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.

A Lovely Day in the Neighbourhood

On February 10th, once again our neighbourhood rink became the gathering place for a neighbourhood celebration.    The GARA Family Skate day has become a wonderful tradition which many look forward to every year.

What makes the day particularly special are the combined efforts of so many community members. First of all are the intrepid ice rink volunteers Steve Lipman, John Fekete, Ricardo Mashregi and leading them all Brian Forrester, without them, there would be no rink. Councillor Keith Irish and MPP Gila Martow donated the refreshments while Walter Duma and Steve Lipman were BBQ chefs extraordinaire. Matthew Markell, 2018 Canadian National Junior Men's Champion entertained everyone with an exciting figure skating performance. A great day made possible by terrific people.

Special thanks to Rhonda Duma for all the effort and organization that brought it all together.

Flooded Basement? MORE 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. City staff hosted an information meeting for residents. The information  presented is available here.

Implementation of theWest Thornhill Stormwater Flood Remediation Program began in 2017 and involves the City of Markham replacing outdated storm sewers and water mains in our area.  This summer they will be working on:

  • New storm sewers on parts of Dalmeny Rd, Henderson Ave, Grandview Ave, Woodward Ave and Highland Park Blvd.
  •  New watermains along parts of Meadowview Ave, Jewell St., Dudley Ave, Henderson Avenue, Grandview Ave.,  Woodward Ave., Highland Park Blvd, Delair Cres., and Dalmeny Rd.
  •  Resurfacing of roads where storm sewers & watermains are replaced.

Work will begin in April and continue until December.  Work on Henderson Ave will be delayed until school is out for the summer.  All the affected residents will receive information directly from the city and the construction company as the project progresses.

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.

How to Apply

To Learn more click here 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.

One Step Closer!

Geotechnical work starts for Yonge Subway Extension

With the preliminary planning, design and engineering [PDE] phase underway, next week crews will start Geotechnical testing along Yonge Street from Finch Avenue to Highway 7. This work will take place at various locations along Yonge Street over the next several months. Please see below for further details.

work dates*: Monday, January 28 for approximately two weeks
work hours*: 7am–7pm
work location*: On Yonge, between Kirk Drive and Langstaff Road East

More information is available here.