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Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Latitude: (44.0000, Longitude: -79.466111
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Aurora is a city in Ontario, Canada at latitude 44° 0′ 0″ North, longitude 79° 27′ 58″ West.

Who

My name is Blake Crosby and I have been a resident of Aurora for 23 years and has seen the population grow from 15,000 to 45,000 people.

How you can help

Are you familiar with Aurora, Ontario? If so, feel free to contribute to the map.

If you would like to contribute to the mapping effort, email Blake at me@blakecrosby.com.

Resources

Town of Aurora Website

Town of Aurora Map

Out of Copyright Maps

I have sent an email to the Aurora Public Library to inquire as to whether they have out of copyright maps that I can use. Update: The oldest maps they have are from 1994.

Plan

The following timetable has been proposed for GPS tracing. The reference grid used for area definitions is from the "official" map of the town as provided by the town itself.

Note: Now that the weather is nice, i'm focusing on getting the trails mapped.

February 28, 2008

Grid F3 east of Bayview Ave.
Grid F4 north of Wellington Street

View Trace

March 1, 2008

Grid F1, south of St. Johns Sideroad & east of Bayview Ave.
Grid F2, east of Bayview Ave.
Grid F4, north of Wellington St.
Grid G1, south of St. Johns Sideroad
Grid G2
Grid G3
Grid G4, north of Wellington St.
Grid H1, south of St. Johns Sideroad
Grid H2
Grid H3
Grid H4, north of Wellington St.
Grid I1, south of St. Johns Sideroad & west of Highway 404
Grid I2, west of Highway 404
Grid I3, west of Highway 404
Grid I4, north of Wellington St. & west of Highway 404

View Trace

March 2, 2008

Area bounded by:

East of Bayview Avenue
West of Highway 404
South of Wellington Street
North of Bloomington

View Trace

March 11, 2008

Area bounded by:
Vandorf Sideroad/Industrial Parkway S
Yonge Street
Bloomington Road
Bayview Ave.

March 15, 2008

Grid D6
Grid D7
Grid E6
Grid E7
Grid F6
Grid F7
Bounded by: North of Vandorf Side Road, East of Yonge St, West of Bayview Ave. View Trace

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Grid D4, south of Wellington Street
Grid E4, south of Wellington Street
Grid F4, west of Bayview
20080312

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Grid E3
Grid E4, north of Wellington Street
Grid F3, West of Bayview Grid F4, North of wellington, East of Bayview. 20030813

Detail Level

The completed map will contain the following details

  • All roads
  • Railways (including level crossings, and viaducts)
  • Town boundary
  • Parks, Including:
    • Baseball Diamonds
    • Soccer Fields
    • Lawn Bowling
    • Tracks
    • Playgrounds
  • Water (streams, lakes, rivers)
  • Schools (Private, Public, Seperate/Catholic. All levels, day care, public, secondary)
  • Churches and cemeteries
  • Golf Courses
  • Municipal buildings such as:
    • Libraries
    • Police Stations
    • Firehalls
    • Community centres
    • Town Hall
  • Parking

The following items may be added if known:

  • Proposed roads
  • Proposed amenities (schools, etc..)
  • Neighbourhood names

The following items will be added as time permits:

  • Gas stations
  • Food
  • Lodging
  • Traffic lights
  • Stop signs
  • Speed bumps and traffic calming areas
  • Speed limits
  • School Zones
  • Public Transit routes
  • Mailboxes
  • Easements and paths
  • Increased detail on short boulevards. Specifically, split them up into two one way direction ways. For Example, see Borealis Ave between Bayview Ave/Conover Ave.

Issues/Problems

Yonge St.

Most maps show Yonge St. from the CN Bridge (in the south) to St. John's Sideroad as a secondary road, not a primary road.

This makes sense to me, because the speed limit drops from 80km/h to 50km/h in the core of the town. However, it is still a 4 lane highway (2 lanes each way) with dedicated turn lanes.

Since there is no standard for tagging roads in Canada yet... this way might be re-tagged differently in the future.

The primary road type should really only be used for non-400 series provincial highways that are still assumed by the province. Yonge does not fall into this category, --2dfx 03:05, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Parks

  • Most school playgrounds are shared with parks. It's hard to determine park limits as they blend in with the school yard. Should the park include the school yard, or not? I have been outlining parks with the assumption that they do not include the school yard.
  • Highland field is used mainly by the Aurora Soccer club and is not really a park perse. Should it be tagged with sport=soccer

Alliance Forest

Does this forest extend south of Vandorf Sideroad?

Metadata (Tags)

Include as much meta data as possible, in most cases level of detail will increase as time permits.

For example: Include locations of schools. Metadata for school can include phone number, grade level, etc.. which will be added later.

To-Do/Outstanding

Things that need to get done, or redone:

GPS

  • Kane Crescent. Only north half of crescent traced.
  • Water body south of River Ridge Boulevard.
  • Water body west of Matson Court
  • Grid F3/F4 Trace roads that attach to Wellington/Bayview
  • Construction site, entrance off St. John's Sideroad (Mavrinac Blvd.)
  • Magna properties (Magna Golf Course, entrance off leslie)
  • Vandorf Side Road, East of Bayview / West of Leslie and associated residential areas. (cant use yahoo imagery due to clouds/low res)
  • Double check accuracy/gps tracks of Lewis Honey Way/Mavrinac Boulevard
  • Falconwood Hollow . blocked by gate
  • Beacon Hall Drive . blocked by gate
  • Crossing Bridge Place . blocked by gate
  • Danbrook Court
  • Stonecliffe Crescent
  • Cousins drive east of Edward Street
  • Iber Court
  • Wenderly Drive
  • Dunning Ave
  • Berczy Street south of Mosley street
  • highway 404 on/off ramps

Metadata/Tagging

  • add lanes=* to roads that have more than one lane in each direction
  • add layer=1 to roads/bridges that cross over highway 404

Ways

  • Convert single way roads, to dual way roads where boulevards exist.
  • Ensure proper tagging of highway 404. including on/off ramps, bridges, exit numbers

Bus Routes

  • Proper tagging technique? see Bayview avenue for example. Right now using route=bus and bus_name=<routename>

Cycle Routes

  • Added a cycle route using proper tags. It is not appearing on the cycle map. Sent an email to Andy. Update: Andy is aware of the problem and has added Toronto and Western Canada to the rendering schedule.

Trails

  • Finish trails in Arbouretum

Parks

To-Do list for parks:

Official list

ADA PARK
ALLENVALE PARK BLOCK
ALLIANCE FOREST
ATKINSON PARK
AURORA COMMUNITY CENTRE
AURORA WAR MEMORIAL PEACE PARK
BILLINGS WELL
BOWLER STREET PARKETTE
CANINE COMMONS LEASH FREE DOG PARK
CASE WOODLOT
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
CHAPMAN PARK
CIVIC SQUARE
CONFEDERATION PARK
COPLAND PARK
COUSINS PARK
CRADDOCK PARK
DEERGLEN TERRACE PARKETTE
ELIZABETH HADER PARK
EVANS PARK
FLEURY PARK
GOLF GLEN PARK
GRAHAM PARKETTE
HAMILTON PARK & OPEN SPACE
HARMON PARK
HERB MCKENZIE PARK
HICKSON PARK
HEATHWOOD HEIGHTS TO TREEGROVE CIRCLE TRAIL
HIGHLAND FIELD
HOLLAND VALLEY TRAIL SYSTEM / NOKIIDAA TRAIL / ARBORETUM
JACK WOOD PARK
JAMES LLOYD PARK
KHAMISSA PARK
LAKEVIEW TRAIL SYSTEM
LAMBERT WILLSON PARK - AURORA FAMILY LEISURE COMPLEX
LIONS PARK
LIONS PARKETTE
LUNDY PARK
MACHELL PARK
McCLELLAN HEIGHTS PARK
MCMAHON PARK
MONKMAN CRESCENT PARKETTE
NORM WELLER PARK
OPTIMIST PARK
POPLAR PARK (not town park,privately run)
ROTARY PARK
SESTON PARK
SHEPPARDS BUSH
SUMMIT PARK
TAMARAC GREEN
TAYLOR PARK
THOMPSON PARK
TIMBERS PARK
TOM'S PARK
TOWN HALL
TOWN PARK
VALHALLA PARK
VANDORF WOODLOT & HOLLAND RIVER VALLEY PHASE II (guessed from sat image. need to double check)
WILLIAM KENNEDY PARK
WILLOW FARM VALLEY
WILSON PARK

Golf Courses

Aurora Highlands Golf
Beacon Hall Golf Club
Westview Golf Club
St. Andrews Valley Golf Club
Magna Golf Club

Tennis Courts

Fleury Park - 4 Courts
McMahon Park - 3 Courts
Norm Weller Park - 2 Courts
Summit Park 2 - Courts

Bus Routes

Viva blue
Route 31 - Aurora North
Route 32 - Aurora South
Route 33 - Wellington
Route 34 - Industrial Parkway
Route 44 - Bristol-London/Dial-a-Ride
Route 52 - Holland Landing
Route 54 - Bayview North
Route 55 / 55B - Davis Drive
Route 56 - Gorham-Eagle
Route 57 / 57A - Mulock Drive
Route 58 / 58A - Leslie North
Route 98 - Yonge North
Route 222 - Aurora-Newmarket GO Shuttle
Route 223 - Newmarket GO Shuttle
Route 520 - Newmarket Community Bus
Route 521 - Newmarket Community Bus
Route 420 - Newmarket High School via Savage
Route 421 - Newmarket High School via Stonehaven
Route 422 - Huron Heights High School
Route 423 - Newmarket High School Special
Route 424 - Keswick High School via Church
Route 425 - Holland Landing - Huron Heights
Route 443 - Cardinal Carter High School