Trail Enhancement: North West Quadrant Public Consultation Centre (PCC)

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The Town of Newmarket is seeking the public's input regarding an upcoming trail enhancement project in the North West Quadrant (NWQ) forest. The purpose of this project includes the installation of accessible asphalt pathways and bridges to connect subdivisions Woodland Hills Phases 6 and 7 to the existing Dave Kerwin Trail as shown in the map on this page.

The Town will be hosting a Virtual Public Consultation Centre (PCC) on Zoom on November 25, 2020 at 7 p.m. to present the proposed project and to gather feedback from residents.

The Town's consultant, Stantec, will present a brief overview of the project, preliminary design drawings and at the end have a question and answer period.

1st Public Consultation Centre on November 25, 2020 at 7 p.m.


The Town of Newmarket is seeking the public's input regarding an upcoming trail enhancement project in the North West Quadrant (NWQ) forest. The purpose of this project includes the installation of accessible asphalt pathways and bridges to connect subdivisions Woodland Hills Phases 6 and 7 to the existing Dave Kerwin Trail as shown in the map on this page.

The Town will be hosting a Virtual Public Consultation Centre (PCC) on Zoom on November 25, 2020 at 7 p.m. to present the proposed project and to gather feedback from residents.

The Town's consultant, Stantec, will present a brief overview of the project, preliminary design drawings and at the end have a question and answer period.

1st Public Consultation Centre on November 25, 2020 at 7 p.m.


Please ask any questions that you'd like to know. These questions and answers may be public on this website for everyone to see.

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    We don't think this is a good plan. This beautiful natural forest is a hidden gem of Newmarket. Please keep it as it is currently.

    Eric asked 1 day ago

    Hi Eric! Thank you for the comment. Installing this asphalt trail conforms with the council approved Active Transportation Implementation Plan as it provides a necessary connection for residents in Woodland Hills Phase 7 to Environmental Park as they do not have a neighbourhood park in their subdivision. Our consultant, Stantec, designed the first four phases (now known as Dave Kerwin Trail) which is also asphalt trails in the forest. We did our best to align this trail to minimize the impact to the trees and to maintain as much natural forest as possible while creating an accessible travel path for all Newmarket residents.

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    As the residents of art west ave, we don't like the asphalt trail project to attract a outsider coming parking at the end of our neighborhood road to disturb the Peace of the neighborhood.

    art west resident asked 1 day ago

    Hello! Thank you for the comment and I will pass it along to our design team. I reviewed potential parking locations to access the trails within the NWQ forest and appears there is a dedicated parking lot at Environmental Park and another parking lot off of Gilpin Dr and Bonshaw Ave. Although we can not regulate who uses and parks on public roads, I believe the two dedicated parking lots  will be more inviting to outsiders to access the trails compared to street access (ie. Art West Ave, Emma Broadbent Ct, Clifford Perry etc).

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    Can provisions be made in the plan for handicap accessible parking either in the Environmental park lot or in the Dave Kerwin trail parking lot? There is nothing currently available in either location. This issue has been raised in the Accessibility Advisory Committee meetings as well. Thank you.

    Jeff Fabian asked 2 days ago

    Hi Jeff - thank you for the suggestion! Unfortunately, the budget does not include re-grading, paving and painting lines at the Environmental Park parking lot. I believe the Gilpin parking lot is paved without line markings. I can bring this matter forward to the correct staff to see if lines can be installed at the Gilpin parking lot to create an accessible spot.

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    Did you consider extending the paved trail south as well to connect at Woodspring? You would see that its heavily traveled (man made path/ foot traffic) already today. It would be on the other side of the watercourse. There is existing trail on the right hand side of the map above, but would love to see it connect to Woodspring on the other side as well (left side of the watercourse.

    Tanya M asked 4 days ago

    Hi Tanya - thank you for the comment and suggestion. We did not contemplate a connection to Woodspring between the water course and Art West Ave as that connection is not shown in Newmarket's Active Transportation Implementation Plan and the main purpose for this phase is to connect Woodland Hills Ph 7 residents to the Dave Kerwin Trail; however, we can certainly re-assess the need of this connection during a future phase!

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    We do not agree with paving asphalt paths through the conservation area. It is better to keep the natural trails as they are currently.

    Mary asked 6 days ago

    Hi Mary - thank you for the comment. As part of Newmarket's Active Transportation Implementation Plan (page 95) there are proposed trails to link communities in Newmarket together and provide a safe and accessible walking experience in the NWQ forest. This is phase 5 of the planned trail network (phase 4 was the installation of the asphalt trail off Emma Broadbent Court). We are working diligently to minimize disruption to the forest to install this phase of the trail network  and welcome any input or ideas that the community has. I hope to see you at the virtual PCC on Nov 25!