‘Win­ter des­ti­na­tion’ in the works

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - KEVIN WERNER

Ward 8 Coun. Terry White­head wants to cre­ate a win­ter won­der­land of fun at the Garth Street reser­voir on the west Moun­tain.

He said city staff is ex­am­in­ing the cost and de­sign of us­ing the for­mer Che­doke Win­ter Sports Park snow­mak­ing equip­ment at the reser­voir to help to cre­ate a “win­ter des­ti­na­tion” for res­i­dents.

He said since to­bog­gan­ing is now al­lowed again at the reser­voir, he wants the city to cre­ate a rink, al­low food trucks in the area and cre­ate more park­ing.

White­head said there has been a lack of win­ter sports ac­tiv­i­ties in Hamilton and the city doesn’t re­ally pro­mote them. It took pres­sure by coun­cil­lors to even­tu­ally al­low to­bog­gan­ing at the reser­voir in Fe­bru­ary 2016.

White­head said pub­lic works staff is ex­am­in­ing the con­cept, de­sign and cost of cre­at­ing the ice rink and re­lo­cat­ing the snow-mak­ing equip­ment to the Garth Street reser­voir by Stone Church Road.

He ex­pects only a nom­i­nal fee to pay for the cap­i­tal costs to cre­ate the pro­posed win­ter won­der­land.

He said the snow-mak­ing equip­ment would cre­ate a new base of snow for to­bog­gan­ing and other win­ter-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

The city closed the Che­doke Win­ter Sports Park in 2003. It would have taken about $3 mil­lion to upgrade the ski hill and lift equip­ment, while also cost­ing tax­pay­ers about $250,000 an­nu­ally to op­er­ate the fa­cil­ity.

White­head said he didn’t think his idea would hap­pen for this win­ter, but pos­si­bly for next sea­son.

Ward 8 Coun. Terry White­head

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