Construction was planned to start by October 21. Due to inclement weather, construction has been postponed until Spring 2022.
Gatesbury Park is located at 28 Niska Drive in Ward 15. The 4.55 hectare (11.24 acre) neighbourhood park includes the following amenities: asphalt walkways, 2 baseball diamonds, 1 senior soccer field, 1 junior soccer field, 2 playgrounds, sun shelter, washroom building, 2 parking lots, 1 basketball half-court, benches and multiple connections to adjacent streets.
In 2020, the City is planning walkway and accessibility improvements through the park. This project will also connect to a new walkway within the hydro corridor between Niska Drive and Laurendale Avenue. Construction is planned for 2021 and the scope of work will include:
- Removal and replacement of the existing asphalt walkway
- Installation of a 3m wide asphalt walkway from Niska Drive to Boulding Avenue
- Asphalt walkway from the sun shelter to the play structure and walkway at Milverton Close and around the soccer field
- Re-alignment of the junior soccer pitch closest to Niska Drive to permit the installation of the new walkway
- Asphalt walkway from the parking lot at Boulding Avenue, extending beside the senior soccer pitch and connecting to Harper Street.
- Regrading of swales and installation of culverts at the Boulding Avenue parking lot
- Installation of a pedestrian crossover (PXO) crossing Niska Drive to the hydro corridor walkway
- Installation of trail signage at each end of the trail
Recreational Trails Master Plan Initiative 15-7 is located in the hydro corridor between Niska Drive and Laurendale Avenue. This parcel of land is owned by the City of Hamilton and includes an easement in favour of Ontario Hydro. The property has one transmission tower, a large slope on the Laurendale Avenue end and is maintained as a mown open space.
The City is planning to install a 3-metre-wide asphalt walkway on the south side of the hydro corridor. The multi-use trail will align with the new walkway in Gatesbury Park and will create a new linkage from Laurendale Avenue, to Boulding Avenue. Trail users can then access the new trails south of Dundas Street, as shown in the Recreational Trails Master Plan Initiative 15-7 drawing.
Construction is planned for 2021 and the scope of work will include:
- Installation of a 3m wide asphalt walkway from Laurendale Avenue to Niska Drive
- Installation of a pedestrian crossover (PXO) crossing Niska Drive to Gatesbury Park
- Installation of trail signage and P-Gates at each end of the trail
- Summer 2020 - Public consultation
- Spring 2020 - Pathway alignment and concept plan created
- 2019 - Topographic survey and archaeological assessment completed
- Gatesbury Park Walkways (PDF, 4.65 MB)
- Hydro Corridor Walkway (PDF, 2.84 MB)
- Recreational Trails Master Pla Initiative 15-7 (PDF, 195 KB)
An online comment period occurred from July 1 to 31, 2020. Please see the following document for a summary of questions, comments and responses.
If you have any questions or wish to submit a comment, please contact:
Ken Wheaton, OALA
Landscape Architectural Services
Phone: 905.546.2424 ext.2289
Email: [email protected]
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