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23 Jun

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A Legacy Community Park

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A Long Time Coming: Coultice Park a Reality

By Charlene Jones

Coultice Park Musselman’s Lake. Stouffville Review website photo

The past met the present and predicted the future on Saturday June 17th at the former Wagon Wheel Ranch on Ninth Line. Many faces reflecting our community gathered to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony, the grand opening of Coultice Park. These faces showed the history of our area, and as one person said “This park has been in the works at least 15 years.”

Coultice Family at the Coultice Park Opening June 17, 2017. Maurice Smith website photo.

Councillor Maurice Smith spoke to the same theme, beginning and ending his short talk with the words “It has been a long time coming.”

Natalie Coultice-Matthews description of her father’s past, his beginnings as a chicken farmer, his short stint as chinchilla farmer and his destiny as horse ranch owner created waves of sympathy from the crowd.  It was Jim Coultice’s vision to leave a legacy for the future.

Looking around at children exploring the gym equipment, teenagers sauntering in small packs through the crowd, the parents, grandparents and elders of our community for whom this park has been a dream it is clear: Jim Coultice’s vision has left us all richer by far.

It’s a gift that will keep giving for a long time coming.

15 Jun

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A Dream Come True…

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Grand Opening of Coultice Park at Musselman’s Lake!

Come and join in the celebrations of our long awaited and much anticipated new park!  Family fun and festivities start at 10am on Saturday, June 17th.

Our exciting new park is located at 14769 Ninth Line.

Parking available courtesy of  Cedar Beach Resort in their parking lot. A courtesy shuttle will be running from George’s Variety store to the park for those who would rather not walk.

Festivities will include:
Balloon animals for the kids
Face painting
There will be a demonstration of the various fitness stations within the park.
Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority (LSCRA) and members of the Coultice family will also be in attendance.

Rain or Shine the fun will go on.

As you can tell by the number of related links…this has been a long time coming.

Related Links

$2 Million Allocated Toward Coultice Park
Coultice Park Design Update
Coultice Park Meeting
Park Meeting Brings Us A Step Closer
COMMUNITY PARK A STEP CLOSER
THE CLOSING DATE FOR OUR COMMUNITY PARK HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM DEC.19, 2013 to APRIL 3, 2014.
Talks with Canada Revenue Agency once more delay finalization of Community Park
On Tuesday February 26th Mayor and Council voted to extend the park agreement closing date to July 18th 2013.
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With Another Update On The Park Plan.
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With Another Update On The Park Plan.
Councillor Phil Bannon Updates Residents On Community Park
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With The Most Recent Update On The Park Plan.
 Community Park Update
 “Acquisition of Parkland and Open Space-Community of Musselman’s Lake” “Approved”
 REALITY EXCEEDS THE DREAM
 WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE
 FANTASTIC NEWS!
 Another Step Closer
 Historic Meeting Trivialized by Stouffville Sun-Tribune
 Fantastic News!!!
Informational Meeting
 Town Meeting
 

12 Jun

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Celebrating CANADA 150 With A New Park!

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DREAMS DO COME TRUE! Coultice Park and Surrounding Protected Land are Proof 0f it!

A community park plus rare, fragile and disappearing plants identified on the protected surrounding land will now be valued and guarded. What a historic and unique  “win/win” deal for our community!

By Charlene Jones

Coultice Family at 2014- Coultice Park Dedication. Thank you Coultice Family

Community parks usually emerge from the pockets of developers, who designate a section of land for a park then build the community around it. In the unflagging manner of everything unique about Musselman’s Lake, our community grew prior to the perceived need for a park.

One of the perks that draws people to want to live here involves the casual friendliness. People enjoy walking and talking to each other. Dogs pant at the end of their leashes, children hang off their parents’ hands while parents’ smile at neighbors and friends as everyone enjoys their day.

Many of our neighborly encounters took place on the road and increasingly drivers honked to warn us. Soon the idea of a public park where children might play safely and adults chat comfortably became a need.

Rick Wigmore then President of the MLRA on left on Earth Day 2014  with then Councillor Phil Bannon. Thank you Phil and Rick.

True to the unusual geography we share the process of bringing the park to reality took many turns and twists, with dips and hills along the way. The vision for a community park stayed firm through three changes of government, seven years and much public input.

The first public meeting held in 2008 showed three different potential sites. The final choice was Coultice Park, formerly known as Wagon Wheel Ranch. That was the beginning.

The land formerly called Wagon Wheel Ranch used to be a horse riding stable and ranch spread over 150 acres of pristine land close by the Rouge River Hiking Trails. The property lies enclosed in Oak Ridges Moraine protective custody. Along with the stewardship of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, most of the land will remain protected.

That’s a good thing if you’ve a heart for ecology. Rare, fragile and disappearing plants identified on the site will now be valued and guarded.

Councillor Maurice Smith picked up where Phil Bannon left off to ensure the Coultice Park dream became a reality. Thank you Maurice Smith.

Coultice Park itself, 5 acres of land easily accessible off the Ninth Line offers what many voices at public meetings over seven years have requested: splash pad, washroom/change location, children’s playground, fitness equipment, and of course, the beauty of the land.

For all the many people Government officials, Residents’ association members, members of the public who have held the vision of a Park in our community and worked to bring it to completion, June 17th marks success: Congratulations! We have our Park!

 

Related Links

A Dream Come True…

$2 Million Allocated Toward Coultice Park
Coultice Park Design Update
Coultice Park Meeting
Park Meeting Brings Us A Step Closer
COMMUNITY PARK A STEP CLOSER
THE CLOSING DATE FOR OUR COMMUNITY PARK HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM DEC.19, 2013 to APRIL 3, 2014.
Talks with Canada Revenue Agency once more delay finalization of Community Park
On Tuesday February 26th Mayor and Council voted to extend the park agreement closing date to July 18th 2013.
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With Another Update On The Park Plan.
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With Another Update On The Park Plan.
Councillor Phil Bannon Updates Residents On Community Park
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With The Most Recent Update On The Park Plan.
 Community Park Update
 “Acquisition of Parkland and Open Space-Community of Musselman’s Lake” “Approved”
 REALITY EXCEEDS THE DREAM
 WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE
 FANTASTIC NEWS!
 Another Step Closer
 Historic Meeting Trivialized by Stouffville Sun-Tribune
 Fantastic News!!!
Informational Meeting
 Town Meeting

12 Feb

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$2 Million Allocated Toward Coultice Park

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Town Approves 2016 Budget

Click here for a PDF copy of the media release re Council approval of the 2016 budget for the town.

With this change in the town’s portion of your property taxes, as well as that charged by York Region and the School Board, which are all included in your realty tax bill, residents will see their property tax bill increased by approximately 2.1% this year.

I am very pleased to advise that I had support from other councillors to include three special capital projects in our Ward 2 area.

• $2. million allocated toward the work on the new Coultice Park

• A new sports Fieldhouse for Ballantrae Park on Aurora Road

• Installation of sidewalks on both Highway 48 (Pine Vista to Ballantrae Road) and Aurora Road (Grayfield to Hwy 48)

These projects are all scheduled to be well underway during 2016.

If you have any questions I invite you to email me at maurice.smith@townofws.ca.

23 Oct

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Coultice Park Design Update

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Council Minutes October 6, 2015

Item 9
COULTICE PARK DESIGN UPDATE (F05)
MOVED by Councillor Upton SECONDED by Councillor Lovatt
Coultice Park, Musselman's Lake - Option A

Coultice Park, Musselman’s Lake – Option A

1) THAT the Design Update for Coultice Park be received for information;
2) AND THAT Staff be authorized to undertake the design of the washroom facility and sanitary service for Coultice Park in the amount of $25,400 plus HST;
3) AND THAT the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to sign all necessary agreements between the Town of WhitchurchStouffville and Landscape Planning Limited for the additional design consultant services.

CARRIED

Coultice Park Development - Whitchurch-Stouffville1 (3720x6000)

Coultice Park, Musselman’s Lake – Development Update

Related Links
Coultice Park Development
Park Meeting Brings Us A Step Closer
Coultice Park Meeting
COMMUNITY PARK A STEP CLOSER
REALITY EXCEEDS THE DREAM
WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE
FANTASTIC NEWS!

 

17 Jul

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Park Meeting Brings Us A Step Closer

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Thank you to all the residents that took time to attend the Coultice Park meeting Wednesday night.

Thank you to all the residents that took the time to attend the Coultice Park meeting Wednesday night. There was a great turnout with residents from all areas of the Lake in attendance.

Coultice Family at 2014- Coultice Park Dedication

Coultice Family at 2014- Coultice Park Dedication

Here is a meeting brief

The town will be uploading the 3 designs, photos + info on their website within a couple of days and we will be posting them on the MLRA website.

Coultice Park  – 5 1/4 acres
Architectural Company – Landscape Planning Ltd
Rob Raycroft – Director Leisure Services
Maurice Smith – Ward 2 Councillor

  • 3 conceptual designs submitted – include playground equipment, splash pad and fitness trails
  • Local residents have opportunity to vote, provide input and questions regarding designs, concerns, and make suggestions.
  • Comment form was provided to submit back to town staff, as well as Rob’s email contact to submit afterwards
  • Park Budget = $1.3MM (splash pad costs @ $225,000 – estimated)

Project Schedule

  •  Resident Input Meeting = Wed July 15, 2015
  • Deadline for Resident Input/Feedback = Wed July 29, 2015
  • Award Request for Proposal + Preliminary cost estimate to Town Council for 2016 Budget – end September 2015
  • Town Council to approve full project budget = early 2016 (January TBD)
  • Park Construction Contractor selection = April 2016
  • Construction Begins = May 2016 (weather pending + site conditions)
  • Completion = October 2016

Unique to Coultice Park – given site location

  •  Recirculation – Splash Pad (recycled water via holding tank)
  • Parking Lot within park area

Resident Feedback

  • Very positive and excited park is almost here.
  • Suggestions – add washroom/change room to park, given unique location

Concerns

  • Increased traffic, congestion, access + safety along Ninth Line
  • Vandalism – town monitoring of park, illegal fishing, adjacent property owners

Contact

Rob Raycroft
Director of Leisure + community Services
leisure.services@townofws.ca
905-640-1910 X 2290

Related Links

Coultice Park Meeting
COMMUNITY PARK A STEP CLOSER
REALITY EXCEEDS THE DREAM
WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE
FANTASTIC NEWS!

09 Jul

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Coultice Park Meeting

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Important Meeting re Coultice Park on Wed. July 15

Please be sure to attend this meeting. We have worked towards this park for eight years and now it has become a reality.

Important Meeting about Coultice Park - excerpt from Ward2News

Important Meeting about Coultice Park – excerpt from Ward2News

 

Notice of Public Information Session - Coultice Park Design

Notice of Public Information Session – Coultice Park Design

 

Related Links

COMMUNITY PARK A STEP CLOSER

REALITY EXCEEDS THE DREAM

WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

FANTASTIC NEWS!

 

19 Sep

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COUNCILLOR BANNON IS RUNNING FOR MAYOR

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Councillor Phil Bannon Is Running For Mayor & Shares His Vision For Whitchurch-Stouffville In This Informative Campaign Video

If Phil Bannon can accomplish as Mayor of Stouffville, what he has accomplished as Councillor of Ward Two…we all will benefit.

Stouffville Mayoral Candidate Councillor Phil Bannon Talks About The Community Of Musselman’s Lake

Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayoral Candidate Councillor Phil Bannon is interviewed on Whistle Radio by Off The Top show host Charlene Jones. This is a five part interview series following Phil Bannon’s Mayoral campaign. Each interview has been divided into two parts. This is part 2/2 of the first interview that covers…

– Community Building
– Phil’s background and experience
– Successful environmental projects. Musselman’s Lake Stewardship and Coultice Park conservation land
– How/why Phil got into politics

Please make sure you watch all these very informative interview videos as they become available on www.philbannonmayor.com

 

 

CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR OF WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE – THE TOWN OF STOUFFVILLE

JUSTIN ALTMANN
PHIL BANNON
RICHARD BARTLEY
ARNOLD NEUFELDT-FAST
WILL REODICA

CANDIDATES FOR COUNCILLOR OF WARD TWO. WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE – THE TOWN OF STOUFFVILLE

ADAM SCHICKEDANZ
MAURICE SMITH

RELATED LINKS

PHIL BANNON FOR MAYOR
ELECTIONS. WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE  THE TOWN OF STOUFFVILLE