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Dear Members of the Cornell Community,  

It’s time to have your say!
The Town of Markham is asking for suggestions for an official name for the new community centre that will soon be opened in Cornell at the corner of Bur Oak and Church Street.  We encourage you to submit your input!  
Two months ago, the Town of Markham established a formal policy and process for naming public facilities like this community centre. 
This policy states that any new facility name must have any or all of the following qualities:

  • Names should have a direct relationship with the facility location (e.g. connection to location, history of area or site) or be consistent with a theme.
  • Recognize an individual or organization that provides a significant sponsorship or donation.
  • Honor someone who has provided significant contribution 

The process states that naming suggestions must be solicited from members of the community. 
The Town has announced that they are now ready to receive naming suggestions from the community for our new facility at Bur Oak & Church. The Town has asked that individuals submit naming suggestions by Friday April 27to They've given the following guidance:
Submission requirements:
1. Suggested name
2. Reasons for suggesting the name
3. Civic/historical/geographic/cultural qualities
4. If named after a person:
a. Biography including description of their contribution to Markham
b. Explanation of why this facility would be appropriate
Submit to:
Commissioner of Community & Fire Services
Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Blvd
Markham, ON L3R 9W3
Submission deadline: Friday, April 27, 2012
*Read the Facility and Park Naming policy at
Thank you to everyone that signed the petition to name the new community centre at Bur Oak and Church Street "the Cornell Community Centre and Library".  In keeping with the naming tradition of the Town's other facilities, such as the Angus Glen, Milliken Mills, Mt Joy, etc., Community Centres, it just makes sense.  Cornell is a well-known area of Markham, and as such, is a community that is easily identifiable and located.  Keeping "Cornell" in the name of this facility will ensure that the location is accurately conveyed to the residents and patrons. Of course, the CRPA Board will be submitting our petition, which was signed by hundreds, to the Town immediately. 
CRPA Board of Directors

Thanks to our Rink Volunteers

A big thank you from the CRPA to Bryan Lambert, the Mews Park rink crew as well as Mike and the White's Hill rink crew and all the volunteers from our community who helped to maintain the ice rinks in Cornell this past winter. Your hours of construction, flooding and dedication to keeping the rinks safe and skateable are much appreciated by everyone in Cornell. Even though it wasn't a typically cold Ontario winter, you did a great job under challenging conditions and the pictures from Family Day really show how much the neighborhood enjoyed the rinks

Family Day Skating at Mews Park Rinks

Come out on Family Day, Monday February 20th, and enjoy one of the very few natural ice rinks in Markham. It looks like the weather will be favourable for the weekend and the Mews Park Rinks should be open. On Monday, both rinks will be SKATING ONLY.....NO SHINNY between noon and 5 pm. This has been a popular event in years past. Have a skate, meet new friends and old, people watch and have some coffee or hot chocolate from the nearby Hasty Mart. You might even get to meet some of the hard-working Mews Park Rink Crew! Hope to see you there!

2012 Annual General Meeting Minutes

On Thursday, January 19th the CRPA held our Annual General Meeting. We would like to thank everyone from the community who made it out (even in the snow!) as well as our guest presenters. The evening was very informative and we hope everyone enjoyed it. For those that were unable to attend, here are the minutes from the meeting, as well as a copy of the presentations that were made.

2012 Annual General Meeting

The Cornell Rate Payers Association is holding their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, January 19th, 2012. It is being held at Cornell Village Public School (in the gym), located at 186 Country Glen Rd in Cornell Village. Meeting starts at 7 pm, there will be an agenda presented by the board and by community leaders, as well as an open house portion and Q&A.

Agenda highlights include:

  • Year in review by CRPA President Susan Taylor
  • CRPA financial update by Treasurer Lee Ann Donaldson
  • Introduction of new board members
  • YRDSB plans for Cornell high school and public schools
  • Markham Stouffville Hospital expansion plans
  • Town of Markham new community centre in Cornell (proposed naming policy and presentation of plans) Thank you to everyone who signed our petition!
  • York Regional Police, Fire & Emergency Services and local builders will be on hand as well

This is a great opportunity to renew your membership – only $5 per household! 
Hope to see you all there!


Last updated April 5, 2012

Cached at: 4/20/2012