Introduction to Greensborough Community
The Greensborough community is a large residential area in the northwest part of Markham. It is very popular with Markham residents – read on to find out why!
Greensborough Community – Location
Greensborough is located in the northwest corner of Markham and is boundaried by Ninth Line in the east, Markham Road in the west, Major Mackenzie Drive in the north and 16th Avenue in the south.
History of Greensborough Community
Greensborough was predominantly farmland until around 2005 when Donald Cousens Parkway was completed and residential development began. The community was built much like Cornell around a Smart Growth model which incorporated residential with low-density commercial development around lots of parkland spaces. This has made Greensborough an incredibly popular place for families to settle and a sense of community is evident here.
Greensborough has a good variety of homes to offer. Townhomes, bungalows and detached housing to name a few! All the homes are modern with charming features such as porches, or porticoes with balconies above or ‘turret’ style shaping. There is also a retirement community – ‘Swan Lake Village’ at 9th Line and 16th Avenue which is a gated condominium community in a peaceful setting overlooking Swan Lake. Swan Lake offers residents the benefits of condo living within a community of like-minded neighbours who share similar interests.
Transport & Commuting
Greensborough community has a Mount Joy GO station located towards the west of the neighbourhood. This is an 8-minute drive or a 9-minute bicycle ride from the areas furthest reaches. Highway 7 can be reached via Markham Road and Highway 407 is easily reached via Donald Cousens Parkway. Most people in this area have cars and getting around is very easy from here. There are bus routes through this area and cycling here is very popular too as roads are wide and there are bicycle lanes to use.
The neighbourhood has a variety of shopping plazas and places to shop. Along the Markham Road/16th Avenue corner there are two supermarkets, various take-out restaurants and some smaller businesses. As you go north along the Markham road, there are some big box stores and small businesses and another plaza – MarkhaMack Centre with an asian supermarket and other small businesses. Scattered around the neighbourhood are small businesses and medical clinics, mainly along Bur Oak Drive and Castlemore Road.
Parks & Recreation
There is lots of parks in this neighbourhood! Here is a list:
- Mount Joy Lake Park – natural areas, grassy areas in the grounds of Mount Joy community centre, soccer field, 3 lakes, walking trails
- Mount Joy Park – Children’s playground, 3 soccer fields, grassy areas, trails connecting to Mount Joy Lake Park
- Greensborough Williamson Skate Spot – Children’s playground, skate park, grassy areas
- Swan Lake Park – Children’s Playground, splash pad, gazebo, walking trails, mature trees, park benches, natural areas surround a lake with a fountain
- Alfred Peterson Pond – Grassy area with gazebo, natural area with walking trail and pond
- Harold Humphrey/Chancery Park – Children’s playground, gazebo, large grassy areas, soccer practice fields
- Greensborough Town Centre – Grassy area with gazebo and park benches
- Speight Park – Children’s playground, large grassy areas, walking paths, soccer field
- Castlemore Park/EBF Robinson Park – Children’s playground, walking trails, wooded area with mature trees
- John Morison Park/ Charing Cross Parkette – Large grassy area with newly planted trees and park benches
- Gordon Weedon Park – Large grassy area and large wood with walking trails and a small children’s play area
- Peter Bawden Park – Children’s playground, large grassy areas with walking paths and trees. Natural area with trees
- Nicolas Miller Park – Children’s playground, large grassy areas with walking paths and trees
- Art Latcham Park – Children’s playground, large grassy areas with walking paths and trees, gazebo, park benches and picnic tables
- White Pine Parkette – Grassy area
There is a community centre in Greensborough – the Mount Joy Community Centre which offers an ice rink with capacity for 300, 6 dressing rooms, an indoor and outdoor soccer field and meeting rooms for hire. For fitness centres, pool and gymnasium facilities the Cornell Community Centre is nearby.
There are 3 elementary schools and a high school in this neighbourhood. Sam Chapman Public Elementary School, Greensborough Public Elementary School, St Julia Billiart Catholic Elementary School and St Brother Andre Catholic High School. All of which are highly regarded. For more information on schools click here for a Complete Guide to Schools in Markham.
I am sure you can now see why Greensborough community is so popular with residents! With such a variety of homes, amenities and good schools I don’t wonder why people come here to live, work and bring up their families. It is a great place to live!