GARA brings together and advocates for everyone living in the Grandview Area of Thornhill in the city of Markham, Ontario.
Our neighbourhood stretches from Yonge Street to Bayview Avenue and Steeles Avenue to the CN rail line.
We welcome you to our site and look forward to hearing from you.

Flooded Basement? Help is on the Way!

Over the past few years, a series of huge storms in our area has demonstrated the need for improved storm sewers and flood protection.  Many of us have struggled with flooded basements and hope never to have to do that again.

In a program that began last summer, the City of Markham is indeed replacing storm sewers and watermains.  This summer they will be working on:

  • New storm sewers & watermains along Meadowview Ave., Woodward Ave., Highland Park Blvd. & Jewell St.
  • New storm sewers along Willowdale Blvd. New watermains along Grandview Ave., Dudley Ave., the laneway between Woodward Ave. & Highland Park Blvd.
  •  Resurfacing of roads where storm sewers & watermains are replaced.

Detailed information is available here.

Private Plumbing Protection Rebate Program

There are also measures home owners can take to protect themselves.  However, they can be quite expensive.To help reduce flood damages Markham City Council has approved a Private Plumbing Protection Rebate Program to support homeowners who install flood protection measures.

Measures promoted under the program include:

  • Backwater Valve
  • Weeping Tile Disconnection and Sump Pump Installation
  • -Sanitary and Storm Lateral Relining and Repair

How to Apply?

To learn more about this rebate program or if you would like to apply, please visit the City website under “Water & Wastewater” or call 905-477-5530 to obtain further information and necessary application forms.

To determine which measures may provide protection to your home, contact a licensed plumber for an assessment.

Advocating for “Our ” Subway and Better Transit

The South Central York Region – Congestion Relief Committee (SCYR-CRC) represents 10 ratepayer and residents associations across York Region, from Woodbridge to Unionville. GARA is a founding member of this committee.

The SCYR-CRC’s mandate is to ensure that our community’s concerns and suggestions for transportation improvements are heard by elected officials at all levels of government.The top priority is to advocate for the Yonge Subway Extension from Finch Station to Richmond Hill Centre at Yonge/Highway 7.

Please take the time to make your voice heard by filling out:· Yonge Subway Extension Survey

If you want to get involved in the SCYR-CRC’s advocacy efforts, please reach out to them at

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the survey and please forward this to your neighbours that may not be GARA members.Your input is important to make sure a community voice is heard at various stakeholder discussions.

The South Central York Region – Congestion Relief Committee (SCYR-CRC) is also lobbying to reduce the “2-Fare Wall” that exists between YRT and TTC users. Transferring from one transit system to another incurs an additional fare.

You have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion. Take the time to make your voice heard by filling out this survey. Fare Wall Survey

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What’s Happening in Grandview Park?

On June 14, 2018, four representatives of GARA’s Grandview Park Committee met with City staff, Councillor Burke, and Serdika Consulting Inc., the landscape architect firm drawing up the final plans for the new amenities in our park. The committee members were shown plans for the splash pad, skateboard spot, outdoor stage, public washrooms, landscaping, improvements to the existing playground and grading for the outdoor rink. We were told that the plans are 70% completed although there were a number of minor changes made at the meeting as a result of community input.

Once the plans are finalized and all permits are obtained, the various amenities will go out for public tender or bidding. There will be a general contractor as well as subcontractors for each of the projects. The City is anticipating that work will begin this Fall and all projects should be completed by late Summer, 2019.

We expect groundbreaking will occur in early Fall.


The Latest Developments on Yonge Street

Many residents have asked what is happening at the South East Corner of Yonge Street and Grandview Avenue.  This photo shows a model of the planned building and parkette .

Construction has started on a 25 storey building with 12,000 square feet of retail frontage on Yonge, office suites on the second floor and about 200 condominium apartments above, ranging from 522 to 1,379 square feet. Most parking will be below ground. Frontage will be on both streets with traffic and site access from Grandview Avenue only. A small public parkette along the Grandview Avenue frontage will also be included. Target completion date is summer of 2019.

The original buildings have now been demolished and Devron Developments is ready to begin work. Residents had a number of questions and so we found the answers:


  • The developers have leased the houses neighbouring their site on Grandview Avenue.
  • They have also arranged with Acura across the street to allow for parking,
  • Some cars will be parked on Grandview for some of the busier months.

Construction Waste and Dust:

The Developer's are committed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold accreditation, Construction will follow LEED’s guidelines regarding appropriate construction recycling and waste removal, along with construction dust control, measures which are more stringent than the typical construction standards.

Traffic Impacts:

  • All construction traffic is to be directed via Yonge St., with no infiltration into the residential streets to the east.Construction traffic will be directed by flagmen to ensure pedestrian access is safe and unobstructed.
  • The construction area has been optimized to accommodate the unloading of large construction deliveries eliminating the need for road closures on Yonge Street and Grandview Avenue. The only exception will be during underground construction in Phase 2, when the excavated construction site cannot accommodate construction delivery staging. During this phase, a truck queuing area is required on Grandview. However since this small area is for queuing only, no physical work or unloading will be done in this area, and sufficient width is still maintained on Grandview Avenue to accommodate typical two-way traffic. More details available here.