The City of Hamilton, together with the Hamilton Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA), is currently working to create a memorial and commemorative space to honour the Fire Fighters who have fallen in the line of duty while protecting Hamilton citizens.
City Council approved a motion in 2017 to provide direction for staff to investigate potential memorial sites. Eight potential locations were evaluated against 18 different criteria. After all sites were ranked according to those criteria, an area in the north-east section of Gage Park emerged as the highest-scoring location. This site was selected in part because the memorial could be sensitively designed to fit around the pre-existing formal flower gardens, originally designed by Lorrie and Howard Dunington-Grubb, celebrated landscape architects whose work gave form to various gardens, campuses and subdivisions in southern Ontario and beyond.
On July 12, 2018, the Public Works Committee approved the proposed site at Gage Park, per report PW18052, allowing for detailed design of the memorial to proceed. City staff will now work together with stakeholders to finalize the placement and design of the memorial. The Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial will be designed to maintain the historical significance of the formal gardens, which will not be removed or destroyed, and to align with goals outlined in the 2010 Gage Park Masterplan. A central feature of the memorial will be a public art component such as a commemorative statue, the details of which will be determined through a municipal public art call for proposals.
Subject to funding:
- Q4-2018 Detailed Design
- Q1-2019 Tender
- Q2-2019 Construction
If you have any questions or wish to submit a comment, contact:
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 4621
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