Richvale Athletic Fields
Working closely with Town staff and the local community, Envision-Tatham had the opportunity to re-vision and transform the Richvale Athletic Fields in Richmond Hill. Located in the heart of the Richvale community, this 7.2 ha community park serves as an active recreational amenity for local residents and the adjacent Catholic School and is home to the Richvale Athletic Community Aquatic Centre. Through this $2M park renewal project, we were able to resolve pedestrian and vehicular connectivity and safety issues (access, trails, lighting, and parking), integrate active recreational lands with the adjacent Patterson Creek river valley, enhance the existing soccer and baseball facilities, and provide storm water management within the park. The design also provided thematic playground amenities around the Recreation Centre including an outdoor water splash feature and recycling system, as well as tot, junior, senior and adventure playgrounds. Of particular note, the diligent approach taken through the design of the water recycling system has become a municipal standard with respect to addressing potential health and safety risks related to water play features. Implementation and construction of the park improvements was completed in the fall of 2010.