Bob Hunter Memorial Park
The Bob Hunter Memorial Park is located on provincially owned land in the protected greenbelt area of Markham. The new park lies on the western edge of the Rouge Valley, an area Hunter worked to shield from development.
The park is bordered by Highway 407 to the north, Steeles Avenue to the south, Little Rouge Creek (Rouge Park) to the east and the CPR railway line to the west. It comprises fields, farms, woodlots and ravines on the western edge of the Rouge Valley, noted for many plants and animals found only rarely in Canada.
Because it is adjacent to the Little Rouge Creek, part of the existing Rouge Park, its designation not only safeguards the site in perpetuity, but also further protects the Rouge Park by saving the last, best woodlands in the Town of Markham and two stream valleys that feed the Little Rouge Creek.
In 1969, Bob Hunter co-founded the international environmental organization, Greenpeace, with a group of like-minded environmental activists in Vancouver. He served as the organization's president for several years.
Recognized by Time Magazine as one of the "Eco-Heroes" of the 20th century, Hunter is credited with launching the modern environmental movement.
His campaigns -- like protesting nuclear testing and commercial whaling -- made an invaluable contribution to both the environment and our understanding of environmental issues.
Hunter was also a distinguished journalist, author and broadcaster. He wrote for major newspapers in Winnipeg and Vancouver, and won a Governor General's Award for non-fiction for his book Occupied Canada: A Young White Man Discovers His Unsuspected Past. Hunter also served as CityTV's ecology specialist from 1988 until he passed away last year. He was 63.