In order to inform long-term planning for the Community Centre Lands (CCL), the Town conducted environmental testing in the area, which resulted in the detection of historical environmental contamination. Indoor air quality testing within the Keith Davis Tennis Club (KDTC) identified slight exceedances of Ministry standards for chlorinated solvent impacts (trichloroethylene), which is likely attributed to historic industrial or commercial activities in this area of Newmarket.
Based on the indoor air quality testing results and in consultation with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) as well as York Region Public Health (YR-PH), the Town’s environmental consultants determined that the clubhouse and tennis bubble were safe for use. While the facility has been closed since the end of December in accordance with the Province’s COVID-19 protocols, the Town continues to work with the KDTC to keep members apprised of the situation.
In consultation with the MECP and YR-PH, the installation of a sub-slab depressurization system was proposed by the Town’s environmental consultants as an effective solution to further improve the indoor air quality conditions within the KDTC. The Town’s environmental consultant engaged an environmental contractor to complete the installation of a sub-slab depressurization system and monitoring is currently underway. Within the next six weeks, follow-up testing will be conducted to ensure the system has resolved the indoor air quality conditions within the facility.
“Ensuring the health and safety of our community is the top priority for the Town of Newmarket,” said Mayor John Taylor. “We are pleased that a system has been quickly installed within the KDTC to ensure that the indoor air quality conditions are resolved. In consultation with the MECP and York Region Public Health, we have been assured by our environmental consultants that the KDTC is safe for use, however, the facility remains closed at this time due to the Provincial COVID-19 protocols.”
The Town and its environmental consultants will continue to work with the MECP, YR-PH, the KDTC and any impacted stakeholders, and will share additional information as it becomes available.
Should residents have any questions or concerns, they may contact the Town of Newmarket at 905-953-5300 ext. 2040.