City officials say the new parkette at the corner of King and Jones streets should be ready for use by the end of next month.
Senior landscape architect David Zimmer says the parkette’s irrigation system has been completed and the site’s large trees and shrubs appear to look healthy.
“The contractor has a number of minor things to complete in the next couple of weeks,” he said last Thursday. “Once the sod is installed, we will move the fence back to protect only the inner grass circle. We are expecting the parkette to open once the sod has had time to catch and has been cut twice, so I would say towards the end of June.”
The parkette’s features include an open green space area, a circular walkway with benches and a mix of trees of shrubs. The project has been funded through Taro dump royalties at a cost of about $400,000.
The site also includes a clock tower that mimics the design of the arbour structure at the Augustus Jones fountain area. The clock tower was made possible through a Rotary Club of Stoney Creek donation of approximately $20,000.
Zimmer said the parkette will see the addition of two large planters on top of the columns at the site.
“These will be annually planted with colourful floral displays,” he said. “We also have intentions to install some decorative art on the grass side of the columns. We formed an edge to frame this future art.”
Zimmer said naming of the parkette is being discussed.
A grand opening ceremony also is in the works, he added.
“At this time, I don’t have any information to give as to if this (the naming) has been approved or not,” Zimmer said. “I do know that the Rotary Club has made inquiries as to potential naming of the parkette. The (Stoney Creek) BIA, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce and city, will have a grand opening when it is completed.”
The parkette was part of the Stoney Creek Old Towne Urban Design Plan approved by the former city council before amalgamation.
The project has seen its share of delays because of weather, issues related to storm water connections and problems with subcontractor work at the site.
The delays have been unfortunate, Zimmer said.
“I’m not going to dwell on what if’s and should have’s because at this point it isn’t helpful,” he said. “My focus is to get it completed and make it available for use as quickly as possible. I am only looking forward to being part of the opening and looking forward to seeing the citizens enjoying the parkette.”
Zimmer said he has no doubt the parkette will be a welcomed addition to the area.
“My observation from being on site last year is that there is pedestrian and, of course, vehicular traffic in the area,” he said. “Since it is in a high visibility location and now part of a larger pedestrian downtown precinct, including the fountain area, it will be used by many. What I am hoping to see is the BIA and other groups using the site as a place to hold events.”