More thought needed on stadium site

News Nov 19, 2009 Ancaster News

When Hamilton was in the running for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, a number of stadium sites were proposed across the city.

We lost that bid to New Delhi, India, and the dreams of a new multi-use stadium were dashed.

One of the sites that was proposed was on Stoney Creek Mountain, just east of Centennial Parkway.

I always thought that site made the most sense.

Recently, Toronto was awarded the 2015 Pan Am Games. As part of the bid proposal, Hamilton will host some events, including track and field, cycling and swimming.

The big gems in Hamilton’s Pan Am crown will be a new multi-purpose stadium, a 50 metre swimming pool, and an international-calibre velodrome.

Hamilton stands to gain well over $250 million in legacy facilities. This includes a new 30,000 seat stadium to replace Ivor Wynne (assuming some level of private funding).

There seems to be a lot of debate about where to build the new stadium. Mayor Fred Eisenberger seems determined to have the new facility become a permanent feature of the west-end waterfront. Others seem to argue that the airport lands would be the best area for a new stadium.

Confederation Park is another location being floated as a possibility for the new stadium.

For some reason, the upper Stoney Creek location, first identified in the Commonwealth bid, has fallen off the map.

To me, this location makes the most sense of all. First off, it is probably the most accessible of all locations, easily accessible to Hamilton’s major transportation links – the Red Hill Parkway, Linc, QEW and 403.

On the escarpment, this stadium could be built to take advantage of the panoramic views of Lake Ontario, as well as the city below.

The original location was proposed on lands that once served as a Speedway, basically north of Mud Street and east of Centennial Parkway.

I asked area councillor Brad Clark (Ward 9) why this site wasn’t being considered for the new stadium.

He said the lands are considered rural, and weren’t included when Hamilton’s new official plan was approved by the province. In fact, he said the province asked that these lands be taken out of the city’s original proposal.

“It’s been lost in the ether,” he said. I’ve always thought the lands both east and west of Centennial Parkway would be a great location for a new stadium. With the landfill in that area set to close in another 10 or so years, the city could include a new stadium as part of an overall sports and recreation redevelopment project. Maybe even a new hockey stadium? There would be loads of room for parking, and building additional and much-needed sports fields.

Think of it as the city’s sports trophy, perched up on the escarpment.

I appreciate there are some challenges in terms of the government’s Greenbelt legislation, as well as some environmental considerations.

But as with anything, these can be worked out with the right political will.

Personally, I think the west end waterfront location for a new stadium is short-sighted. It’s a beautiful area, but the traffic links are atrocious. It will cost millions and millions to install the proper transportation links to that area.

Confederation Park should be left the way it is, to serve as a rare slice of lakefront public lands for the community to enjoy.

The airport lands are too far out of the city. The upper Stoney Creek location has seen an incredible amount of residential and commercial development with the completion of the Red Hill Parkway. I’d like to see this option back on the table. At one point, it was at the top in terms of a location for a stadium. Why it fell off in this round of planning is perplexing.

More thought needed on stadium site

News Nov 19, 2009 Ancaster News

When Hamilton was in the running for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, a number of stadium sites were proposed across the city.

We lost that bid to New Delhi, India, and the dreams of a new multi-use stadium were dashed.

One of the sites that was proposed was on Stoney Creek Mountain, just east of Centennial Parkway.

I always thought that site made the most sense.

Recently, Toronto was awarded the 2015 Pan Am Games. As part of the bid proposal, Hamilton will host some events, including track and field, cycling and swimming.

The big gems in Hamilton’s Pan Am crown will be a new multi-purpose stadium, a 50 metre swimming pool, and an international-calibre velodrome.

Hamilton stands to gain well over $250 million in legacy facilities. This includes a new 30,000 seat stadium to replace Ivor Wynne (assuming some level of private funding).

There seems to be a lot of debate about where to build the new stadium. Mayor Fred Eisenberger seems determined to have the new facility become a permanent feature of the west-end waterfront. Others seem to argue that the airport lands would be the best area for a new stadium.

Confederation Park is another location being floated as a possibility for the new stadium.

For some reason, the upper Stoney Creek location, first identified in the Commonwealth bid, has fallen off the map.

To me, this location makes the most sense of all. First off, it is probably the most accessible of all locations, easily accessible to Hamilton’s major transportation links – the Red Hill Parkway, Linc, QEW and 403.

On the escarpment, this stadium could be built to take advantage of the panoramic views of Lake Ontario, as well as the city below.

The original location was proposed on lands that once served as a Speedway, basically north of Mud Street and east of Centennial Parkway.

I asked area councillor Brad Clark (Ward 9) why this site wasn’t being considered for the new stadium.

He said the lands are considered rural, and weren’t included when Hamilton’s new official plan was approved by the province. In fact, he said the province asked that these lands be taken out of the city’s original proposal.

“It’s been lost in the ether,” he said. I’ve always thought the lands both east and west of Centennial Parkway would be a great location for a new stadium. With the landfill in that area set to close in another 10 or so years, the city could include a new stadium as part of an overall sports and recreation redevelopment project. Maybe even a new hockey stadium? There would be loads of room for parking, and building additional and much-needed sports fields.

Think of it as the city’s sports trophy, perched up on the escarpment.

I appreciate there are some challenges in terms of the government’s Greenbelt legislation, as well as some environmental considerations.

But as with anything, these can be worked out with the right political will.

Personally, I think the west end waterfront location for a new stadium is short-sighted. It’s a beautiful area, but the traffic links are atrocious. It will cost millions and millions to install the proper transportation links to that area.

Confederation Park should be left the way it is, to serve as a rare slice of lakefront public lands for the community to enjoy.

The airport lands are too far out of the city. The upper Stoney Creek location has seen an incredible amount of residential and commercial development with the completion of the Red Hill Parkway. I’d like to see this option back on the table. At one point, it was at the top in terms of a location for a stadium. Why it fell off in this round of planning is perplexing.

More thought needed on stadium site

News Nov 19, 2009 Ancaster News

When Hamilton was in the running for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, a number of stadium sites were proposed across the city.

We lost that bid to New Delhi, India, and the dreams of a new multi-use stadium were dashed.

One of the sites that was proposed was on Stoney Creek Mountain, just east of Centennial Parkway.

I always thought that site made the most sense.

Recently, Toronto was awarded the 2015 Pan Am Games. As part of the bid proposal, Hamilton will host some events, including track and field, cycling and swimming.

The big gems in Hamilton’s Pan Am crown will be a new multi-purpose stadium, a 50 metre swimming pool, and an international-calibre velodrome.

Hamilton stands to gain well over $250 million in legacy facilities. This includes a new 30,000 seat stadium to replace Ivor Wynne (assuming some level of private funding).

There seems to be a lot of debate about where to build the new stadium. Mayor Fred Eisenberger seems determined to have the new facility become a permanent feature of the west-end waterfront. Others seem to argue that the airport lands would be the best area for a new stadium.

Confederation Park is another location being floated as a possibility for the new stadium.

For some reason, the upper Stoney Creek location, first identified in the Commonwealth bid, has fallen off the map.

To me, this location makes the most sense of all. First off, it is probably the most accessible of all locations, easily accessible to Hamilton’s major transportation links – the Red Hill Parkway, Linc, QEW and 403.

On the escarpment, this stadium could be built to take advantage of the panoramic views of Lake Ontario, as well as the city below.

The original location was proposed on lands that once served as a Speedway, basically north of Mud Street and east of Centennial Parkway.

I asked area councillor Brad Clark (Ward 9) why this site wasn’t being considered for the new stadium.

He said the lands are considered rural, and weren’t included when Hamilton’s new official plan was approved by the province. In fact, he said the province asked that these lands be taken out of the city’s original proposal.

“It’s been lost in the ether,” he said. I’ve always thought the lands both east and west of Centennial Parkway would be a great location for a new stadium. With the landfill in that area set to close in another 10 or so years, the city could include a new stadium as part of an overall sports and recreation redevelopment project. Maybe even a new hockey stadium? There would be loads of room for parking, and building additional and much-needed sports fields.

Think of it as the city’s sports trophy, perched up on the escarpment.

I appreciate there are some challenges in terms of the government’s Greenbelt legislation, as well as some environmental considerations.

But as with anything, these can be worked out with the right political will.

Personally, I think the west end waterfront location for a new stadium is short-sighted. It’s a beautiful area, but the traffic links are atrocious. It will cost millions and millions to install the proper transportation links to that area.

Confederation Park should be left the way it is, to serve as a rare slice of lakefront public lands for the community to enjoy.

The airport lands are too far out of the city. The upper Stoney Creek location has seen an incredible amount of residential and commercial development with the completion of the Red Hill Parkway. I’d like to see this option back on the table. At one point, it was at the top in terms of a location for a stadium. Why it fell off in this round of planning is perplexing.