Vibrant, Diverse, Complete Community

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Town of Milton biking trail

 

It’s no secret that Milton’s high quality of life and incredible amenities have attracted a very special population of young, highly educated individuals and families to call the community home.

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These same values that have also driven significant growth in Milton’s business community.

With access to growing pool of talent, continued investment in community infrastructure, and future plans in progress to bring post-secondary learning to Milton, it’s no wonder the Town has experienced such exponential Growth.

It’s all part of the Milton’s vision to build a complete community, one that is economically strong for years to come. Over the next few years, the Town is moving forward with a number of transformational projects that will continue to shape and enhance life in Milton.

Plans for an urban park, totalling almost 300 acres at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO world biosphere, are beginning to take shape.

The urban park will form a natural gateway linking Conservation Halton’s incredible waterfalls, ski hills, parks, trails, and opportunities for outdoor learning to several community assets.

Milton’s landmark park will afford a multitude of opportunities for residents and visitors to get outside and explore, with play features designed to complement and enhance the natural landscape, and sports fields and picnic areas integrated into the green space.

The park will boast extensive trails networks to provide residents with direct access to the Bruce Trail – Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, stretching from Niagara to Tobermorey.

This expansive 300 acre urban park is an investment in the design of a complete community, fostering the balanced development of high quality amenities and outdoor spaces to match the population growth, and meet the needs and wants of the community.

The park will also create linkages to two strategic projects currently in the works to drive economic growth and provide opportunities for lifelong learning; the Downtown Milton revitalization and the Milton Education Village.

Anchored at the East end by the Milton Centre for the Arts, a community hub of arts and cultural activity, and at the west end by the proposed urban park, Milton’s historic downtown core is a thriving centre for community events, seasonal farmer’s markets, shops and restaurants.

A comprehensive Downtown Study is currently underway, providing a roadmap for a revitalization of the core that will protect the existing heritage, create a civic square with a strong arts presence, and foster a vibrant, engaging public realm that will be a gathering space for the entire community.

The urban park will also create linkages between downtown Milton, the Escarpment trails, and the Milton Education Village (MEV), a comprehensively-planned, 400-acre neighbourhood that is currently home to the Mattamy National Cycling

Centre, and will be the future location of Milton’s post-secondary site, the MEV Innovation Centre, a transit hub, student and residential housing, and retail and commercial services.

The vision of the MEV began in 2008 with a Memorandum of Understanding between Wilfrid Laurier University and the Town of Milton, with the goal to bring a post-secondary campus to Milton. More than eight years later, those dreams are finally becoming a Reality.

In October of 2016, Milton celebrated the Province’s announcement of a post-secondary site in Milton and the Town continues to support Laurier, together with partner Conestoga College, as they work through the provincial process for the Milton site.

Post-secondary learning in Milton will focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), and will be an investment in the community that will create knowledge- based job opportunities and job growth for Milton’s highly-educated workforce.

Milton truly is a place of possibility, with a very special population of residents and businesses that have chosen to call Milton home. Milton’s story of growth is the story of the development of a complete community, reflecting Milton’s rich natural heritage, vibrant cultural diversity and spirit of innovation.