Category Archives: COMMUNITY MATTERS

York Region Splash Pads and Parks


Posted on Jul 18, 2017

Splash Pad Richmond hill

Summer is in full swing and parents everywhere are in search for inexpensive ways to keep their children active, happy and cool.  The excitement of running through the cold water,  the anticipation of when they are going to be sprayed, or when the giant bucket will tip dumping water all over them is a wonderful feeling no child will ever forget.

“WE HAVE THE LIST!”  Summer fun close to home!

Summer fun for kids


Tresstown Neighbourhood Park
East of 10th line at Sunnyridge Avenue & Raxlin Street map

Byer’s Pond Way Park
Byers Pond Way & Duffin Drive, Stouffville.

Madori Neighbourhood Park
Millard Street and Winlane Drive.

Wheeler’s Neighbourhood Park
East of Niine at the corner of Hoover Park Drive & Mostar Street.

Splash Pads Aurora

Aurora & Newmarket

Town Park
Corner of Lamont Street and Metcaffe Street.

Ada Johnson Park
At the corner of Conover Avenue & Hartwell Way

Harvest Hills Park
Splash pad, playground and covered over picnic area. Located at the corner of Woodspring Avenue & Harvest Hills Blvd. (behind Costco

Rogers Spray Pad
Rogers Park, 170 London Road, Newmarket

Riverwalk Commons
Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket

Kids splash pad

Richmond Hill

Bridgeview Park
Marshall Street, south of Observatory Lane.

Crosby Park
Crosby Avenue and Newkirk Road

Dr. James Langstaff Community Park
Red Maple Road and Bantry Avenue

Grovewood Park
Large splash pad at the corner of Grovewood Street, south east of King Road and Bathurst Street.

Humber Flats EcoPark
small splash pad & playground. Located on Red Cardinal Trail at Barberry Crescent. map

Newberry Park
Bernard Avenue, west of CNR tracks

Richmond Green Sports Centre & Park
Elgin Mills Road East and Leslie Street

Russell Tilt Park
Blackforest Drive, north of Regatta Avenue.

Silver Stream Park
Wayside Avenue and Shirley Drive.

William Neal Park
Tower Hill Road southeast of Jeffereson Sideroad and Bathurst Street.

Summer Splash pad york region


The ROC (Recreational Outdoor Campus)
26479 Civic Centre Rd, Keswick

Whipper Watson Park
153 Carrick Ave, Keswick

Const. Garrett Styles Park
176 Laurendale Ave, Keswick


It’s Strawberry Season


Posted on Jul 14, 2017

brooks Farms  


Strawberry picking is a family must and now it’s the perfect time of year to get picking.  Enjoy a great day with the family and enjoy these tips courtesy of our NewRoads Crew!


Strawberry Picking Tips


Bring sunscreen, hats, bug spray and comfortable shoes.  This can be a little messy so plan on clothing that can get dirty. Bring your own basket to be on the safe side and don’t overfill.


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Pick strawberries off the bush by twisting at the stem.


Call in advance to be sure your farm is open for the day and that they have berries in good supply. Typically Strawberry season runs from mid June ending sometime in July.


Cleaning: Rinse your strawberries in a mixture of water and vinegar to kill off any molds or spores that can be on the surface, this will make your strawberries last up to whole week longer. Store your strawberries in the fridge.


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Pick-Your-Own Berry Farms


Applewood Farm & Winery
12442 McCowan Rd, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON


Brooks Farms
141 Ashworth Rd #122, Mt Albert, ON


Organics Family Farm
7550 19th Ave, Markham, ON


Reesor Farm Market
10825 Ninth Line, Markham, ON


Strawberry Creek Farms
Woodbine & Davis Drive, Newmarket ON


Trapper Bob Farm
16864 Warden Ave, Newmarket, ON


Whittamore’s Berry Farm
8100 Steeles Ave. East, Markham, ON


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Planning the Perfect Beach Day


Posted on Jul 5, 2017

Beach Day


Now that the weather has finally warmed up here in Ontario, it’s time to kick summer into full gear – and what better way to do so than planning a trip to the beach? Whether you decide to stay in the city and head over to Woodbine Beach or make the drive to the beautiful beaches at Sandbanks National Park, there is no shortage of sandy destinations to choose from in central and southern Ontario. However, there are a few things to keep in mind while planning for your day in the sun. Check out these five tips and tricks for planning the perfect day at the beach:


  • The last thing you want is to arrive at the beach in your swimsuit only to discover the water isn’t safe to go into. The website provides up-to-date water quality information for more than 7000 beaches, so you’ll know which ones meet water quality standards and which ones don’t before you depart. They even have an app you can download on your smartphone so you can get all your beach info on the go!
  • Get to the beach early. While sleeping in on a day off of school or work is always tempting, doing so will likely result in arriving to an already jam-packed beach with limited room for you to set up your towels and umbrellas. Hit the road early and you’ll be guaranteed a prime spot in the sun (or shade, if you prefer!)
  • Bring extra towels or old bedsheets for your car. You and your passengers will likely be covered in sand by the end of the day and placing covers on your seats for the ride home will save you from having to vacuum out your vehicle.
  • Pack lots of water – in the heat, it’s easy to become dehydrated without even knowing it. Freeze some water bottles overnight to that your drink stays cold throughout the whole day. If you want to go the reusable route, check out this comprehensive list of the top water bottles available on the market Keep in mind that some common signs of dehydration in an adult include increased thirst, fatigue and dizziness.
  • If you are hitting the beach with a large group, remember to label all your belongings, such as your towel, water bottle and cooler – beach gear often looks similar and it’s easy to get yours mixed up with someone else’s.


Still unsure which beach to visit? Take a look at BlogTO’s list of the top 25 beaches in and around Toronto.


Where to Celebrate Canada Day this Long Weekend


Posted on Jun 26, 2017

Canada Day York Region


The Canada Day long weekend is quickly approaching and this year, the celebrations are going to be bigger and better than ever. Canada will be celebrating a big birthday this time around – the country is turning 150! – and the magnitude of the events that will be held across the country this weekend is expected to reflect that major milestone. Wondering where you can go to party in your red and white? Look no further. Here are five local Canada day events you can attend this weekend:


Newmarket Canada Day


Begin your Saturday with a pancake breakfast at Riverwalk Commons before making your way over to Fairy Lake for an afternoon of family fun and entertainment that will include rides, inflatables, food vendors, shows and musical performances. End the day by enjoying a firework display at George Richardson Park compete with live music and, of course, more food.


Town of East Gwillimbury Canada Day


The Town of East Gwillimbury will be hosting a Canada Day event of their own this July 1st. The community celebration will be held at the Sharon Temple and will feature a BBQ, games and activities, live music and much more. At night, there will be a concert and firework show at the Mount Albert Lions Community Centre. Free Viva bus shuttles departing from local landmarks will be available to help you get to and from the event.


Main Street Canada Day Festival


Newmarket’s Main Street always knows how to throw a good party – and their Canada Day festival this Saturday should be no exception. All day long, there will be a free kid’s carnival, food, live music and tons of prizes to be won.


Richmond Hill Canada Day


The Richmond Green Park always play host to great events throughout the summer, and their Canada Day celebrations will be the best of them all. There will be a “Canadiana” pavilion complete with Canada 150 exhibits showcasing Canadian history, a marketplace, art exhibit and of course, the midway, which will be filled with rides and attractions. Entertainment will include live music by Canadian singer Karl Wolf, a SuperDogs performance, and even a lumberjack show. No Canada Day at Richmond Green would be complete without fireworks! This year, the pyrotechnics will be set to a musical soundtrack. Check out their website for a complete schedule of the day’s events.


Aurora Canada Day Parade


The Town of Aurora’s annual Canada Day parade is a can’t-miss event. This year, it will feature a new route that travels south on Yonge Street from Mosley Street to Murray drive. Dress up in your craziest Canada gear and cheer on the hundreds of floats as they pass by. After the parade, you can head over to Lambert Wilson Park for an afternoon of fun and celebration.







NewRoads proudly supports the 11th annual Tour de Speed


Posted on Jun 23, 2017

Tour du Speed


On Saturday, June 3rd at the North Union Community Centre in Queensville, ON was the 11th annual Tour de Speed, presented by Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club.  NewRoads is a proud sponsor of this event encouraging riders between the ages of 9 and 18.  The event had an OCA (Ontario Cycling Association) record field for a youth event with 122 registered riders.
A special guest joined in the fun – our NewRoads LakeRide ambassador and Canadian cycling champion Ed Veal. Ed was at the starting line during the Time trials offering coaching and motivation to the riders. After the racing at the medal ceremony he gave a great motivational speech.


Ed Veal


Tour du Speed


It was great to see the community come together to support this inspiring event.  NewRoads would like to thank the Newmarket Eagles president Dean Robertson for including NewRoads year after year.  Watching it grow over the years has been wonderful and you can count on NewRoads for years to come.


Newmarket Eagles and Ed Veal



At NewRoads we believe strongly that in order for business to be strong communities need to be strong. To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit


Tour du Speed and NewRoads

“The 11th annual Tour de Speed was a great success, we had an Ontario youth race record crowd of 122 registrations with racers coming from as far away as Windsor and Ottawa. The weather was perfect for racing, the temperature was in the low 20s, sunny and no wind.  Racing started at 9:01 and didn’t stop until 12:45 with ten separate races taking place. There were two new format changes this year, the maximum age changed from 16 to 18 years old, but the most exciting was that groups were based on ability and not on gender. Proving the girls are just as fast the boys was 12 year old Mia Till of the Midweek Cycling Club from Toronto, she won silver in her group racing 3 kms in 3:27, three seconds behind the winner. Next years’ race is already scheduled for June 9th! The Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club are grateful for the support we receive from Michael Croxon, Kelly Broome, and The NewRoads Automotive Group. ”
– Regards, Dean Robertson


Tour du Speed Event



NewRoads Community Crew supports Golf Fore Change


Posted on Jun 22, 2017

Amber & Shaun from Central York Fire.

Picturesque Silver Lakes Golf Course


On Tuesday, June 20th the Women’s Centre of York Region hosted their 9th annual Golf Fore Change.  The Women’s Centre of York Region has quietly been making a difference in the lives of thousands of women since 1977 celebrating 40 years of service to our community.  In the past year the Women’s Centre helped 969 women across York Region.


Karen, Trudy, Judith & Maureen enjoying some golf at Silver Lakes Golf Course


The NewRoads Automotive Group have been proud sponsors of the Women’s Centre for many years through sponsorship and participation.

“The Women’s Centre of York Region became a part of my life almost 8 years ago.    As I come up to my eighth year I know I am surrounded by the most dedicated group of people I have ever met.  I am very proud of our clients, staff, donors, community partners, volunteers and our board of directors.  I’m looking forward to a very successful future with this team and believe very strongly that with our collective vision and team effort, anything is possible.”
– NewRoads Community Relations Manager Kelly Broome  and the centres co-chair said.

Golf Fore Change

There was a very heart-warming story told by Michelle Garner, a client of the Women’s Centre who after fleeing with her daughter and five month old son after receiving the care and services from the centre.  Today, Michelle thanks to the great work of the Women’s Centre she has found a home, is able to provide for her children, returned to school and graduated this year with a bachelor of arts in business administration with a major in Human Resources.

Kelly, Catherine, Shaun & Amber.

Golf Fore Change


The tournament was a success despite the weather and raised $14,000.  This money will provide programs and services to 14 women across York Region.  To learn more about the Women Centre of York Region visit


Michelle Garner


At NewRoads, we believe strongly that in order for business to be strong communities need to be strong.  To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit


Catherine Madden, Executive Director, Women's Centre of York Region


Girls and Guys Night Out Cheque Presentation


Posted on Jun 21, 2017

Girls and Guys Night Out Cheque Presentation


On June the 8th at Au Shucks Aurora, Ontario the NewRoads Automotive Group COO Jim VanDusen presented a cheque for $11,000 to The MS Society and Women’s Centre of York Region.


NewRoads strongly believes in caring for our community through sponsorship and participation.  Girls and Guys Night Out is one of our four signature events designed to bring people together, build awareness, and encourage participation.


Once again thank you to our volunteer committee, the neighbourhood network, Mr. Menswear  and our wonderful community for their on going support.  Visit for more upcoming events, news, photos, and video.  like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


From all of us at the NewRoads Automotive Group, thank you and see you again next year!



York Pride Fest 2017


Posted on Jun 20, 2017

York Pride Fest 2017


We were proud to sponsor the 2017 York Pride Fest here in Newmarket. Our NewRoads Crew dawning the rainbow tie-dye T-shirts lead the front of the parade and were among many out in support of the first Pride parade down Main Street on Saturday, June 17th, 2017.


Newmarket Pride Fest 2017


It was the first time the parade was held in the town after several years in Richmond Hill, and by most accounts, it was a great start and incredible success.


Newmarket’s Main Street was shut down with the Pride Parade joining two other events (The Farmer’s Market and Artisan Fair) forming a family-friendly party at River Walk Commons.


NewRoads team at York Pride Fest 2017


The Main Street merchants joined in with rainbow foods and drinks for all to enjoy. We received many positive comments with people happy to see Newmarket as a diverse community that brings the everyone together.


York Pride Fest 2017


Once again thank you to all the volunteers, participants, Main Street merchants, organizers, and our wonderful community for their support. Visit for more upcoming events, news, photos, and video.


From all of us at the NewRoads Automotive Group, thank you and hope to see you again next year!


NewRoads team at York Pride Fest 2017


Newmarket York Pride Fest Parade 2017


NewRoads team at York Pride Fest 2017



Where to Watch Outdoor Movies in York Simcoe


Posted on Jun 19, 2017

Where to Watch Outdoor Movies in York Simcoe


There’s nothing quite like a warm summer night north of the city. From sitting around a campfire at your cottage to barbequing in your backyard, it’s important to take advantage of the nice weather while it lasts. This summer, there is another activity you can add to your summer bucket list: attend an outdoor movie. Over the past few years, outdoor movies have become a popular summertime attraction across North America. They make for a fun (and inexpensive!) date night or family outing under the stars, and this year there are tons of places you can watch one outside of Toronto. So ditch the theatre this summer, grab your lawn chair and some blankets and catch an outdoor movie at one of these locations:


Barrie Film Festival Outdoor Films


The Barrie Film Festival is an organization that hosts year-round film programing in the Barrie area. From June to August, they will host a number of outdoor movie screenings in two different locations featuring recent box office hits.


Admission: Free


Doctor Strange – June 21 (Heritage Park)

Beauty and the Beast – July 12 (Heritage Park)

The Secret Life of Pets – July 26 (Heritage Park)

Viva Las Vegas – August 9 (Heritage Park)

SING – August 23 (Centennial Beach)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – August 30 (Heritage Park)


Bradford West Gwillimbury Outdoor Movies


Beginning in July, the town of Bradford West Gwillimbury will put on outdoor movie events on alternating Thursday evenings at 8 p.m.


Admission: Free

Location: BWG Library & Cultural Centre – West Lawn


The Secret Life of Pets – July 13

Sing – July 27

A Dog’s Purpose – August 10

Moana – August 24


Newmarket Moonlight Movies


The Town of Newmarket will be hosting weekly outdoor movie events at a variety of locations throughout the month of August and into the first week of September. Don’t worry about bringing your own snacks to these ones, because there will be free popcorn available courtesy of the Newmarket Scouts!


Admission: Free

Locations/Dates/Times (All movie titles TBA):

Maple Leaf Public School Gymnasium (Indoor movie) – August 2 – 7 p.m.

St. John Chrysostom School – August 9 – 8:15 p.m.

Glen Cedar Public School – August 16 – 8:15 p.m.

St. Nicholas School – August 23 – 8:15 p.m.

College Manor Park – August 28 – 8:15 p.m.

Ken Sturgeon Park – August 30 – 8:15 p.m.

Lion’s Park – September 3 – 8:15 p.m.


Town of Richmond Hill Moonlight Movies


You will be able to catch an outdoor movie in Richmond Hill every Wednesday night in August this summer. The movies begin when the sun goes down, but you can arrive at the location at 7 p.m. for fun pre-movies activities.


Admission: Free


Angry Birds – August 9 (Richmond Hill Public Library)

SING – August 16 (Bond Lake Arena)

Beauty and the Beast – August 23 (Richvale Athletic Field)

Guardian and the Galaxy – August 30 (Rogue Woods Community Centre)



Don’t forget to check out the outdoor movie websites for alternate dates and locations in the event of inclement weather!


Bradford Bypass Connecting Link Update


Posted on Jun 12, 2017

Read our first Bradford Bypass update here


For more than a decade, both the provincial government and residents of the north GTA have discussed the possibility of building a bypass that would connect two major Ontario highways – the 404 and 400 – north of Newmarket. Despite initial plans, the project (which become known as “the Bradford Bypass”) failed to materialize. However, the highway (which is now being called the “Connecting Link”) recently got one step closer to becoming a reality when it was officially added to the province’s updated Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe region on May 18, following a strong push by the public throughout 2016.


Bradford Bypass Hwy 400 to Hwy 404

According to the Town of East Gwillimbury website, “the Highway 400–404 Connecting Link is a proposed 16.2 kilometre, four-lane controlled access highway that will provide an east-west connection between Highway 400 in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Highway 404 in the Town of East Gwillimbury” that would help to “alleviate congestion on east-west corridors across the Holland Marsh” and “provide an alternative path from eastern Toronto and eastern Greater Toronto Area to Barrie and the rest of the Simcoe area.”


If approved, the Connecting Link would come as a response to the significant population and infrastructure growth that has occurred in the York Region and Simcoe County areas over the past few years. From 2006-2016, there was a population increase of over 20 per cent in York Region, and an increase of nearly 18 percent in Simcoe County*. The Growth Plan projects that the population of each area will rise by hundreds of thousands by the year 2041, and that the amount of jobs in the regions will increase drastically over this time. Approximately 50 per cent of York Region residents currently commute to other regions for their jobs, according to the Town of East Gwillimbury. The highway link would help to alleviate what is currently is, and is expected to be, heavy traffic during rush hours as people commute to and from the surrounding area for work. It would also aid in the development of businesses in the area which in turn would boost the economies of the respective regions.


There are currently no timelines in place for construction and completion of the Connecting Link, however a provincial environmental assessment is already underway.


We will keep you updated on the progress of the project.


*All figures are from Statistics Canada