Renovations scheduled to start in September at Stoney Creek's Valley Park Recreation Centre

News Jul 02, 2019 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Construction is scheduled to begin this September at Stoney Creek’s Valley Park Arena and Recreation Centre that will renovate parts of the aging facility and also expand the library branch.

Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark said the recreation facility will close, beginning in the first week of September, for the $2-million rehabilitation project that will include a new roof, updated pool boiler and pumps, plus improved recreation space. In addition, the parking lot is expected to be resurfaced.

He said the work is expected to be completed by the summer of 2021. During the construction, residents can enrol in programs offered at other recreation centres across the city.

Clark said residents on the Mountain who attended the Westmount Recreation Centre and Huntington Park Recreation Centre, which closed a few years ago for renovations, used programs that were offered at other facilities, such as Valley Park.

“People will be referred to other recreation centres,” he said. “This is not a new process.”

Clark said information is being sent out to Stoney Creek residents about the facility’s closure and rehabilitation.

He said the last time the 37,024-square-foot Valley Park Arena and Recreation Centre, at the corner of Paramount Drive and Mud Street, had renovations done was in 1990.

“It’s used very well, but (the infrastructure) is very dated,” said Clark. “This is used not only by Stoney Creek residents, but it attracts people from the east Mountain. It’s a very popular centre.”

In the 2008 outdoor study, it was revealed that upper Stoney Creek, along with lower Hamilton and lower Stoney Creek will experience the greatest increase in population of any area of the city over the next 25 years. The report recommended constructing a new recreation facility in upper Stoney Creek.

The work will be done at the same time that the Hamilton Public Library will be expanding the Valley Park library branch from the current 3,000 square feet to about 11,300 square feet. The idea is to construct a new building at the corner of Paramount Drive and Marston Street. McCallum Sather Architects have designed a new space that incorporates glass and wood, and uses the natural environment, creating an “experience” for people.

The building will be all glass, looking out onto Marston Street.

Inside, amenities will include a children’s area, collaborative space, a maskerspace that has proven to be popular at the downtown Central library, multi-purpose rooms that can be used with the Valley Park recreation centre when it is completed, washrooms and a general collection area.

Also included will be a glass-encased courtyard that will house trees, plants and seating rocks. There will also be enhanced green areas with grass, shrubs and trees that will be non-invasive.

Clark said library officials are searching for a temporary location for use during construction to provide various programs, such as for children.

The total cost of the library project is about $8.1 million, with the library providing $965,000, and the city about half a million dollars. The Heritage Green Community Trust is chipping in with $1.25 million for the facility, which will go toward two multi-purpose rooms of at least 1,500 square feet.

Development charges are expected to cover the rest of the cost.

Stoney Creek's Valley Park Recreation Centre and library branch set for renovations starting in September

News Jul 02, 2019 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Construction is scheduled to begin this September at Stoney Creek’s Valley Park Arena and Recreation Centre that will renovate parts of the aging facility and also expand the library branch.

Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark said the recreation facility will close, beginning in the first week of September, for the $2-million rehabilitation project that will include a new roof, updated pool boiler and pumps, plus improved recreation space. In addition, the parking lot is expected to be resurfaced.

He said the work is expected to be completed by the summer of 2021. During the construction, residents can enrol in programs offered at other recreation centres across the city.

Clark said residents on the Mountain who attended the Westmount Recreation Centre and Huntington Park Recreation Centre, which closed a few years ago for renovations, used programs that were offered at other facilities, such as Valley Park.

“People will be referred to other recreation centres,” he said. “This is not a new process.”

Clark said information is being sent out to Stoney Creek residents about the facility’s closure and rehabilitation.

He said the last time the 37,024-square-foot Valley Park Arena and Recreation Centre, at the corner of Paramount Drive and Mud Street, had renovations done was in 1990.

“It’s used very well, but (the infrastructure) is very dated,” said Clark. “This is used not only by Stoney Creek residents, but it attracts people from the east Mountain. It’s a very popular centre.”

In the 2008 outdoor study, it was revealed that upper Stoney Creek, along with lower Hamilton and lower Stoney Creek will experience the greatest increase in population of any area of the city over the next 25 years. The report recommended constructing a new recreation facility in upper Stoney Creek.

The work will be done at the same time that the Hamilton Public Library will be expanding the Valley Park library branch from the current 3,000 square feet to about 11,300 square feet. The idea is to construct a new building at the corner of Paramount Drive and Marston Street. McCallum Sather Architects have designed a new space that incorporates glass and wood, and uses the natural environment, creating an “experience” for people.

The building will be all glass, looking out onto Marston Street.

Inside, amenities will include a children’s area, collaborative space, a maskerspace that has proven to be popular at the downtown Central library, multi-purpose rooms that can be used with the Valley Park recreation centre when it is completed, washrooms and a general collection area.

Also included will be a glass-encased courtyard that will house trees, plants and seating rocks. There will also be enhanced green areas with grass, shrubs and trees that will be non-invasive.

Clark said library officials are searching for a temporary location for use during construction to provide various programs, such as for children.

The total cost of the library project is about $8.1 million, with the library providing $965,000, and the city about half a million dollars. The Heritage Green Community Trust is chipping in with $1.25 million for the facility, which will go toward two multi-purpose rooms of at least 1,500 square feet.

Development charges are expected to cover the rest of the cost.

Stoney Creek's Valley Park Recreation Centre and library branch set for renovations starting in September

News Jul 02, 2019 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Construction is scheduled to begin this September at Stoney Creek’s Valley Park Arena and Recreation Centre that will renovate parts of the aging facility and also expand the library branch.

Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark said the recreation facility will close, beginning in the first week of September, for the $2-million rehabilitation project that will include a new roof, updated pool boiler and pumps, plus improved recreation space. In addition, the parking lot is expected to be resurfaced.

He said the work is expected to be completed by the summer of 2021. During the construction, residents can enrol in programs offered at other recreation centres across the city.

Clark said residents on the Mountain who attended the Westmount Recreation Centre and Huntington Park Recreation Centre, which closed a few years ago for renovations, used programs that were offered at other facilities, such as Valley Park.

“People will be referred to other recreation centres,” he said. “This is not a new process.”

Clark said information is being sent out to Stoney Creek residents about the facility’s closure and rehabilitation.

He said the last time the 37,024-square-foot Valley Park Arena and Recreation Centre, at the corner of Paramount Drive and Mud Street, had renovations done was in 1990.

“It’s used very well, but (the infrastructure) is very dated,” said Clark. “This is used not only by Stoney Creek residents, but it attracts people from the east Mountain. It’s a very popular centre.”

In the 2008 outdoor study, it was revealed that upper Stoney Creek, along with lower Hamilton and lower Stoney Creek will experience the greatest increase in population of any area of the city over the next 25 years. The report recommended constructing a new recreation facility in upper Stoney Creek.

The work will be done at the same time that the Hamilton Public Library will be expanding the Valley Park library branch from the current 3,000 square feet to about 11,300 square feet. The idea is to construct a new building at the corner of Paramount Drive and Marston Street. McCallum Sather Architects have designed a new space that incorporates glass and wood, and uses the natural environment, creating an “experience” for people.

The building will be all glass, looking out onto Marston Street.

Inside, amenities will include a children’s area, collaborative space, a maskerspace that has proven to be popular at the downtown Central library, multi-purpose rooms that can be used with the Valley Park recreation centre when it is completed, washrooms and a general collection area.

Also included will be a glass-encased courtyard that will house trees, plants and seating rocks. There will also be enhanced green areas with grass, shrubs and trees that will be non-invasive.

Clark said library officials are searching for a temporary location for use during construction to provide various programs, such as for children.

The total cost of the library project is about $8.1 million, with the library providing $965,000, and the city about half a million dollars. The Heritage Green Community Trust is chipping in with $1.25 million for the facility, which will go toward two multi-purpose rooms of at least 1,500 square feet.

Development charges are expected to cover the rest of the cost.