireland asked about 1 year ago

    Hello & thank you for taking the time to write in. Your feedback has been shared with the Councillor. As we explore design concepts for the Mulock Property, it's important to us that that these concerns are addressed to mitigate potential impacts to the local community.  

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    Hi Amber, I'm wondering if you might schedule another time to visit the property, (after all the mess is over), as I was unable to attend the previous open house? Thanks, Mary-Anne

    Mary-Anne Draffin asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Mary-Anne, we’d love to have the community back to the property when it is safe to gather.

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    Just read the feedback on the staircase not being to code and access to the upstairs not being allowed? How ridiculous. There are tons of old houses out there with staircases not to code. It should absolutely not be changed and if you're concerned, how about "children must be accompanied by an adult" and " the Town does not assume responsibility for any accidents"!

    Mary-Anne Draffin asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Mary-Anne, appreciate your point of view. The safety of our residents and visitors is always a top priority. The home will be restored to code.

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    Hello, I was wondering if we could add cafes in the area as well of pebbled walkways and gardens?

    Roxana R asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Roxana, thanks for sharing your idea, this sounds lovely. We’ll pass along to our designers.

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    When will the project start?

    Jaklin Dero asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Jaklin, thanks for your interest! We are currently wrapping the visioning stage. Our consultants have prepared a report on the public engagement along with thorough technical research. This will be presented to Council during a Special Council Meeting on Monday, May 25th at 2 p.m. Pending Council’s approval, we’ll move forward with Phase Two – Design. 

    This will start with designing 3 concepts which will be refined to one and eventually a master plan. Stay tuned for more. We invite you to tune into the meeting to hear the results and discussion. Go to Newmarket.ca/meetings to watch live. 

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    In one of the recent comments, a town reply was "One of the key themes we are exploring is how to connect the site to neighbouring areas and to accommodate travellers while minimizing the impact to the property’s natural landscape. " I want to iterate this is critical to the surrounding neighbourhood. Clearmeadow, AustinPaul and Jordanray are already used as a link between Bathurst and Yonge. These residents have been asking the Town for years for traffic control - with no results (apart from the useless bollards in the summer). There must not be access to the Mulock Property from Jordanray - to keep traffic away from these residential streets.

    Starn asked over 1 year ago

    Hello & thank you for taking the time to write in. Your feedback has been shared with Councillor Broome. During the design of the Mulock Property, it will be important to address matters related to adjacent neighbourhoods, such as the one being described so as to mitigate potential impacts stemming from the Park. We want to assure you this will be considered. 

    A special Council Meeting will be held today (May 25) at 2 pm. You're welcome to provide a written comment (formally a deputation) to be read by the Mayor and form the public record. 

    To do so, please complete the Written Deputation Form and submit to clerks@newmarket.ca by noon.

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    Many people don't realize that the parcel of land to the north of Mulock farm, separating it from the hydro land, is actually owned by a developer who has already removed 2 tractor trailer loads of mature trees from the site and would have removed many more except for the actions of Mayor Taylor and Councillor Broome. If he decides to develop his property, he could remove the rest and build an 8 storey building permanently blocking access to the hydro land. What are the plans to acquire this parcel?

    edie a asked over 1 year ago

    Hello, thanks for reaching out. The Town understands that the owner of these lands is interested in pursuing a development on the site, that is in keeping with the land use designations and densities consistent with the Official Plan and Secondary Plan for the Urban Centre along Yonge Street.  As opportunities arise with respect to enhancing elements of the Mulock Property through securing additional features on this adjacent property during or prior to development, then they will be explored with the land owner.

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    I just read the Engagement Summary report. I oppose the idea of linking Jim Bond Park to the Mulock property. I back onto this lovely quiet park and would not want to encourage additional activity in what is the extension of my backyard. I am also concerned that it would draw additional traffic to our Court. I believe that all residents of Osler Court overlooking Jim Bond Park, should be approached by the Town for comment. Thank you.

    Karen Adamson asked about 1 year ago

    Hello again Karen, we appreciate you taking the time to reach out and the feedback will be passed along. Feedback from neighbours of the property is important. Your local Councillor Broome is hand delivering letters to the neighbouring homes so everyone is aware of the upcoming Special Council Meeting. We welcome you to provide a live or written deputation which will be heard by Council during the meeting. Here's how

    • Make a live deputation: email clerks@newmarket.ca by Sunday, May 24 to arrange (this is to set up the tech)
    • Submit written comments to be read aloud by the Mayor during the meeting which will form the public record. Email comments to clerks@newmarket.ca by Monday at noon.  


    More details can be found at newmarket.ca/meetings. If you have questions on how the process works you can also email clerks@newmarket.ca.