The City of Oshawa officially dedicated The Nathan and Marvin Goldman Woodlot this week in recognition of the Goldman family’s commitment and contribution to building new homes and creating communities over the last 65 years.
The woodlot is 37 acres and is adjacent to the Harmony Creek Conservation Area in northeast Oshawa. It is named in honour of prominent home and community builders, Nathan and Marvin Goldman and is dedicated to the citizens of the city for their recreational enjoyment.
“You have literally helped to build Oshawa to what it is today,” Oshawa Mayor John Henry told the group gathered at the woodlot near Kettering Park for the reveal of the town sign. City and regional councillors, staff, representatives from the local and provincial home builders’ associations and friends and family were in attendance.
“The Goldmans have also been leaders in keeping Oshawa ‘green’ and the naming of this woodlot in their honour is a fitting tribute,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of Oshawa’s Community Services Committee.
BILD member, Jeff Goldman of Durham Custom Homes, said a few words on behalf of his late father, Nathan and told the group that the Goldman family would be making a $10,000 donation to upgrade and expand the trail system and amenities within the Goldman Woodlot.
Nathan’s brother, Marvin, was also at the dedication ceremony. The patriarch homebuilder, their father Harry was a carpenter by trade and came from Eastern Europe in the 1920s. In 1950, Harry and his son, Nathan, established a residential construction business in Oshawa and built their first house on Warren Avenue. Shortly thereafter, Harry’s younger son, Marvin, joined the family business and the sons continued to build quality homes in southern Ontario over the last 60 years.
Durham Custom Homes has been named the Ontario Home Builders’ Association Green Builder of the Year, Durham Region’s Builder of the Year and has been recognized as a Greenhouse Builder of the Year, Energy Star Builder of the Year and EnerQuality Leader of the Year.