Albion Falls staircase project presents designs this fall

News Sep 14, 2020 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Mountain Coun. Tom Jackson says a staircase and viewing platform project to provide the public with an up-close encounter with Albion Falls remains in the city’s plans.

Jackson said a task force struck to review conceptual designs by the city’s landscape architectural services department for the staircase, which is proposed to “curl around the falls,” had to postpone its in-person town hall meetings in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But he said virtual meetings will be scheduled with the estimated 10 to 12 stakeholders starting this fall.

“(The design) looks gorgeous,” said Jackson. “I’m really excited about it.”

The Ward 6 councillor had proposed the staircase and viewing platform in 2017 at a time when the city was struggling to prevent people from travelling down into the gorge. The city requested a $40,000 grant from the Hamilton Future Fund for the design of the staircase.

The future fund governors approved $45,500 for the staircase and platform in the 2018 round of grants.

At the time the application to the fund stated the study will guide a $1.2 million construction project.

The city received future fund grants in 2004 for the two viewing platforms that provide the public with clear views of the falls at the top of the north side of the gorge.

Three years ago, the city installed more than 200 metres of fencing around Albion Falls in an attempt to keep people out of the gorge. The action came after two accidental deaths and numerous rescues in less than a year to retrieve people.

A city bylaw report in 2017 found that between July 17 and Oct. 9 more than 49,000 people visited Albion Falls — an average of more than 4,000 people per week, with about 85 per cent of them on weekends.

Jackson said the staircase and platform is an exciting project that will provide the public with improved access to the falls. He said the task force will take its time to examine the proposals.

Albion Falls staircase project to be reviewed by stakeholders this fall

News Sep 14, 2020 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Mountain Coun. Tom Jackson says a staircase and viewing platform project to provide the public with an up-close encounter with Albion Falls remains in the city’s plans.

Jackson said a task force struck to review conceptual designs by the city’s landscape architectural services department for the staircase, which is proposed to “curl around the falls,” had to postpone its in-person town hall meetings in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But he said virtual meetings will be scheduled with the estimated 10 to 12 stakeholders starting this fall.

“(The design) looks gorgeous,” said Jackson. “I’m really excited about it.”

The Ward 6 councillor had proposed the staircase and viewing platform in 2017 at a time when the city was struggling to prevent people from travelling down into the gorge. The city requested a $40,000 grant from the Hamilton Future Fund for the design of the staircase.

The future fund governors approved $45,500 for the staircase and platform in the 2018 round of grants.

At the time the application to the fund stated the study will guide a $1.2 million construction project.

The city received future fund grants in 2004 for the two viewing platforms that provide the public with clear views of the falls at the top of the north side of the gorge.

Three years ago, the city installed more than 200 metres of fencing around Albion Falls in an attempt to keep people out of the gorge. The action came after two accidental deaths and numerous rescues in less than a year to retrieve people.

A city bylaw report in 2017 found that between July 17 and Oct. 9 more than 49,000 people visited Albion Falls — an average of more than 4,000 people per week, with about 85 per cent of them on weekends.

Jackson said the staircase and platform is an exciting project that will provide the public with improved access to the falls. He said the task force will take its time to examine the proposals.

Albion Falls staircase project to be reviewed by stakeholders this fall

News Sep 14, 2020 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Mountain Coun. Tom Jackson says a staircase and viewing platform project to provide the public with an up-close encounter with Albion Falls remains in the city’s plans.

Jackson said a task force struck to review conceptual designs by the city’s landscape architectural services department for the staircase, which is proposed to “curl around the falls,” had to postpone its in-person town hall meetings in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But he said virtual meetings will be scheduled with the estimated 10 to 12 stakeholders starting this fall.

“(The design) looks gorgeous,” said Jackson. “I’m really excited about it.”

The Ward 6 councillor had proposed the staircase and viewing platform in 2017 at a time when the city was struggling to prevent people from travelling down into the gorge. The city requested a $40,000 grant from the Hamilton Future Fund for the design of the staircase.

The future fund governors approved $45,500 for the staircase and platform in the 2018 round of grants.

At the time the application to the fund stated the study will guide a $1.2 million construction project.

The city received future fund grants in 2004 for the two viewing platforms that provide the public with clear views of the falls at the top of the north side of the gorge.

Three years ago, the city installed more than 200 metres of fencing around Albion Falls in an attempt to keep people out of the gorge. The action came after two accidental deaths and numerous rescues in less than a year to retrieve people.

A city bylaw report in 2017 found that between July 17 and Oct. 9 more than 49,000 people visited Albion Falls — an average of more than 4,000 people per week, with about 85 per cent of them on weekends.

Jackson said the staircase and platform is an exciting project that will provide the public with improved access to the falls. He said the task force will take its time to examine the proposals.