Coultice Park, the long-awaited and much-discussed family facility by Musselman’s Lake finally opened in June to rave reviews and big crowds.

The five acres of land was donated to the community by the Coultice family who once farmed the land. Natalie Coultice, surrounded by extended family and Town officials, explained to the crowds that the park was a living tribute to her father, the late James Coultice who was passionate about the community and wanted to make sure the land was preserved for the community’s use.

The formal ribbon cutting to the park that features cutting-edge environmental technology was an emotional one for Natalie Coultice noting how close the opening was to Father’s day.

To kids, the park yells fun with its expansive climbing apparatus and splash pad, but the bathrooms, parking and hiking area will probably be well appreciated by parents.

But Town officials were also quick to tout the low environmental impact technology that is embedded, but not obvious to the casual observer. From a rainwater recovery system that feeds the washroom facilities to the “natural” water filtering system beneath the main area and permeable pavement that absorbs rainwater, all are meant to replicate nature’s best features while reducing flooding stormwater runoff and “recharge” groundwater reserves with no harm to the environment or nearby lake.

Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Leisure and Community Services Director, Rob Raycroft noted that “after a decade of intense research and planning, Coultice Park has finally come to fruition. We have thoroughly taken into consideration residents’ wants and needs in a neighbourhood park and I believe they will be very happy with this.”