July 11 2019
HAMILTON, ON – Effective September 3, 2019 Valley Park Community Centre will be closed for renovations. The project is anticipated to be completed by fall 2021.
Valley Park Community Centre was last renovated in 1990. The mechanical equipment has reached the end of its service time, requiring a renovation to the building and internal workings. The renovations will include:
- Expanded recreation programming space;
- New reception desk and common areas;
- Roofing replacement;
- Exterior cladding and block repair;
- Pool boiler and pumps;
- Arena dehumidifier (No ice season closures anticipated);
- Parking lot resurfacing.
The closures include the recreation centre building, including indoor pool, and parking lot. The arena will remain open to the public at this time. The project was aligned with the new Valley Park Public Library branch expansion in order to reduce closure times for the community and maximize construction opportunities.
“Valley Park Recreation Centre is one of the City of Hamilton’s busiest recreation centres. The closure in the fall is necessary to complete lifecycle repairs and to update the facility to ensure recreation programming will continue for years to come.” - Chris Herstek, Director, Recreation, City of Hamilton
The Valley Park Public Library Branch will remain open until October 1, 2019. Construction work on the new library is expected to be complete by fall 2021. A library materials drop box will be available for customers to return items while the new branch is constructed. The Hamilton Public Library is exploring options for a temporary location to continue library services during construction.
“We’re very excited to break ground on our new Valley Park Branch this fall. This is a vibrant, growing community and this new building – with its beautiful reading courtyard and modern programming spaces – will be a gathering space for all to come together to discover, learn and share.” - Paul Takala, Chief Librarian, Hamilton Public Library
The following neighbouring recreation centres have increased programming to accommodate swim lessons and recreational program activities during the closure:
- Hill Park Recreation Centre – 305 Southbend Rd. E., Hamilton
- Huntington Park Recreation Centre – 87 Brentwood Dr., Hamilton
- Sir Wilfrid Laurier Recreation Centre – 60 Albright Rd., Hamilton
Library customers are invited to access library services and materials by visiting other area branch locations during construction:
- Turner Park Branch – 352 Rymal Rd. E., Hamilton
- Red Hill Branch – 695 Queenston Rd., Hamilton
- Sherwood Branch – 467 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton