Winter 2017/2018
City of Pickering

Pickering recognized for website excellence 

We recently undertook a redesign to our website to ensure an intuitive and responsive web experience across all devices and screen sizes. was recognized three times:
  • Gold in the Marcom Awards
  • Gold in the Hermes Creative Awards
  • Standard of Excellence WebAward in the WebAward Competition

Click on the feedback tab on any page of our website to let us know what
you think, and visit for more awards and accolades.
Pickering recognized as one of the top Smart21 communities in the world for second year in a row!

Pickering is committed to intelligent community development to create a more connected, engaged, inclusive, and sustainable City. 

This commitment has been recognized by the Intelligent Community
Forum (ICF), who has named Pickering one of the world's Smart21
Communities of 2017 and 2018. Visit for more information. 
Construction has started on a new Operations Centre

The new Operations Centre will be located on Clements Road, east of Squires Beach Road, next to the Pickering Soccer Centre.

The construction is scheduled to be complete May 2019, giving staff enough time to make the move from their current location at 2570 Tillings Road, and be ready for 2019 winter operations. The existing facility is over 40 years old, has reached capacity, and is unable to accommodate future growth.
Park projects underway

Thank you to everyone who participated in the process of providing  direction on Pickering recreation and  parks over the next ten  years. The input received has helped shape the development  of the Recreation & Parks Master Plan and Skateboard Park  Strategy.

View these documents online, and stay tuned on future

Project Background: The park is located on the northeast corner of Liverpool Road and Commerce Street, next to the former Holy Redeemer Catholic Elementary School site, which is being redeveloped for residential uses by Madison Liverpool Limited. As part of community improvement, the developer is providing the City funds to go towards reconstructing the park. 

Project cost: $330,279 (most of the cost will be covered by  developer Madison Liverpool Limited) 

Project description: Work will include converting the basketball  court to a multi-use court, construction of a playground area,  installation of a shade structure, installation of a pathway  system and lighting using LED light fixtures, park benches  and waste receptacles, and tree planting.

Project Background: Glengrove Park was constructed in the early 70s and the playground was
constructed in 1995. Many of the amenities have exceeded their life expectancy and are being upgraded to meet today's accessibility standards. Many trees in the park have died due to the Emerald Ash Borer. 

Project cost: $301,925 

Project description: Replacement of basketball courts, upgrades to the playground area and structure, replacement and extension of the asphalt paths and pathway lighting to Brands Court, Rosefield Road and Fieldlight Boulevard, site furniture, and tree planting.

We're currently undergoing a Master Plan to help us understand what the current usage of the park is, and what activities and/or features users feel would be appropriate to add, remove or enhance to make the park a more desirable and usable space in the community. 

Visit to stay updated on the project.
We're updating our Taxicab Licensing By-law

Members of the public and industry stakeholders were
invited to provide their feedback.

The updates will incorporate regulations that would
govern Transportation Network Companies (TNCs).

TNCs utilize a mobile application to connect passengers
with drivers for hire, and include ride-sharing services
such as Uber and Lyft.

Visit for information.more.
Be winter wise 
Residents are responsible for  removing ice and snow from  sidewalks in front of, or beside,  their property within 24 hours  after a snowfall. This helps  ensure that everyone has  a safe passage along our  sidewalks. Visit  for important winter reminders.


Habitat enhancement projects  help boost Altona Forest
This 53-hectare park continues to provide essential habitat for a large number of plants and animals, thanks to the support of meaningful partnerships and successful funding efforts.

We recently received a $5,470 grant from the Province of Ontario, through the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund. City staff worked with the Altona Forest Stewardship Committee, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School to:

  • plant 150 trees, including white oak, silver maple, spruce and willows, and fruit berry shrubs, in recognition of Ontario and Canada's 150th anniversary
  • install 8 habitat boxes for a variety of song birds, bats, and owls
  • install an educational interpretive sign

As part of their Celebrating Sustainable Neighbourhoods Program win, Altona Forest Stewardship Committee worked with City staff to raise the profile of a neighbourhood entrance to the Forest, to encourage people to visit, and learn more. This included planting seven native trees, and installing an accessible walkway, bench, waste receptacle, signage, and butterfly garden.

Slow down campaign

The City of Pickering is adopting a 'Please Slow  Down' campaign, aimed to encourage motorists  to  slow down when travelling on residential streets.  Residents will be able to get a lawn sign from the City,  to place on their property annually from April 1 to  November 30. Please stay tuned at  for details, coming spring 2018.