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  • Town is ready to create Newmarket’s iconic Mulock Park

    Created: Monday, December 04, 2023

    ​The Town of Newmarket is gearing up to start construction on its most significant capital project – the Mulock Park. The corner of Mulock Drive and Yonge Street will see the creation of a 16-acre green oasis and community gathering space in the heart of a growing urban area. The Town has awarded the contract for the Mulock Park construction project to Matheson Constructors Ltd. Park construction is targeted to take place from the end of 2023 to 2025 with park opening anticipated in 2026.  Key elements of the four-season destination include a skating trail, water features, natural discovery playscape, greenhouse conservatory and artist studio with public art woven throughout the landscape. 

    "We are on the road to building something truly amazing for our community," says Newmarket Mayor John Taylor. "Council is excited to see Mulock Park come to life and we are confident this substantive investment will be greatly valued by our current residents and future generations. Newmarket is taking another big step forward to ensure that this is one of the best places to live in all of Canada."  

    The Mulock Park Project is the Town's most significant capital project and will become one of Newmarket's largest parks and public gathering spaces, delivering much needed greenspace and amenities to a growing community. To bring the community's vision to life based on today's current market realities, Council has approved an additional $16 million, bringing the park works to $64.2 million. 

    The Town conducted a competitive bid process and secured the best possible market price for constructing the park. These tender results reflect current costs in the marketplace which have shifted drastically, due to inflation and rising construction costs. The Non-Residential Building Construction Price Index (NRBCPI) has increased 33% since the original budget for Mulock Park was estimated in 2021. A recent scan of municipal recreation projects shows other local projects increasing by as much as 60 – 110%. The construction cost for Mulock Park has increased by 39% which is a lower increase than most other municipal recreation projects.  

    The Mulock Park Project will continue to be funded through grants, development charges and a variety of reserve funds with no impact to property taxes.   

    Something for everyone 

    Thousands of community members shared their ideas for the future of this landmark property which will include something for everyone, from active exploration to peaceful retreat, artistic expression, historic education and reflection.  

    The Master Plan offers a four-season experience, including a winter skate trail through the woods linked to a skating area which converts to a summer water play feature for cooling and splashing for all ages. A greenhouse conservatory will provide a beautiful four-season indoor garden space, connected to a studio space for a rotating artist residency. Visitors will also discover public art across the site. The great lawn offers a natural canvas for open enjoyment (reading, a picnic, yoga and more) and has the capacity to host concerts and events. The ecology of the site will be thoughtfully adapted and linked by a network of paths and gardens, while focusing on keeping it natural and taking care of the magnificent mature tree canopy.

    The Mulock House is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and will be preserved, updated, and re-imagined with a café, event space and art gallery in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) . The house is currently in the design stage and will be constructed under a separate and coordinated project, set to open alongside the overall park.   

    The Town of Newmarket has awarded Matheson Constructors Ltd. with the contract to construct the park portion, following the Mulock Property Master Plan developed by PLANT Architect Inc. (PLANT) and the Town, inspired by the community's collective vision.  

    Stay connected 

    Residents can stay up to date on the Mulock Park Project, read 'Boots on the Ground' updates and sign up for a Milestone Newsletter at heynewmarket.ca/mulockpark.

    About the Park Project Contractor

    Matheson Constructors Ltd. is an Aurora-based general contractor with expertise spanning buildings, civil infrastructure, industrial, and interiors. As a trusted partner, Matheson uses the latest digital technology to help their partners solve complex construction challenges to deliver on the most ambitious project goals. The firm is currently leading the Carrville Community Centre, Library, and District Park project in Vaughan which includes a skate trail, playground and sports courts within a 10-acrepark and a 90,000 sq. ft. community recreation centre. Since 2008, Matheson has led a variety of construction projects throughout Ontario, including many in York Region, such as the new York Region Paramedic Services station in Markham and York Region Transit Bus Facility Expansion in Richmond Hill.