German Mills Settlers’ Park, Thornhill / Markham ON

German Mills Settlers’ Park is beautiful piece of nature located on the border of Toronto and Markham in a historical Thornhill location.

Thanks to a wise policy by local municipality of Markham, ongoing contribution from volunteers and such groups as Thornhill Summit Scouts, Toronto Field Naturalists and to a great delight of the members of neighbouring communities this park has become a unique wildlife habitat and a wonderful natural resort just in the midst of urban Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  It’s impossible to even imaging that before 1970, part of this place was a gravel pit and consequently a landfill site.

This is the wonder that the nature can make – just 37 years without destructive human intrusion restored the natural balance and brought back salmon and other fish to the creek, welcomed over 70 species of birds currently sighted in the park (among them even bobolink birds, who have chosen this meadow only among other two in GTA as their nesting place), made this park a livng place for 15 species of mammals, including deer and hares, as well as reptiles and butterflies.

We all should cherish this fragile balance and protect it for the future generations of the people of the Town of Markham, City of Toronto, Town of Richmond Hill and City of Vaughan.  This is our shared privilege to enjoy this place and also a shared responsibility to keep it clean, safe and protected from possible infringements by any group or organization  who may try to conceal their destructive plans by using pseudo-environmental rhetoric.

 

More sources to read about German Mills Settlers’ Park:

Areas Served Markham
Address Notes Thornhill
Major Intersection South of John St, West of Leslie St
Office Phone Customer Service: 905-415-7535
Administrative: 905-477-7000
Sportsfield Reservations: 905-415-7509
Description This 26 hectare (65 acre) natural area park is part of the German Mills Creek System. Within this peaceful walking area, a new gazebo commemorates the Millennium, the park has been planted over the past number of years by the Thornhill Summit Scouts. The open area on the west side of the creek was a gravel pit and a landfill site

Read more: http://york.cioc.ca/record/MKM3456

Map of German Mills Settlers Park

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