By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Storm sewer problems, severe winters, contractual delays and even a minor accident won’t prevent Stoney Creek’s parkette from its scheduled grand opening.
David Zimmer, senior landscape architect for Hamilton, confirmed city staff made some repairs to the grassy landscape recently, and they are looking at fixing up a portion of the concrete stairs after a vehicle drove onto the parkette a few weeks ago.
The incident is merely the latest in a series of mishaps that have bedeviled the project for over a year.
“We have had more problems with this small, simple project,” said Stoney Creek councillor Brad Clark.
The $400,000 parkette, with its open green space area, circular walkway, benches, columns, and a mix of trees and shrubs had been scheduled to open last July. But the contractor working on the project, Pine Valley Enterprises become involved in a contractual issue with the city after it relied on a subcontractor that was having difficulties on the parkette. Work was halted last fall. The city was forced to give notice to the contractor over the disagreement.
Prior to that happening, bad summer weather and a problem with a storm water connection delayed work on the parkette preventing it from opening on time.
Hamilton’s severe winter caused more delays that lasted into this spring.
But last month a wire fence that had guarded the green space was finally taken down, and people were enjoying the benches, while pets were roaming on the grass.
But the snake bitten parkette was involved in another incident when a vehicle emerging from a nearby residence entered the parkette, ripping up the grass and ending up on the concrete stairway.
Zimmer confirmed an accident occurred at the parkette, damaging the grass, and tearing out a chuck of concrete from a step.
“We had staff out there fixing up the grass,” said Zimmer.
He said the concrete step will also be repaired as quickly as possible.
Meanwhile, further work on the parkette is being planned, said Zimmer. The city will be installing artistic, colourful panels on the columns sometime this summer, and plans to investigate adding a mural to a nearby commercial building.
And Clark said city staff has been talking to some musicians to provide entertainment.
“(The parkette) has a perfect shape for it,” he said.
Politicians will also be meeting to name the parkette during the facility naming sub-committee scheduled for July 9. The suggestion is to have the Rotary Club’s name be somewhere in the name.
“It’s a reasonable request,” said Clark.
The Rotary Club of Stoney Creek donated about $20,000 for the clock tower at the site.
The cost of the parkette is being funded through the Taro dump royalties. It was part of the Stoney Creek Old Towne Urban Design Plan, an award-winning document that was approved by the former Stoney Creek council prior to amalgamation.