Cycling Event Donates $478,000 to Milton Velodrome

NEWS RELEASE – August 8, 2012

Cycling Event Proceeds of $478,000 Donated to Milton’s Velodrome

 The Town of Milton is honoured to be the recipient of more than $478,000 for the Mattamy Cycling Centre – Home of Canadian Cycling. The funds have been raised from the eighth annual Tour de Bleu, Mattamy’s annual cycling fundraiser, to be held on August 12, 2012.

“On behalf of Milton Council, I would like to thank to all of the Tour de Bleu participants and Mattamy Homes for their support,” said Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz. “The funds raised during this event will greatly help us with our fundraising goals for the new Mattamy Cycling Centre.”

A total of 40 riders, including professional cyclist and 17-year Tour de France veteran George Hincapie, are participating in this year’s event. The cyclists will take one of three routes, a 100-, 150- or 200-kilometre route from Muskoka to the finish line in front of Milton’s Town Hall West (Victoria Park, 150 Mary Street).

Spectators are invited to cheer on the riders along the route and at the finish line which cyclists are expected to cross at approximately 4:00 p.m. 

“I am so excited that this year’s Tour de Bleu will benefit the new Mattamy Cycling Centre in Milton,” said Peter Gilgan, Founder and CEO Mattamy Homes.  “Our vision is for the new velodrome to become the premiere home of Canadian cycling in Canada and benefit the people of Milton and all of Ontario.  Hopefully one day a young rider in Milton who will train at the new centre will become a world champion.”

The proposed Mattamy Cycling Centre, located near Louis St. Laurent Ave. and Tremaine Rd., will be a 250-metre oval cycling track with banked corners and 1,500 permanent seats that will house cycling events for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.  The new cycling centre will also provide residents with access to recreation spaces that are non-cycling related, including a gymnasium, walking track, fitness centre and multi-purpose space.

The Tour de Bleu, created by cyclist and philanthropist Peter Giglan in 2005, has raised over $4 million for community projects and initiatives, including the Trillium Health Centre and Sick Kids as well as other health, recreation and community charities. For further information on the Tour de Bleu, visit http://www.mattamyhomes.com/tourdebleu/About.asp.

For more information on the velodrome, visit www.milton.ca/en/townhall/velodrome.asp or call 905-878-7252, ext. 2581.

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For further information, please contact:  Jennifer Reynolds, Director, Community Services 905-878-7252, ext. 2180

Pedestrian Bridge Approved Public Input Requested

From the newswire of the Town of Milton

NEWS RELEASE

April 25, 2012

Milton connects communities with pedestrian bridge

The construction of a pedestrian bridge over the existing Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), between Thompson Road and James Snow Parkway, has been approved by Milton Council.  Construction will begin in May 2012 and is anticipated to be completed at the end of 2012.

A Public Information Session, detailing the plans and designs of the bridge, will be held on May 10, 2012, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., with a brief presentation taking place at 6:30 p.m. The session will be held at the Milton Sports Centre, Banquet Room, 605 Santa Maria Blvd..

The overpass, which includes accessible ramps, asphalt walkways, lighting and landscaping, will provide a much-needed connection between Clarke Neighbourhood to the north and Dempsey Neighbourhood to the south. It will allow more direct pedestrian access to the GO Station, Bishop Reding Secondary School, Milton Leisure Centre, Centre for the Arts, Memorial Arena and the downtown area.

Identified in both the Bristol Secondary Plan and the 2007 Trails Master Plan, the pedestrian bridge will provide a safer alternative for crossing the railroad tracks for both pedestrians and cyclists while adding to the trail routes within the Town.

Following three public consultations in 2008 and discussions with CPR and Conservation Halton, a detailed design of the pedestrian bridge was completed. At the beginning of 2011, the project was approved by Milton Council to be moved up from 2018 to 2012.

Additional information about this project is available on the Town of Milton website (http://www.milton.ca/en/townhall/cp_railwaypedestrianbridge.asp) or by calling 905-878-7252, ext. 2571 or 2169.

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For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Reynolds Director, Community Services – 905-878-7252, ext. 2180

Liliana Busnello, Communications Specialist – 905-878-7252, ext. 2154