The City staff is interested to here your thoughts on developing this small park located south of Major Mackenzie and east of Yonge - Miles Hill Linear Park.
- a new plaza seating
- shade structure
- open lawn
- a multi-use trail.
They would like our thoughts on what the public would like to see. They have enticed us with some history of this area.
Here is what they have dug up:
- In the early 1800s, the intersection of Major Mackenzie and Yonge was known as Miles Hill, after the father and son duo Abner (1752-1806) and James (1780-1844) Miles
- Abner lived in York as a contractor and lumber merchant. He opened a successful general store and tavern (food, drink and lodging) on King Street and was named a constable by the Court of Quarter Sessions, to oversee highways for the town and appointed quartermaster for the York Militia.
- In the early 1800s, Abner bought over 2000 acres in Vaughan, Markham, and Whitechurch townships. He built his family home at the south east corner of Yonge and Major Mack and was appointed assessor and tax collector for Markham, Vaughan, Whitechurch and King townships.
- He began clearing and developing the area known as Miles Hill, opened a store and operated a potash business, and a few years later, opened a tavern.After his father’s death, James Miles built a substantial home at the southwest corner of Yonge and Major Mack and divided parcels of his father’s land to family.
- James became a community leader and served as a lieutenant in the York Militia during the war of 1812, he was also appointed a local magistrate and justice of the peace, performing marriage ceremonies in the absence of any ordained clergymen.
- James donated parts of his land on the northwest corner of Yonge Street and Major Mackenzie Drive for a Presbyterian church, manse, cemetery, and public school
- His property on the southwest corner of Yonge and Major Mackenzie was passed down to his nephew, James Playter Jr., who farmed the land and ran a sawmill on the stream west of the house
Here are two possible general park designs:
Please click HERE to see more information and images.
Please click HERE to submit your thoughts on the park design including your preference for Concept A or Concept B!