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Ward 1 Infrastructure Projects Updates as of October 12, 2023

Projects in Ward 1

Ainslie Wood

  • Alexander Park Skate Park

Alexander Skate Park is a proposed +/-1,000m2 (10,764 Sq. Ft.) wheeled sports facility. The concrete facility will be integrated with the park’s existing amenities and will cater to various wheeled sports such as skateboarding, rollerblading, scooters and BMX bikes.

Project Manager: Ken Wheaton

Status: Project tendered June 2023. Construction mobilization expected LATE Fall 2023

Project website

  • Alexander Park Community Hub

The Alexander Park Clubhouse Renewal project aims to provide an accessible, multi-purpose space for community use and programming opportunities. The existing storage building at the park will be renewed and updated to serve the community's needs better.

Project Manager: Lu-Ann Duxbury

Status: Construction expected Fall 2023. Design

Project website

  • Construction of New Traffic Control Infrastructure (Various Locations)

Construction of New Bump-outs (Completed)

  1. Sanders Boulevard at Thorndale Crescent
  2. Sanders at Binkley Road

Raised pedestrian crossovers at the Hamilton Rail Trail and the following roads in Ainslie Wood 

  1. Stroud Road
  2. Broadway Avenue
  3. Emerson Street
  4. Leland Street
  5. Rifle Range Road

  1. Ewen Rd - multi-use path on west side to provide a direct crossing.

Status: Completed

  • Main & Whitney (HD17A) Water Pumping Station Municipal Class Environmental Assessment and Conceptual Design

Notice of Study Area Expansion and Public Information Centre (PIC) No. 2 

The City of Hamilton has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study following the Schedule B process to develop and assess alternative solutions for a new Water Pumping Station (WPS) to replace the existing Main & Whitney (HD17A) WPS currently located at Main Street West & Whitney Avenue. 

This study will define the problems/opportunities associated with the existing HD17A WPS, assess alternative solutions, and determine the preferred location for a new WPS. A conceptual design will be completed identifying the main design aspects of the preferred alternative. Once the new pumping station is commissioned, the existing HD17A WPS will be decommissioned.

Project Manager: Udo Ehrenberg

Status: The second PIC will be held virtually between April 28, 2023 and May 19, 2023. The purpose of the second PIC is to present the evaluation and ranking of short-listed alternative sites, present the recommended site for the new WPS, obtain public input on the recommended site, and outline the next steps in the Class EA process

This event will be hosted virtually on the City’s webpage at: www.hamilton.ca/mainwhitneystationea  PIC No. 2 materials will be made available virtually from April 28, 2023 until May 19, 2023.
Please submit your completed Comment Sheet by email or mail to the project team listed below by May 19, 2023.

  • Mapes Ave - Aylett St to Leland St: Resurfacing

Roadway and sidewalk repairs from May 18 to June 7, 2023.

Project Manager: Roadway Maintenance, District North, call 905-546-2486

Status: Completed

Kirkendall

  • HAAA Park Renewal

The park's current features are reaching the end of their service life, and to ensure the community can continue to enjoy the HAAA Grounds, these ageing park features need to be replaced.

The Renewal Plan community consultation ran from February 2021 to the Spring of 2022 (Review past public information presentations and meeting videos)

The park's redevelopment will take place through two phases. Phase 1 will address everything west of the running track, and phase 2 will address the track, field and interior of the HAAA field house.

Project Manager: Sarah Eakins

Status: Park construction expected in Spring 2024.

The City intended to build the Renewal Plan for the Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association (HAAA) Grounds in two phases. The first phase of construction, including the spray pad, playground, basketball court, seating areas, sun shelter, new pathways, park lighting and tree planting, was planned for 2022-2023. The second phase, including the field house renovation, sports field, running track, outdoor fitness equipment, new pathways, skate-dot, seating areas, park lighting, tree planting, memorial beds and irrigated garden beds, was planned for 2024-2025.

While working through the detailed design for Phase 1 of the HAAA Renewal Plan, it has become clear that it will be very difficult to proceed with a phased construction schedule as planned. Some of the significant obstacles that are making a phased approach difficult are:

  • An existing sewer main runs north-south through the middle of the park. This sewer is located underneath the area that would be improved as part of the first phase of construction; therefore, the servicing connections required as part of Phase 2 would require digging up parts of the newly installed park Phase 1 pathways.
  • Part of the renewal plan was to improve the drainage and grading of the park. With the proposed limits of the Phase 1 contract, we needed to ensure the Phase 2 works would be able to tie into the grades set in Phase 1. This posed an issue from a phasing perspective because the existing grades of the westerly portion of the park (phase 2) were creating conflicts with the proposed phase 1 works where they would meet. The existing track would be impacted the most because it would require grading changes on the westerly side, resulting in an undulating track surface.
  • In addition to the grading conflict noted above, the phase 1 works would require the removal of the westerly portion of the existing running track and the installation of a temporary westerly track connection as a result. This connection would require significant disruption within the existing track and field area.
    Where possible, the City prefers not to phase the construction of projects because we aim to avert potential conflicts that are often unavoidable, prevent damaging and reconstructing works previously completed, reduce the period of disruption to the community and improve the overall delivery of projects. However, larger projects with significant costs sometimes need to be phased to allow for appropriate budgeting of costs to be spread out over multiple years as funding becomes available. The HAAA Renewal Plan project was originally funded with the intent to construct the site in two separate phases as funding became available. Funding for the second phase was planned for 2024, so the City can now deliver this project in a single phase in 2024 because the phase 1 construction has been delayed.

Building the HAAA Renewal Plan in a single phase has several benefits:

  • Cost-effective: A single construction contract costs less than a phased construction because there is only one Contractor mobilization charge, pricing will be more competitive for larger quantities of materials (economy of scale) and temporary measures (such as a temporary track connection) will not be required.
  • Timing: A single construction contract benefits the community because the park will be a construction zone (closed to the public) for a shorter period. Closing the park in 2024 aligns better with other planned construction in Ward 1; the HAAA park and spray pad will remain open this year while the Victoria Park amenities are closed.
  • Sustainable: A single construction contract opens up more opportunities for low-impact development solutions to manage stormwater from the park as a whole.
  • Better deliverable: By completing the works within a single-phased approach, the overall delivery of the project has a higher probability of success as any possibility of phasing conflicts is removed. The City can integrate the planned upgrades of the HAAA field house building simultaneously in lieu of separate contracts.

The play structure and spray pad will be out of commission for part of the season. Alternative play structures are located at Jackson Park (439 Jackson S), Mapleside Park (13 Mapleside Ave) and Beulah Park (59 Beulah Ave).  Alternative spray pads: Durand Park (89 Charlton Ave W), Churchill Park (255 Glen Rd), Alexander Park (201 Whitney Ave)

Project website

  • Kent St & Pearl St S 

Status: Completed. Included repair of concrete curbs and sidewalks (at various locations), milling the roadway and re-surfacing with hot mix asphalt on Kent and traffic calming mechanisms from Hunter St W to Amelia as part of the Bicycle Boulevard project

Strathcona

  • Victoria Park Spray Pad and Sun Shelter

Project Manager: Iain Miller

Status: Archaeological is complete; New spray pad and sun shelter construction underway as of July 25, 2023

Project website

  • Jones St Construction

Watermain replacement, storm sewer installation, road & sidewalk reconstruction and associated works

Status: In process

Project Manager: Matt Spoletti

  • Morden St - Full Reconstruction

Status: In process

Project Manager: Matt Spoletti

  • York Boulevard 2024 Construction

Overview from November 2022 Public Meeting

Status: Awaiting tender, expected date start date Spring 2024.

Westdale

  • Real-Time Control Sterling St Sewer Chamber Construction & Road Closure

Project Manager: Hugh Leavens

Why is the City doing this work?

Real-time controls help to manage wastewater flows and reduce combined sewer overflow events efficiently. With advanced computer software responding to sensors that measure factors such as flow, level, pressure and rainfall, real-time controls manipulate gates, weirs, chambers, and pump stations to get the most out of the wastewater system. These responses and adaptations occur immediately, resulting in an overall system that is more capable of managing wet weather flows, better prepared to defend its own systems from damage or overuse and better equip us to protect the water quality of Hamilton Harbour. We can monitor, control, and capture more combined sewer flows in real-time by upgrading flow regulator chambers as on Sterling Street. For more information on Real-Time Control, visit: www.Hamilton.ca/CleanHarbour

Project website

  • Real-Time Control Glen Road Sewer Chamber Construction

The Glen Road Sewer Chamber is located underground in the middle of Glen Road and will undergo capital construction to improve control of combine sewer flows to the wastewater treatment plant. The scope of work includes full road closures on Glen Road between Macklin Street North and Tope Crescent to accommodate the excavation and replacement of an existing chamber.  

Status: Mobilization April 2023

Project website

  • Marion Ave North Reconstruction and Marion Ave S

Phase 1 construction is scheduled to commence on or about April 17, 2023 and be completed by late July 2023. Phase 2 from King Street West to Longwood Road South will follow with an anticipated of Substantial Completion in November 2023, weather permitting. The work involves replacing the existing watermain and water services to the property line, removal and replacement of concrete curb and sidewalk and the re-construction of a new asphalt roadway.

Project Manager: Matt Spoletti

Status: Marion Ave N - Complete, Marion S in progress

  • Churchill Park Phase 3

Phase 3 will address the field house washrooms, pathways, and the Parkside north-end stairs.

Project Manager: Ken Wheaton

Status: In design - Phase 3 will commence in 2024. Community meeting expected in November 2024

Project website