Two projects planned for Val­ley Com­mu­nity Park

Total of $650,000 has been bud­geted by two city de­part­ments

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - CRAIG CAMP­BELL

A total of $650,000 is bud­geted for two projects to im­prove Val­ley Com­mu­nity Park on Old Guelph Road in Dun­das.

The for­mer Nigel Char­long Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in the park at 287 Old Guelph Rd. was de­mol­ished last year, af­ter it was found to be un­safe and pro­hib­i­tively costly to fix.

At a public meet­ing last March, Hamil­ton recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties staff said a new park pav­il­ion struc­ture would even­tu­ally be con­structed.

The city’s cap­i­tal bud­get sets aside $25,000 for plan­ning in 2020 and $310,000 in 2021 for con­struc­tion. In ad­di­tion, the city’s open space de­vel­op­ment de­part­ment has bud­geted $80,000 for plan­ning in 2020 and $250,000 in 2023 for Val­ley Com­mu­nity Park.

Cyn­thia Gra­ham, city man­ager of land­scape ar­chi­tec­tural ser­vices, said the 2020 fund­ing is for com­ple­tion of a mas­ter plan for the park and an eval­u­a­tion of what it needs. She said a trail con­nec­tion at the park in­cluded in the recre­ational trails mas­ter plan will also be eval­u­ated at that time.

“The funds show­ing in 2023 are an es­ti­mate at this time, rec­og­niz­ing that our funds won’t have to ac­com­mo­date works that are be­ing taken care of by the fa­cil­i­ties project,” Gra­ham said. “The fi­nal con­struc­tion cost es­ti­mate will be re­fined once we have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what is re­quired at the park.”

Ac­cord­ing to the recre­ational trails mas­ter plan, a pro­posed Old Guelph Road on-street bike route would in­ter­sect with a pro­posed multi-use recre­ational trail at Val­ley Com­mu­nity Park. The pro­posed multi-use trail would be lo­cated in the hy­dro cor­ri­dor link­ing Val­ley Road to the park.

Gra­ham said open space de­vel­op­ment staff will con­sider book­ings of sports fields at the park, needs iden­ti­fied in the out­door recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties study, and in­for­ma­tion from op­er­a­tions staff to de­ter­mine what will be needed.

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