The Town of Newmarket has secured $4,070,000 in federal and provincial funding for the revitalization of publicly-owned lands in heart of Newmarket!
We have a rare opportunity to transform a large area of land in downtown Newmarket and create a greater link between the downtown core and the trail system. We want to create a community space that will honour our historic downtown and become a dynamic social meeting place for Newmarket to celebrate culture and participate in recreational and civic activities.
The Community Urban Space Project (CUSP) includes an outdoor skating rink, walking paths that connect to the Tom Taylor Trail, green space, and many other features. Click here for an in depth look at the plans.
To realize this new community urban space it will reduce the number of parking spots in downtown by less than 20% (30-40 spots). An extensive onsite study of the downtown parking for now and in the future has been conducted by BA Group Transportation Consultants which shows that the spots can be lost without impacting the number of spots used during the busiest parking hours.
Unfortunately, there has been some vocal opposition to this plan from a few of the merchants on Main Street. Their claim is that by reducing the number of parking spots in this area, businesses will suffer.
Because of this there has been discussion about making compromises to the CUSP plan by adding parking lots to areas designated for green space. This will create a confused mix of space that will undermine its public amenities and disrupt the link to our trail system.
We want to see the CUSP plan go through as it was intended and fully realize this opportunity that has been granted to us. If you are in agreement please sign this petition - send it to your Newmarket neighbours, friends and family - lets all get behind this and truly make our Newmarket downtown a great Community Urban Space!
Jackie Playter Wendy Russell