Mulock Park News and Updates

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An artistic rendering of the future Mulock Park with text stating it's an extraordinary park for today and tomorrow

Imagine… a 16-acre green oasis set under a gorgeous tree canopy in the heart of urban Newmarket at the corner of Mulock Drive and Yonge Street. The future park on the former Mulock Property embraces the site’s natural beauty, enhanced with space for active exploration, peaceful retreat, and an opportunity to inspire and be inspired by the arts.

From 2019 to 2021, the Town of Newmarket, engaged over 3,000+ people to share their ideas and visions for the property which has helped develop our five guiding principals, three concept themes and the final design concept. Newmarket looks forward to bringing the community’s vision to life. To create a place where community, life, recreation, culture, heritage and conservation collide in innovative and engaging ways.

Here's a sneak peek of what will be built on this 16-acre park and community space:

Artistic renderings copyright PLANT Architect Inc.

Stay connected with us by visiting this page and viewing the News Feed below or sign-up to receive milestone updates via our e-newsletter.

Are you a close neighbour of the park? Email mulockproperty@newmarket.ca and provide your home address to receive construction updates via email.

Imagine… a 16-acre green oasis set under a gorgeous tree canopy in the heart of urban Newmarket at the corner of Mulock Drive and Yonge Street. The future park on the former Mulock Property embraces the site’s natural beauty, enhanced with space for active exploration, peaceful retreat, and an opportunity to inspire and be inspired by the arts.

From 2019 to 2021, the Town of Newmarket, engaged over 3,000+ people to share their ideas and visions for the property which has helped develop our five guiding principals, three concept themes and the final design concept. Newmarket looks forward to bringing the community’s vision to life. To create a place where community, life, recreation, culture, heritage and conservation collide in innovative and engaging ways.

Here's a sneak peek of what will be built on this 16-acre park and community space:

Artistic renderings copyright PLANT Architect Inc.

Stay connected with us by visiting this page and viewing the News Feed below or sign-up to receive milestone updates via our e-newsletter.

Are you a close neighbour of the park? Email mulockproperty@newmarket.ca and provide your home address to receive construction updates via email.

  • Visit us at the Newmarket Home & Lifestyle Show

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    Do you want to see what the future Mulock Park will look like and catch a glimpse of preliminary house designs? Then come pop by the Town’s booth at the Newmarket Home & Lifestyle Show this weekend, April 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Talk with the team, check out what we’re creating and tell us what you’re most excited about to be entered into a draw for 1 of 5 $50 gift cards to a local restaurant.

    See you there!

  • 🥾 Boots on the Ground: Preparing the site for construction

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    Over the past month, the site has been active. Here’s what the team has been doing:

    • Tree protection fencing has been placed around trees and their roots to ensure they are protected during construction. Some of the fencing will even remain after the park opens to allow nature to re-establish itself in reforested areas. This is an important part of the Town’s tree stewardship strategy which will keep the site natural, increasing the total tree cover for coming generations.

    • Selective tree removal is nearly complete. The Town is protecting as many trees as possible, and replacing every tree removed with more than three new trees. The site may look more open now, during the construction process. Rest assured it will not only be restored, but much improved. New trees will be planted at the end of the project. You can find out more about the thoughtful tree stewardship strategy for Mulock Park in this article.

    • A temporary chain link fence has been installed to secure the work site and keep the public from entering an active construction zone.

    • Geothermal Well testing on the Great Lawn. People passing the Mulock Park site may have seen the tracked drilling rig located on the future Great Lawn. The Mulock House, Greenhouse Conservatory, and Artist Studio will be heated and cooled using an environmentally friendly ground source heat pump system. Temperature measurements taken at this test well will help the Town’s engineers adjust the system to work correctly.

    This work will wrap up in the coming month. The next major activities will include:

    • Some building demolition and revitalization. The existing pool house and garage will be demolished as they are at the end of their service lives. The garage site will be the location for the new Greenhouse Conservatory. The existing stable will be restored and converted into the artist studio. The stable will undergo selective, careful demolition to preserve key elements. Nearby residents can expect some noise when the pool house and garage come down.

    • Earth-moving and excavation is expected to start later in March. All trucks are required to use Yonge Street or Mulock Drive for access. Neighbours may experience some noise, dust, and vibration, depending on the weather. We are working with the Contractor to minimize these impacts. Soil excavated on the site will be used to build new landscape features, saving on trucking costs and impacts.

    Want to chat with the Mulock team and learn more about the extraordinary park we’re creating? Come visit us at the Newmarket Home Show & Lifestyle Show on April 6-7, 2024.



  • 📰 In the News: ROOTED: Town working to preserve natural beauty of Mulock Park

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    📰Newmarkettoday.ca article by Joseph Quigley published February 1, 2024, reporting on the tree stewardship and protection plan following a tour of the Mulock property ahead of construction. Here's an excerpt from the story:

    Almost every part of the former Mulock estate property in Newmarket is filled with history, from the centrally located house to the hundreds of trees and plants across the site.

    Some of the trees are more than 100 years old, from maples and willows to a famed grove of walnut trees planted by Sir William Mulock himself.

    As the Town of Newmarket navigates the transformation of the property into a public park, it has begun working through the care and maintenance of the trees, determining how to best preserve some, while cutting down others where needed.

    “We’re transforming it from what was a private home to a public park, and in doing so, we want to preserve as much of the natural beauty as we can,” development and infrastructure commissioner Peter Noehammer said. “We are removing these trees that are in decline, or in poor health, or pose a hazard… We want to do so in a way that respects nature and also adds, at the end of the day, to the natural heritage value.”

    Click here to read the full article.

  • 🌳Tree Stewardship Program at Mulock Park

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    ‘Keeping it Natural’ continues to be a guiding principle for the park’s development. Our team which includes experts in landscape architecture and ecology have created a Tree Stewardship Program. As part of our tree stewardship strategy, we carefully catalogued species and condition of each tree. Our strategy is focused on creating a lasting and resilient ecosystem of healthy, quality trees.

    We are removing undesirable trees which are in poor condition and invasive species, and selectively removing trees to make way for the park elements approved by Council in the Master Plan based on the community’s vision.

    Highlights of the Tree Stewardship Program:

    • For every tree cut down, three will be planted.

    • Trees that cannot be saved will be used in benches and other furniture onsite, landscaping, ground cover, and in some cases returned to the naturalized forest floor to feed the landscape and enhance the ecology. A major use is to create a log amphitheater for storytelling. Other trees may be re-used as part of the natural discovery playscape or in public art.

    • New building sites have been carefully selected where they will not damage trees or roots.

    • New paths and access roads follow existing routes, so that tree roots will be protected from further damage. For example, the skate trail follows a former driveway for the lowest impact on the trees.

    • During construction, the Contractor is required to build and maintain temporary tree protection fencing to the arborist's approval.

    • New plants are selected to re-naturalize the ground level in many forest areas. As trees reach the end of their natural lives in the future, they will be replaced with saplings which will grow from the forest floor, just as in nature.

    • New trees planted will be native species which are adapted to our Region and provide habitat for native animals, birds, and insects.

    Areas of selective tree removal

    • Trees will be removed along Mulock Drive to allow for the parking lot. The lot was carefully located to protect major trees. The Mulock Drive parking lot is also relatively small, with a bigger parking lot north of the park in the hydro corridor; this decision was made to protect and maximize the greenspace at the park.

    • Poor quality, immature trees will be removed on the north end of the property for the Skate Trail. Mature, historical trees in this area are being preserved. The skate trail was carefully routed on a former driveway to make the lowest impact on the trees. The area around the skate trail is being re-naturalized and will be a very peaceful, treed area when complete.

    • Cedar hedges planted around the Mulock House in modern times will be re-planted to keep them healthy, and carefully maintained.

    • Smaller, immature trees in the Jim Bond Park area will be temporarily removed to build the playscape and then transplanted back.

    Our design team has particularly worked hard to site buildings and paths in places that protect the largest mature trees.

    Selective tree removal is expected to begin the week of January 22.

    The trees which are cut down will be stored on-site. New tree plantings will occur near the end of the project after construction is complete. As with any construction project, some disturbance will be necessary. During construction, you may see additional mud and newly cut trees. Please be assured that all areas disturbed will be restored as part of the construction progresses.

    The tree stewardship strategy sets out to create an ecologically resilient, 21st century park designed for people to enjoy and learn about nature.

  • 🚧 Construction Update: End of February

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    Construction is underway. Here’s what residents can expect:

    • Access to Jim Bond Park is now closed for the duration of construction. It will re-open as part of Mulock Park. In this area, construction includes the creation of a Natural Discovery Playscape, maintenance building for the park, watermains, utility ducts, landscaping and forestry work.

    • Selective tree removal is in progress. Read In the News or Tree Stewardship Program to learn more about the thought and care behind the selective tree removal to transform the residential property into a public park.

    • Intermittent sidewalk closures on Mulock Drive for your safety, the sidewalk will be closed for roughly 3-minute periods between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Members of the construction team wearing yellow and orange vests and hard hats will be on the sidewalk to direct travellers during these short closures.

    Work on the park will be focused on weekdays; however, some weekend work may be required. When needed, work on the weekend will be restricted to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and caution will be taken to reduce disruption.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Town at info@newmarket.ca or call 905-895-5193.

    Stay tuned for more updates as the project progresses!

    Are you a neighbour of the park? We’d like to add you to our neighbourhood email database for park updates. Simply email mulockproperty@newmarket.ca, provide your home address and ask to be added. Thank you for your patience while we build this exciting project!

  • 🚧 Access to Jim Bond Park closed for construction

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    Jim Bond Park and the pathway through it will be closed in the coming days (CLOSED AS OF FEB. 27) for the duration of construction of Mulock Park. Work in this area will include a natural discovery playscape, buried utilities and the maintenance building which will serve the park. The plantings will be restored, and the north end of the park will be transformed into a natural discovery playscape using natural wood from the trees on site to create an area for people of all ages to explore.

    While the site is under construction, check out three nearby parks!

    • Seneca Cook Parkette (325 Clearmeadow Boulevard)

    • Clare Salisbury Park (270 Clearmeadow Boulevard)

    • George Luesby Park (385 Rita’s Avenue)

    Thank you for your patience. We look forward to re-opening the area as part of Mulock Park.



  • 🥾Boots on the Ground: 150 year old roof replaced

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    Replacement of the 150-year-old slate roof at the Mulock House is now fully complete. The new roof and attic improvements will greatly reduce energy use. The original roof dated to the construction of the home in the 1870s and 1880s, and was painted green sometime in the mid-20th Century. The new, natural green slate roof was selected to comply with strict heritage criteria, and the green colour of the slate tiles and trim was selected to echo the previous palette on the roof and shutters. With periodic maintenance, the new roof is expected to last well into the 22nd Century. The roof replacement has been completed on time and under budget.

  • 🚧 Construction update: week of Jan. 22

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    Construction is set to begin the week of January 22 on Mulock Park. The first stage in the park’s construction is selective tree removal, focused on removing invasive species, trees in poor health and others to bring the community’s vision to life on this iconic property. The property is now home to approximately 610 trees. To transform the former private property into a public park, about 150 trees will be removed (one third of which are in poor condition) and approximately 490 new trees will be planted. The overall property will benefit from an ongoing higher level of stewardship. When the Mulock Park is complete more trees will be planted than removed, bringing the total to approximately 950 trees, forming an important part of Newmarket's tree canopy.


    ‘Keeping it Natural’ continues to be a guiding principle for the park’s development. Selective tree removals, transplanting and replanting are guided by a tree stewardship program. The program is focused on enhancing the natural elements of the existing space and increasing the quality, number and health of the trees. Learn more about the tree stewardship program in the article below ⬇️.

    What to expect in the coming weeks:

    • Fencing will go up to maintain a safe construction site and protect the public

    • Tree protection fencing will be put in place to create a “no go” zone and ensure the trees are protected from construction traffic.

    • Construction equipment will start rolling in to move the earth. Soil will be relocated on the site to minimize the number of trucks moving to and from our site and reduce our environmental footprint

    • Traffic from construction vehicles may increase on Yonge Street and Mulock Drive during the week.

    The Town reminds residents that, with any landscape and construction project, there will be some digging and removals happening before it can all be put together and come to life.

  • 🎉 Special Announcement – we're ready to create Mulock Park!

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    We’re ready to create the landmark Mulock Park! This is the Town’s most significant capital project and will become one of Newmarket’s largest parks and public gathering spaces, delivering much needed greenspace and amenities to a growing community. The 16-acre green oasis will be a four-season destination including a skating trail, water features, natural discovery playscape, greenhouse conservatory and artist studio with public art woven throughout the landscape.

    The Town has awarded the contract for the Mulock Park construction project to Matheson Constructors Ltd. Park construction is targeted to take place from the end of 2023 to 2025 with park opening anticipated in 2026.

  • 🌳Woodlot completes the Mulock Park site

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    Criterion Development Corporation has transferred a one-acre (0.4 hectare) woodlot to the Town, completing the 16-acre site. The picturesque woodlot is an integral piece of the future Mulock Park. It will allow the Town to build a peaceful skate trail through these woods which will act as a multi-use path in the warmer months.

    The design for the skate trail follows a historic driveway through the woodlot to protect the mature trees in the area. As part of the agreement, the Town will also create a path through the remaining Criterion lands to connect the park to the Town’s growing Multi-Use Path system, and to approximately 200 parking spaces which will be provided at the off-site parking lot on Yonge Street. This furthers the Master Plan objective of closely connecting the park to the Town.

Page last updated: 04 Apr 2024, 10:58 AM