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Mayor Column June 2016

Council committed to enhancing recreation options - June 23, 2016

East Gwillimbury is a place where everyone feels welcome. It is one of the unique qualities that draws people to our Town. I am proud to be part of a Council that prides itself on building a complete community, which we are doing by providing outstanding recreational programming and community events.

As part of the Town’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan, Council committed to reviewing and enhancing programs and services to meet the needs of our growing community. This includes delivering high quality Town events for residents to enjoy.

Our Town events provide the opportunity for everyone to become a part of the EG community, get to know their neighbours, interact with Town Council, all while enjoying arts, culture and recreation. 

Many Town events are planned by committees comprised of members of local community groups, residents and staff. This ensures that the Town is hearing what is important to our community and doing our best to make your vision for community events a reality.

As the weather heats up I invite you to stay close to home this summer and be part of the Town’s full summer line up of free, family activities and events. 

Staff and volunteers are hard at work preparing for tomorrow’s Canada Day celebration. Visit the Sharon Temple from 11-4 to enjoy a full line up of free family activities including a petting zoo, live music, face painting and games. At 7 p.m. head to the Mount Albert Lions Community Centre for live music, children’s activities and the Town’s annual fireworks display. New this year, the Town will be providing a free shuttle from Ross Family Complex and Sports Complex. 

Music at Civic Square returns every other Tuesday in July and August. The ever popular concert series continues to grow every year, with more residents enjoying an evening of free music. Last year we had a great turn out with over 500 people per concert. 

The concert series will open on July 12 with The Mudmen, who wrote the new Hockey Night in Canada song. Also new this year is Eh440, a Toronto-based a cappella group with an exciting new sound. Old favourites include The Connie Scriver Band, and of course, Hotel California, a popular request each year that always promises to bring out a great crowd! 

This year, we are looking to expand our concert series and go mobile! Watch for news about pop up concerts in Mount Albert and Holland Landing. 

On October 1st, the Town, in partnership with the East Gwillimbury Public Library, Network North and the Sharon Temple, will host Culture Days EG! This new event will celebrate arts and culture in our community and feature a variety of vendors and live music. 

I would like to thank our local sponsors and partners who we continue to work with to expand our events, offering more activities and entertainment for the enjoyment of all!

Visit our website or follow the Town on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on summer events!