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.

School Zone Safety

For many years, parents, school staff and neighbours have worried about the safety of students in front of Henderson Avenue Public School at drop off and pick up times. The traffic jams in front of the school have endangered children, blocked traffic and left nearby residents unable to exit their driveways.

Collectively with the support of GARA executives, members of our community, Henderson School Council, Councillor Burke, School Trustee Geller and Principal Mida, we have lobbied for a solution to be found before a serious accident occurred. Finally, progress has been made just in time for the new school year.

Now parents can safely drop off and pick up their children on the south side of Doncaster Avenue. The Board of Education together with the City of Markham have installed a paved pathway allowing the children to walk safely directly to the schoolyard. The red line on the photo shows the route the children can take.

“The real penalty for not obeying traffic regulations is that you may risk the safety of children”

Recently, the City of Markham's Parking Enforcement Unit has implemented some new penalties for vehicles parked or stopped in violation in a school zone to help address  safety issues. Vehicles parked within 100' (30m) of a school zone will be subject to increased fines starting in September. It is worthwhile to remind ourselves of the exact meaning of the no parking and no stopping signs post outside Henderson School.

Prohibited Parking

When this sign is displayed, drivers are not permitted to:

1. Sit and wait in the car for their child (even for a few minutes); or,
2. Leave their vehicle (even to quickly drop off their child’s lunch).
This means that a driver is in violation of this parking regulation even if he/she has stopped the vehicle but the engine is running, hazard lights are flashing, or there is someone in the car.

Prohibited Stopping

When this sign is displayed, drivers are NOT permitted to:

  1. Stop their vehicle even for a moment to let people in or out of their vehicle; or
  2. Sit and wait for their child to get into the vehicle.

General inquiries and parking complaints, including on street parking, from concerned residents/parents should be directed to the Contact Centre at 905 477 7000 ext. 2050.

For all, general information regarding parking please feel free to visit the City of Markham website atwww.markham.ca.

You can read more here

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 www.markham.ca 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.

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.  Read them here.