Two projects planned for Valley Community Park
Total of $650,000 has been budgeted by two city departments
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.