JANUARY UPDATE from Mayor Kevin Ashe

Dear Neighbours:

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and had some time for rest and relaxation with family and friends.  In this newsletter, you will find highlights of our council meeting from January 23, 2023, updates on the Pickering Casino Resort, and events happening around the City this winter season. I am proud to serve as your Mayor and I, along with City Council, will continue to work hard to make our community the best place to live, work, play and learn.

Council Meeting Highlights from January 23, 2023

  • Council approves $100,000 investment in The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre;
  • Council approves budget to purchase new equipment for Pickering Fire Services;
  • 2023 Interim Tax Levy approved.

Full Highlights are available here:

Pickering Casino Resort Update
OLG recently issued the City its third quarter non-tax gaming revenue payment of $3,857,611 for hosting the Pickering Casino Resort.

Since the site opened in July 2021, Pickering has received a total of $20,253,780 in casino revenue – and we’re proudly re-investing back into the community by funding a number of important current and capital budget items.

Projects funded by Casino revenue in 2022:

  • 19 community groups as part of the City’s Community Grants Program;
  • Elexicon dividend decrease;
  • Consulting for Naming Rights and Sponsorship Evaluation Strategy for City facilities (including City Centre);
  • City Centre project-related planning activities and design costs;
  • Gravel lot parking upgrades (behind Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex) – project has not yet started

By re-investing these funds back into the community, we are creating a City with more opportunities to live, work, play, and grow.

Pickering’s Natural Outdoor Ice Rinks
City staff are getting Pickering’s rinks ready for you to use!

In anticipation of colder temperatures, staff are out flooding all outdoor ice rinks

  • Rick Hull Memorial Park
  • Forestbrook Park
  • Claremont Memorial Park
  • Greenwood Park
  • Whitevale Park
  • Centennial Park
  • Frenchman’s Bay Rate Payers Memorial Park

Please stay away from the rinks until we have announced that they are open for use.

Visit pickering.ca/en/living/OutdoorSkating.

New Canine Activity Park
The City of Pickering is thrilled to announce that its Canine Activity Area, located in the new leash-free area in Dunmore Park, is now open to the public.

The new canine activity area, sponsored by PetValu, is the first of its kind in the GTA, comprised of ten activity stations that guide owners and their dogs through a number of fun exercises to build both skills and endurance.

The stations were created by canine experts, and are fully inclusive, meaning dogs of all sizes, ages, and training experience can enjoy them.

The area offers many benefits, including enriching and stimulating dogs by providing both fun and challenging activities to conquer and strengthening dog/owner relationships by providing a safe space to spend one-on-one time together.

Visit pickering.ca/CanineActivityArea to learn more.

Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review Event Registration

The City of Pickering is conducting a review of its zoning By-laws. The draft Zoning By-law and interactive map are available to review and comment on the Let’s Talk Pickering website at: https://letstalkpickering.ca/zonereview

You are invited to the following Open Houses and learn about the draft Zoning By-law:

Virtual Open House
Timing: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 (from 7 pm – 9 pm)
Location: Online (Webex invitation will be sent after registration)
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (905) 420-4660 ext. 1099 or zonereview@pickering.ca

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