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2022-01-07 Ward 1 Newsletter

This edition of the Ward 1 newsletter includes:

  • H.A.A.A. Fieldhouse Future Uses Survey
  • Black History Month Events
  • Barton-Tiffany Lands - What's the Plan
  • Meet Your Ward 1 Neighbour - Kimberly O'Hare
  • Green Venture Going Ons
    • Down the Drain: Stormwater Management in Hamilton | Tuesday, February 8 @ 6 PM
    • 11 Annual Seedy Saturdays in Hamilton
    • NATURhoods Rebate Program 2022 for Ward 1
    • Native Plant Club
  • Victoria Park Spray Pad and Sun Shelter Final Concept Design
  • Winter Washrooms
  • Complete Streets Better Design Manual Survey
  • Roads and Water Services Review Surveys
  • In case you missed it
    • Ward 1 Q&A Podcast:  Maureen takes questions from Ward 1 residents
    • Art of Change Podcast:  Episode: 2 - How does change happen within and outside of organizations? LRT
    • Alexander Skateboard Park - Design concepts presentation

H.A.A.A. Fieldhouse Future Uses Survey

Kirkendall Residents

During the course of the H.A.A.A. Park renewal consultation, many residents lamented the lack of access to the building and asked how the fieldhouse could become more of a vital public building to the neighbourhood of Kirkendall and better integrated with the overall park renewal (See H.A.A.A. Park Renewal

The H.A.A.A. Field House feasibility project aims to provide an accessible, multi-purpose space for community use and programming opportunities. Feedback from community members and key stakeholders will help inform the project by identifying building improvements and additional features within the existing building.

The H.A.A.A. Fieldhouse is a 5,356 sq/ft building located at 250 Charlton Ave W, at the south end of the Hamilton Amateur Athletics Association park. Designed in 1930 by Hamilton architect Stewart McPhie, and constructed in 1944, the fieldhouse was initially designed to host two locker rooms, a second-floor office, storage and washrooms.

Please complete the survey by February 13, 2022, to share your ideas for the H.A.A.A. Fieldhouse project.

Take the survey 

Black History Month Events

February marks the annual celebration of Black History Month. Check out the numerous online events.

Barton-Tiffany Lands - What's the Plan

Aeon Studio Group is hosting three opportunities for residents to learn more about the studio's vision of a Bayfront Studio District.

Please note that the studio group leads all engagement. The information below is posted as a courtesy to residents who have been asking about the proposed project.

Help design the Bayfront Studio District. Review the preliminary plan for the Barton Tiffany lands, and share your ideas and feedback.

Join a virtual town hall meeting for Ward 1 residents hosted by Aeon Studio Group. Meet the team behind the studio district, ask questions, and provide your input.
February 9, 2022 @ 6:30PM -  REGISTER 

Tour the studio! Aeon is opening the doors at Bayfront Studios, Hamilton's biggest film and T.V. production studio, for a one-time behind-the-scenes studio tour experience. Come one, come all!
February 12, 2022 @10:00 AM - 3:00 PM -  REGISTER
Register at

Meet Your Ward 1 Neighbour - Kimberly O'Hare

Hear why this local wildlife biologist calls Westdale home and why she engages in many environmental projects that build resiliency in the neighbourhood.

Green Venture Going Ons

  • Down the Drain: Stormwater Management in Hamilton | Tuesday, February 8 @ 6 PM

Storms are becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change, and we are experiencing more pollution in our waterways and flooding in our communities. This is putting a ton of pressure on our stormwater management systems. But there's a solution! If we work together to manage rain where it falls, we can lessen the impact on our infrastructure and restore our natural waterways. Learn from the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Water group about where your stormwater goes, how to keep our infrastructure operational and why lot-level (e.g. from your yard!) intervention is important for pollution and flood control in our communities.

Learn more and register 

  • 11 Annual Seedy Saturdays in Hamilton

A new online workshop each Saturday in February - Find out more here.

  • NATURhoods Rebate Program 2022 for Ward 1

The NATURhoods Rebate Program is back for 2022! Didn't get a chance to apply last year? Know someone that wants to slow down and soak up water on their property? The rebate program will be launched shortly. Be the first to find out when the workshops and applications are open.

Stay connected

  • Native Plant Club

Help support Green Venture's work and fundraise for our NATURhoods program. Receive a seasonal box filled with mystery native plants from Ontario Native Plants and a surprise gift from a local eco-conscious business in Hamilton. Reserve your boxes today to be picked up on select dates in 2022 at EcoHouse (22 Veevers Drive, Hamilton).

Learn more and join the club 

Victoria Park Spray Pad and Sun Shelter Final Concept Design

Following consultation with residents, the final concept design for Victoria Park's spray pad and sun shelter is ready. We received a sneak peek at it and it's beautiful. It takes elements from the two concepts and weaves them together to reflect the community's favourite features.

The design team will be moving forward with detailed design construction drawings to advance for the tender-ready stage in late spring. Anticipated construction is for the summer of 2022.

The final report will be up later this week on the Victoria Park Improvements website

Winter Washrooms

The City has 18 winterized washrooms in-park locations across Hamilton that are available for daytime use (8:00 AM–4:00 PM) during the fall and winter season. Alexander Park and Victoria Park are amongst washrooms listed for winter use. Alexander Park and Victoria Park are open for winter use. A feasibility study is underway to winterize Churchill Park and the H.A.A.A. washrooms.

For a complete list of winterized public washrooms in City parks, visit:

Complete Streets Better Design Manual 

The City of Hamilton is developing a Complete, Livable, Better (C.L.B.) Streets Design Manual. This manual will provide a set of consistent guidelines and tools to inform the design, implementation, maintenance and monitoring of C.L.B. Streets across the City. The purpose of this manual is to:

  • Encourage designs that better balance considerations for the different transportation modes that share streets;
  • Focus on enhancing road safety, and;
  • Design streets to address the transportation requirements and placemaking functions of surrounding areas.
  • The manual is being developed in two phases in 2020 and 2021, and stakeholders are invited to provide their input to help inform the project.

C.L.B. Streets Survey #2 - Survey closes February 18, 2022

Roads and Water Services Review

The City of Hamilton has launched the first two in a series of surveys that will help inform how we plan to renew and rehabilitate key assets in our community. These first surveys are related to roads, bridges and water services and ask residents to share their feedback to ensure future taxpayer dollars are being spent in alignment with the community's needs and expectations.

The feedback received will inform the development and execution of the City's Corporate Asset Management Plan, which is required to meet new provincial legislative requirements.

Asset management planning is an ongoing and long-term process that allows municipalities to make the best possible investment decisions for their infrastructure assets. This includes building, operation, maintenance, renewal, replacement and disposal.

Residents can complete two brief surveys and drop comments onto a map using the Engage Hamilton platform. Resident feedback is vital to the preparation of the Asset Management Plan and to ensure the community's thoughts, opinions, and satisfaction levels are thoughtfully considered as the plan, priorities, and strategies are developed.

This public engagement opportunity runs until February 18, 2022. Residents can learn more and take the survey in the following ways:

Drinking water, Stormwater and Wastewater - Take the survey 

Roads, Bridges and Culverts - Take the survey 

Over the phone, by calling 905 546-2424 ext. 2461 (weekdays between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM)

The City's New Leak Protection Program

The City of Hamilton has implemented a new Leak Protection Program to cover excess costs resulting from unexpected water leaks in the home.

The new program will cover qualifying leaks up to $2,500 once every 24 months for residential customers who may incur any unexpected expense on their water bill that leaky pipes can cause. All residents are automatically covered by the program, which ServLine administers.

Key benefits of the new Leak Protection Program – as outlined in the City's Water Leak Adjustment Policy – include:

  • Ability to submit one claim every 24 months
  • Coverage of 100 per cent of excess charges up to $2,500
  • Eligibility for all homeowners, including residential rental properties, who have their own water meter
  • Qualifying leaks adjusted back to resident's average bill over the previous 12 months

Information on the new Leak Protection Program guidelines and qualifications is available at 

Residents who have questions or wish to file a claim should call ServLine at 1-888-977-7471.

In case you missed it

  • Ward 1 Q&A Podcast:  Maureen takes questions from Ward 1 residents on various issues at both the neighbourhood and greater municipality levels. Chedoke Creek remediation, stormwater mitigation, bike lanes, No urban boundary expansion, budget and taxes, waterfront and Barton-Tiffany lands, pollinator gardens, traffic calming and parking, and so on. Podcast recorded January 20, 2022. Listen here

  • Art of Change Podcast:  Episode: 2 - How does change happen within and outside of organizations? In Episode 2, Maureen Wilson and Ryan McGreal reflect on the time needed for change to occur in the context of Hamilton's Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. Then, Karl Andrus speaks about the power of community in voicing change through community benefits. Listen here

  • Alexander Skateboard Park - Design concepts presentation,  Video
    Visit the Alexander Park Skate Park website to view all documents related to the project.

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The City of Hamilton is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. 

Today, the City of Hamilton is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island (North America), and we recognize that we must do more to learn about the rich history of this land so that we can better understand our roles as residents, neighbours, partners and caretakers.