Hamil­ton East al­ready thriv­ing

Hamilton Press - - CONVERSATIONS - KEL­LEY TANTAU

A range of new equip­ment has been in­stalled, along with a fence around the ma­jor­ity of the play­ground to en­sure the safety of chil­dren en­joy­ing it, Sheedy said.

The Hamil­ton East Com­mu­nity Trust has taken the lead and or­gan­ised an open­ing event on June 4 at 11am.

The new play­ground is only one of many projects to re­ju­ve­nate Steele Park.

There are plans to up­grade the public toi­lets, add a bar­be­cue area, ad­di­tional seat­ing, re­fresh the ex­te­rior of the pavil­ion, and in the long-term, ex­plore the re­place­ment of the Steele Park Pavil­ion with a heritage-themed build­ing, and makeover the WEL Network Sub­sta­tion.

There were also plans to im­ple­ment the Grey St-Hamil­ton Gar­dens Av­enue of Trees.

Hamil­ton East has also been pri­ori­tised in the River Plan, with an ob­jec­tive to en­hance con­nec­tions from the sub­urb to the river and cen­tral city, ex­e­cuted through a po­ten­tial pedes­trian bridge.

Hamil­ton City Coun­cil­lor for the East Ward Garry Mal­lett voted against the Hamil­ton East Neigh­bour­hood Plan when it was ap­proved for con­so­la­tion in July 2016.

He says Hamil­ton East is al­ready thriv­ing, as long as coun­cil keeps their ‘‘sticky fin­gers’’ out of it.

‘‘Coun­cil tends to stuff a lot things up... for­tu­nately, coun­cil has been light-handed there up un­til now.’’

He said al­though the new play­ground was a pos­i­tive, with all ini­tia­tives comes a mi­nus and a plus.

The mi­nus for the Hamil­ton East Neigh­bour­hood Plan was the cost, es­pe­cially with coun­cil’s ma­jor fund­ing con­straints, he said.

He can also fore­see fu­ture is­sues with the pro­posed Av­enue of Trees.

‘‘Those trees are ab­so­lutely stun­ning but man alive are they prob­lem­atic. The roots play havoc with our road­ing and foot­paths.

‘‘There is a cost to the beauty,’’ Mal­lett said.

The new play­ground in Steele Park, as shown in a con­cept de­sign for Hamil­ton East Neigh­bour­hood Plan.

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