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Photo by Laura Lennie

Photo by Laura Lennie

Work on the new parkette at the corner of King and Jones streets is expected to wrap up this week.

Parkette work wraps up this week

By Laura Lennie, News Staff

City officials say the new parkette at the corner of King and Jones streets will be ready for community members to enjoy come the spring.

Senior landscape architect David Zimmer says work at the site “should be pretty well done” this week.

“There are two street lights coming. There’s been a delay from the supplier on those, so that will be mid-January,” he said. “The parkette will be fenced off over the winter because of the sod. As soon as it takes in the spring, we can remove the fence.”

The parkette’s features include an open green space area, a circular walkway with benches and a mix of trees and 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.

The parkette also recently welcomed the addition of a big evergreen tree. The tree was decorated with lights and ornaments in anticipation of the 57th Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade held last Saturday along King Street.

“That was something that the (area) councillor and the BIA had requested a while ago,” Zimmer said. “We wanted to ensure that it would be all ready in time for the parade.”

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.

Zimmer said the delays have been “unfortunate.”

“We’ve tried our best. We haven’t compromised anything in order to get this done,” he said. “Good things are worth waiting for. It will absolutely be worth the wait.”

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