Saying goodbye to Linden Park

News May 13, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

It was a small school, but the friendships formed there lasted a lifetime, say former students.

Linda Martin returned to Linden Park elementary school last Saturday for the first time in decades.

“As I walked in, I saw the little lockers and I had to take a picture — I was actually that small!” she said during the school’s closing celebration. “Walking down the halls, all the memories are flooding back.”

“It’s like seeing an old friend.”

But the best memory of all, Martin said, is the friendships that were made while attending the school in the early 1970s. She met up with lifelong friends Tracy Collingwood-Coates and Janine Barnes-Auchterlonie to take one last look at their former stomping grounds.

In June, Linden Park will close, a couple years short of its 60th birthday. The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board decided its fate a year ago, after an extensive closing review which also determined Cardinal Heights and Eastmount Park will also be shuttered due to declining enrolment of schools on the central Mountain.

Emily Coe and Emily Wilson say their best memory from the elementary school is their lifelong friendship.

“We met in kindergarten and now our kids are in the same class,” said Wilson.

“It was a great little school,” said Coe.

Linden Park, which opened in 1957, has just 138 students right now, from junior kindergarten up to Grade 5. But in the mid-’80s, there were even fewer — less than 100, recalls Rick Allen.

About half the school’s empty classrooms were rented out to community groups, he said.

Allen, who had two children enrolled at the time, started the Linden Park marching band in 1985 at the invitation of principal George Massey.

“It was such a rewarding activity — and not to brag, but we were damn popular,” said Allen, who still lives nearby.

The band played for Lt. Gov. Lincoln Alexander twice, was part of the opening ceremonies at Copps Coliseum and marched in parades around the area until Allen left at the end of the 1998-99 school year.

The band also won two major awards: the Stelco Steel Public Service Award and the Hamilton Spectator Community Service Award for Music in 1993.

“It’s pretty emotional coming back after all these years,” said Allen, who is currently director of the Niagara Memorial Militaires Alumni Drum Corps.

Eastmount Park’s closing will be publicly marked at the East 26th St. school May 14 from 5-7 p.m.; Cardinal Heights’ closing event is set for May 20 from 5-7 p.m.

Saying goodbye to Linden Park

Former students return to old stomping grounds as school prepares to close

News May 13, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

It was a small school, but the friendships formed there lasted a lifetime, say former students.

Linda Martin returned to Linden Park elementary school last Saturday for the first time in decades.

“As I walked in, I saw the little lockers and I had to take a picture — I was actually that small!” she said during the school’s closing celebration. “Walking down the halls, all the memories are flooding back.”

“It’s like seeing an old friend.”

We met in kindergarten and now our kids are in the same class.

But the best memory of all, Martin said, is the friendships that were made while attending the school in the early 1970s. She met up with lifelong friends Tracy Collingwood-Coates and Janine Barnes-Auchterlonie to take one last look at their former stomping grounds.

In June, Linden Park will close, a couple years short of its 60th birthday. The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board decided its fate a year ago, after an extensive closing review which also determined Cardinal Heights and Eastmount Park will also be shuttered due to declining enrolment of schools on the central Mountain.

Emily Coe and Emily Wilson say their best memory from the elementary school is their lifelong friendship.

“We met in kindergarten and now our kids are in the same class,” said Wilson.

“It was a great little school,” said Coe.

Linden Park, which opened in 1957, has just 138 students right now, from junior kindergarten up to Grade 5. But in the mid-’80s, there were even fewer — less than 100, recalls Rick Allen.

About half the school’s empty classrooms were rented out to community groups, he said.

Allen, who had two children enrolled at the time, started the Linden Park marching band in 1985 at the invitation of principal George Massey.

“It was such a rewarding activity — and not to brag, but we were damn popular,” said Allen, who still lives nearby.

The band played for Lt. Gov. Lincoln Alexander twice, was part of the opening ceremonies at Copps Coliseum and marched in parades around the area until Allen left at the end of the 1998-99 school year.

The band also won two major awards: the Stelco Steel Public Service Award and the Hamilton Spectator Community Service Award for Music in 1993.

“It’s pretty emotional coming back after all these years,” said Allen, who is currently director of the Niagara Memorial Militaires Alumni Drum Corps.

Eastmount Park’s closing will be publicly marked at the East 26th St. school May 14 from 5-7 p.m.; Cardinal Heights’ closing event is set for May 20 from 5-7 p.m.

Saying goodbye to Linden Park

Former students return to old stomping grounds as school prepares to close

News May 13, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

It was a small school, but the friendships formed there lasted a lifetime, say former students.

Linda Martin returned to Linden Park elementary school last Saturday for the first time in decades.

“As I walked in, I saw the little lockers and I had to take a picture — I was actually that small!” she said during the school’s closing celebration. “Walking down the halls, all the memories are flooding back.”

“It’s like seeing an old friend.”

We met in kindergarten and now our kids are in the same class.

But the best memory of all, Martin said, is the friendships that were made while attending the school in the early 1970s. She met up with lifelong friends Tracy Collingwood-Coates and Janine Barnes-Auchterlonie to take one last look at their former stomping grounds.

In June, Linden Park will close, a couple years short of its 60th birthday. The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board decided its fate a year ago, after an extensive closing review which also determined Cardinal Heights and Eastmount Park will also be shuttered due to declining enrolment of schools on the central Mountain.

Emily Coe and Emily Wilson say their best memory from the elementary school is their lifelong friendship.

“We met in kindergarten and now our kids are in the same class,” said Wilson.

“It was a great little school,” said Coe.

Linden Park, which opened in 1957, has just 138 students right now, from junior kindergarten up to Grade 5. But in the mid-’80s, there were even fewer — less than 100, recalls Rick Allen.

About half the school’s empty classrooms were rented out to community groups, he said.

Allen, who had two children enrolled at the time, started the Linden Park marching band in 1985 at the invitation of principal George Massey.

“It was such a rewarding activity — and not to brag, but we were damn popular,” said Allen, who still lives nearby.

The band played for Lt. Gov. Lincoln Alexander twice, was part of the opening ceremonies at Copps Coliseum and marched in parades around the area until Allen left at the end of the 1998-99 school year.

The band also won two major awards: the Stelco Steel Public Service Award and the Hamilton Spectator Community Service Award for Music in 1993.

“It’s pretty emotional coming back after all these years,” said Allen, who is currently director of the Niagara Memorial Militaires Alumni Drum Corps.

Eastmount Park’s closing will be publicly marked at the East 26th St. school May 14 from 5-7 p.m.; Cardinal Heights’ closing event is set for May 20 from 5-7 p.m.