New park to accommodate two and four-legged visitors

News Dec 04, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Work on Vincent Massey Park could begin in 2016

 By Mark Newman, News Staff 

Residents in the Macassa and Hampton Heights neighbourhoods and their dogs could be enjoying a new two-acre park complete with children’s play areas, a walking track and fitness stations in 2016.

The 20-member citizens committee that has been working on a concept for Vincent Massey Park at East 37th and Seventh Avenue near Upper Gage for the past year or so unveiled their design proposal at a drop-in meeting at the Sherwood Library last week.

“We started off with lots of different ideas,” said committee chair Kendra Brown.

“People wanted a dog park, people wanted a seniors park and people wanted a kids park so we tried to incorporate as much (of those suggestions) as possible.”

The committee’s plan includes a paved and accessible oval track in the middle of the site on the former Vincent Massey School property with a covered pavilion in the centre.

There will be separate play structures for young and older children, a multi-purpose court for basketball and street hockey and four fitness stations.

A drinking fountain that will include a bottle fill station and a spot for dogs to get a drink is slated for the west side of the park near East 37th.

The walking track will be surrounded by a variety of trees and on the east side there is open green space.

Brown said they are also looking to include a sign with information about Vincent Massey, the first Canadian-born governor general, in recognition of the history of the site.

“I think the committee has done an excellent job,” said east Mountain councillor Tom Jackson who helped set up the group last year.

The park comes with a price tag of nearly $700,000 for design and construction and the citizen’s committee plans may see a few minor tweaks next month.

Jacksonsaid the proposal will be part of the city’s 2015 capital budget discussions and if approved construction will likely begin in 2016.

The city purchased the open space from the public school board four years ago for $900,000.

 

New park to accommodate two and four-legged visitors

News Dec 04, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Work on Vincent Massey Park could begin in 2016

 By Mark Newman, News Staff 

Residents in the Macassa and Hampton Heights neighbourhoods and their dogs could be enjoying a new two-acre park complete with children’s play areas, a walking track and fitness stations in 2016.

The 20-member citizens committee that has been working on a concept for Vincent Massey Park at East 37th and Seventh Avenue near Upper Gage for the past year or so unveiled their design proposal at a drop-in meeting at the Sherwood Library last week.

“We started off with lots of different ideas,” said committee chair Kendra Brown.

“People wanted a dog park, people wanted a seniors park and people wanted a kids park so we tried to incorporate as much (of those suggestions) as possible.”

The committee’s plan includes a paved and accessible oval track in the middle of the site on the former Vincent Massey School property with a covered pavilion in the centre.

There will be separate play structures for young and older children, a multi-purpose court for basketball and street hockey and four fitness stations.

A drinking fountain that will include a bottle fill station and a spot for dogs to get a drink is slated for the west side of the park near East 37th.

The walking track will be surrounded by a variety of trees and on the east side there is open green space.

Brown said they are also looking to include a sign with information about Vincent Massey, the first Canadian-born governor general, in recognition of the history of the site.

“I think the committee has done an excellent job,” said east Mountain councillor Tom Jackson who helped set up the group last year.

The park comes with a price tag of nearly $700,000 for design and construction and the citizen’s committee plans may see a few minor tweaks next month.

Jacksonsaid the proposal will be part of the city’s 2015 capital budget discussions and if approved construction will likely begin in 2016.

The city purchased the open space from the public school board four years ago for $900,000.

 

New park to accommodate two and four-legged visitors

News Dec 04, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Work on Vincent Massey Park could begin in 2016

 By Mark Newman, News Staff 

Residents in the Macassa and Hampton Heights neighbourhoods and their dogs could be enjoying a new two-acre park complete with children’s play areas, a walking track and fitness stations in 2016.

The 20-member citizens committee that has been working on a concept for Vincent Massey Park at East 37th and Seventh Avenue near Upper Gage for the past year or so unveiled their design proposal at a drop-in meeting at the Sherwood Library last week.

“We started off with lots of different ideas,” said committee chair Kendra Brown.

“People wanted a dog park, people wanted a seniors park and people wanted a kids park so we tried to incorporate as much (of those suggestions) as possible.”

The committee’s plan includes a paved and accessible oval track in the middle of the site on the former Vincent Massey School property with a covered pavilion in the centre.

There will be separate play structures for young and older children, a multi-purpose court for basketball and street hockey and four fitness stations.

A drinking fountain that will include a bottle fill station and a spot for dogs to get a drink is slated for the west side of the park near East 37th.

The walking track will be surrounded by a variety of trees and on the east side there is open green space.

Brown said they are also looking to include a sign with information about Vincent Massey, the first Canadian-born governor general, in recognition of the history of the site.

“I think the committee has done an excellent job,” said east Mountain councillor Tom Jackson who helped set up the group last year.

The park comes with a price tag of nearly $700,000 for design and construction and the citizen’s committee plans may see a few minor tweaks next month.

Jacksonsaid the proposal will be part of the city’s 2015 capital budget discussions and if approved construction will likely begin in 2016.

The city purchased the open space from the public school board four years ago for $900,000.