By Laura Lennie, News Staff
Augustus Jones is about to finally get a neighbour.
The statue of Stoney Creek’s forefather at the downtown fountain at the corner of King and Jones streets will help inspire a long-planned parkette to be built across the road.
David Zimmer, a senior landscape architect for the city, said the new parkette will mimic the character of the fountain and its surrounding area.
The parkette was part of the Stoney Creek Old Towne Urban Design Plan approved by the former city council before amalgamation. Construction is expected to begin in the spring.
Zimmer said it will have elements that are existing on the other side.
The Rotary Club of Stoney Creek is donating money toward a clock tower in the parkette. The design of the clock tower will mimic the design of the arbour structure at the fountain area.
"So when one looks at this whole corner, it will all tie it together really nicely," he said.
The parkette, which is expected to cost about $400,000 and is being funded through Taro dump royalities, also will feature open green space, a circular walkway with benches and a mix of trees and scrubs.
“In an urban area like that, and especially in the downtown, a variety of open public spaces is very important to the life and the health of the community,” Zimmer said. “If somebody wants to go sit and read a book by the fountain, they have that opportunity, if they want to come over to the other side where there’s a grass area and let their children crawl around the grass, there’s that opportunity. With the two pieces of property developed, it becomes more of a destination for area residents in Stoney Creek.”
Area councillor Brad Clark said he’s happy to see the project proceed, noting the site has been considered for a number of uses over the years, including a farmer’s market.
“The parkette will be absolutely gorgeous when it’s completed,” he said. “It will be very practical in terms of its use, so we’ll still be able to utilize the parkette for the parades going through, but it will be an area that the residents will be pleased to gather in.
"It’s long overdue, but what we’ve been doing for the last seven years is slowly going through lower Stoney Creek and getting all of the things done that residents have been waiting for.”