The unassuming parkette by Felker’s Falls in upper Stoney Creek could be in for a makeover.
Hamilton Conservation Authority directors are offering to lease the 1.2-hectare open field off Ackland Street to the city for 20 years for $2 per year.
Chief Administrative officer Chris Firth-Eagland said the lease, first suggested by the area’s councillor, Doug Conley, will allow the city to put a play structure or other typical park amenities there.
He said the land has no ecological function and includes a parking lot for those visiting the conservation area.
“It’s a win for everybody."
“Working with Councillor Conley, should the neighbourhood decide they would like to see some park amenities in there, they have the opportunity to do so,” Firth-Eagland said.
“It’s a very nice relationship way between the conservation authority and the City of Hamilton to use the lands to the best style or fit for the neighbourhood.”
Efforts to reach Conley, who is an authority director but didn’t attend the meeting at which the lease was approved, were unsuccessful by deadline.
Authority chair Robert Pasuta, who is a Flamborough councillor, said he expects the lease to be supported at city hall.
“It’s a win for everybody,” he said. “It gets it out of our hands and lets us put the extra little bit of time we need on other projects in place or another conservation area.”