On February 22, 2016 following extensive consultation with City residents and other stakeholders, Council adopted the 2016 Program for "Honouring the Windfields Farm Legacy".
|Brief History of Windfields Farm|
In 1927, Col. R.S. McLaughlin, President of General Motors Canada, established Parkwood Stables at the northwest corner of Simcoe Street North and Conlin Road West. In the 1930s, Parkwood Stables was known for its show horses and racehorses with McLaughlin's daughters, Eleanor and Eileen, both being leading exhibitors at the largest shows in Canada and the United States.
In 1950, Col. R.S. McLaughlin sold Parkwood Stables to Edward Plunket (E. P.) Taylor, another prominent Canadian businessman. From the late 1960s to the mid-1980s Mr. Taylor's operation at Windfields Farm became the home of Canada's leading thoroughbred stallions and eventually the most successful thoroughbred operation in North America.
In 1976, Mr. Taylor was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame for his contribution to horse racing and breeding.
Northern Dancer, one of the most recognized names in horse racing to this day, was a Windfields Farm born; Canadian-bred thoroughbred racehorse who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, among other races, and became the most successful sire of the 20th century.
In April 2013 the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (U.O.I.T.) took ownership of a portion of the former Windfields Farm lands. Contained on these lands, in an area referred to as the core farm area, are the following key sites/buildings: the Northern Dancer Cemetery; the Arena and Barn 2 (which were both originally built for Parkwood Stables); Barn 6 (the Foaling Barn); and the Stallion Barn.
The iconic tree lined farm laneway connects Simcoe St N to the core farm area.
The key buildings in the core farm area generally date from the late 1920s and early 1930s and establish the character of the former farm. The Tudor Revival style of architectural detailing of half-timbering and stucco of the Arena is applied to many of the buildings on the former farm. Other common architectural details include rectangular window openings with multi-paned sash, gable roofs, rectangular floor plan and a cream, white and green colour palette for the building exterior.
|2016 Program for "Honouring the Windfields Farm Legacy"|
On May 22, 2012 City Council authorized City staff to work with Durham College and U.O.I.T. as part of a community advisory group to be established by the College/University and to work with Heritage Oshawa and others as appropriate to develop a plan to commemorate the legacy of Windfields Farm [Report DS-12-161].
In late 2013, U.O.I.T. established the Windfields Community Group to discuss memorial plans for Windfields Farm. This Committee was made up of representatives from U.O.I.T., the public, the City and Heritage Oshawa.
The Windfields Community Group was instrumental in initiatives to have Northern Dancer inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame, to have the core farm area "opened" to the public as part of Doors Open Oshawa 2014 and to have buildings in the core farm area assessed in building audits and heritage research reports.
In an effort to advance the legacy of the farm, the Development Services Department prepared a Draft Proposed Program for Honouring the Windfields Farm Legacy. Staff consulted with representatives of the E. P. Taylor family, the Windfields Community Group and Heritage Oshawa in preparing the Draft Proposed Program.
The Draft Proposed Program for "Honouring the Windfields Farm Legacy" was a "starting point" and was intended to generate discussion about actions and ideas that would serve to honour the farm.
Based upon feedback received through the public consultation process the Proposed Program for Honouring the Windfields Farm Legacy was developed and on February 22, 2016 Council adopted the 2016 Program for Honouring the Windfields Farm Legacy.