City officials say construction of the new parkette at the corner of King and Jones streets is back on track.
Senior landscape architect David Zimmer says work is moving along at the site after “quite a lengthy delay.”
“The contractor, Pine Valley Enterprises, is back on site,” he said by email last Friday. “The next major piece is the concrete work. All the underground work, ordering the furnishings and the fabrication of the clock tower have been completed.”
Zimmer said the project was delayed after Pine Valley Enterprises hired a subcontractor to complete the concrete portion of the parkette.
The subcontractor “declined to honour their commitment” to Pine Valley Enterprises and the company was left without a contractor to do the work, he added.
“They had difficulty trying to find a replacement that would work within the price that Pine Valley Enterprises provided in the tender,” Zimmer said. “While we had the delay, they did procure the rest of the project material. Those materials are in the shop and are ready to be installed when required.”
The parkette will feature an open green space area, a circular walkway with benches and a mix of trees and shrubs. The project is being funded through Taro dump royalties at a cost of about $400,000.
The Rotary Club of Stoney Creek also donated approximately $20,000 for the clock tower. The clock tower will mimic the design of the arbour structure at the Augustus Jones fountain area.
The parkette was part of the Stoney Creek Old Towne Urban Design Plan approved by the former city council before amalgamation.
“Once the concrete (work) is completed the rest of the project should fall into place quickly,” Zimmer said. “Planting, sodding, irrigation and installation of the lights will be the remaining elements to be installed. I am hoping that it will be completed by mid-November.”