By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
Three new options for deLottinville Neighbourhood Park are on the City of Hamilton website, in advance of a second public meeting set for February 28.
City staff is also taking the step of conducting their own survey of the neighbourhood after the meeting to gauge neighbourhood opinion, after a split among residents for the park’s vision.
Of the three new options – which can be viewed now at www.hamilton.ca/LAS and also at Dundas Town Hall - two include a half multi-purpose court, while one includes no court at all.
A previous meeting with other design options was held last summer. Staff reviewed a variety of public comments and concerns – including both support and opposition for a multi-purpose court – and eventually developed the new options.
Dundas city councillor Russ Powers said topography and drainage on the Newcombe Road site posed design challenges – and eliminated the opportunity for a full-sized court.
“They heard what the people had to say about the need for a court,” Powers said.
He said a city survey of the neighbourhood is a rare step, but has been done in other cases when there has been a difference of opinion among neighbours on a city project.
The survey will apparently be provided within the project’s previously established $590,000 total budget.
The new design options were posted online last weekend. Project manager Joseph Yu said they will remain on the site after the Feb. 28 meeting. Design boards are also available to view at Dundas Town Hall.
“This will allow residents who cannot attend the Public Information Centre time to look at the park design options,” Yu said. “There should be ample time for viewing of the design options.”
A City-prepared written survey will be delivered to residences within the identified neighbourhood surrounding the proposed park.
The Thursday, February 28 Public Information Centre is scheduled to run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the upstairs auditorium at Dundas Town Hall. A 10-minute presentation will take place at 7 p.m.
Powers, a planning consultant and city landscape architectural staff are all expected to be available to answer questions.