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Established area, enviable amenities

October 20, 2020

Living in Richmond Hill means you have the most enviable amenities at your fingertips and for new homeowners in OakRidge Meadows, everything you need is right here. From the shopping centres within minutes, to the luxury shopping malls just a short drive away. Every grocery store you could want, every home décor and improvement store you need. There are top-notch schools within walking distance, and the commute to nearby colleges and universities is easy, plus there are countless parks, trails and playgrounds to explore.

Everything you need is close by

Richmond Hill has a variety of shopping centres, from local shopping plazas to larger outdoor shopping centres and luxury shopping malls. From OakRidge Meadows, you are minutes to the newly-renovated Hillcrest Mall, Markville Shopping Centre, Pacific Mall, Vaughan Mills and Upper Canada Mall.

There are also numerous smaller plazas with pharmacies, hardware stores, home décor shops, a wide variety of wellness services and many choice grocery stores right where you need them.

Exploring parks, trails and more

The most significant green space in the city is the Oak Ridges Moraine. The neighbourhood of OakRidge Meadows is enveloped by the Moraine on three sides and families living here will have incredible access to this ecological treasure.

Exploring the 175-plus hectares full of mature forests, meadows, wetlands, river valleys and more is one of the best ways to connect with nature. Living beside the Oak Ridges Moraine means endless trails to scale and enjoying nature in a new way with every visit.

Additionally, the city has prioritized green space, parks, trails and playgrounds with amenities such as splash pads, tennis courts, outdoor skating loops and more. You don’t have to go far to find a beautiful spot for a picnic in the summer or an ice skate in the winter.

Cultural and creative opportunities

From live performances to art galleries to dance and photography studios, Richmond Hill has endless cultural and creative opportunities to explore. Access to these amenities has been identified by the city in its Cultural Plan as integral to the diversity and strong sense of community and inclusion among Richmond Hill residents.

Recently, the Richmond Hill David Dunlap Observatory re-opened its doors to the public as a city-owned facility. From 1935 to 2007, the Observatory was at the forefront of Canadian astronomical research and it will now continue to be a regional centre for astronomy education and public outreach. Community members can experience the wonders of astronomy through exciting programs and historical tours.

Richmond Hill continues to enhance the public realm with artistic experiences such as the Richmond Hill Central Library Garden sculpture and the Richmond Hill Memorial Veteran Statue at the Cenotaph in front of the McConaghy Centre.

Close to 100,000 people attend the numerous festivals and events that take place across Richmond Hill every year, celebrating local culture, talent, heritage and achievements – and giving residents that opportunity to connect with one another.

Connecting with nature in Richmond Hill

For those who love nature walks, hikes and cycling, Richmond Hill is very walk-friendly and bike-friendly. In the city, there are 90 kilometres of dedicated bicycle-only routes and 57 kilometres of bike routes with edge line or shared-lane markings (sharrows). In residential areas and business parks, there are 13 kilometres of bike lanes.

The city is planning to construct 155 kilometres of sidewalk over the next 25 years and an additional 19 kilometres of new or improved trails to the already 150 kilometres of trails throughout Richmond Hill.

Local libraries are community hubs

There are four local brances of the Richmond Hill Public Library: Central Library, Oak Ridges Library, Richmond Green Library and Richvale Library. The Richmond Hill Public Library has served the local community for more than 165 years!

Each branch is an inclusive centres for learning with more than 1 million in-person visits every year and more than 2.1 million collection items borrowed, and more than 66,000 attendees of the various programs offered, the value of the library as a community hub is not lost on us.

Enviable amenities all around you

Living in Richmond Hill, the variety of amenities around you is astounding. From top-rated schools, to shopping centres, parks, nature trails, community centres and libraries, everything you need and want to enhance your life is close by.