We hope you are planning to join the fun on June 24th at Durand Park. There will be music, displays, horse-and-carriage rides, face painting, balloon animals, vendors, food trucks — it will be a day to remember as we celebrate 45 years of service to the community, our new park, and St. Mark’s.
The celebration will also be a big THANK YOU to our members for your support. We could not do this without you, so please, come out and enjoy the day, meet your neighbours and enjoy the beginning of summer in the most beautiful neighbourhood in the city!
Ta da! Thanks to Meaghan Carrocci for all of her hard work and patient listening to input from committee members. We hope you like our logo for the 45th Anniversary celebration of the Durand Neighbourhood Association.
In case you are new to the neighbourhood, the date for our celebration is June 24th starting at 1 p.m. in Durand Park. You will enjoy: Displays, music, vendors, face painting, balloon animals, and much more. Hope to see you there!
There is a lot happening in our downtown neighbourhood and in the wider West Hamilton area. In case you haven’t heard, West Hamilton is undergoing an Accommodation Review by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. This process includes a review, with community input, of enrollment levels at our schools and the state-of-repair of our school facilities. Included in the review is Central Public School. Board member Paul Nichols and I have attended two public information sessions. We are so very lucky to have Paul Nichols on our board as he is a planner with the Toronto District School Board and has depths of knowledge about the process (and he doesn’t mind patiently explaining it to me).
Please be assured that there is no serious consideration of closing Central Public School. The initial report recommended closing Hess Street School (which is also not a good idea). The process itself is challenging. The province will offer money to build new schools, and although there is funding available for maintenance and repair of existing schools, the money is inadequate and additions to existing schools are normally not approved. One gentleman at the ARC meeting on March 8 mentioned his concern about giving up school properties and then having to buy land in the future when we have more residents in the downtown. This is a valid concern as there are plans in the works for further intensification in the lower city (West Harbour, Barton/Tiffany). You can find more information at this link:
Please feel free to share your feedback with the school board. The DNA will be writing a letter to support the retention of all nine schools as we believe all are important community centres/hubs.
DATES TO REMEMBER
LRT Meeting of Council – Tuesday, March 28. This is a special meeting of council to vote on the EAP. This should be a simple vote, however, we know that some councillors are getting nervous as we move closer to the construction phase. The agenda for the meeting is not yet available online. Updates to follow.
June 24, 2017 – Party in the Park! We will celebrate our 45th anniversary with music, displays, vendors, food trucks, face painting, balloon animals, horse and buggy rides. Fun, fun, fun! Hope to see you there.
Lots of spooky fun in the park! Join us as we celebrate Halowe’en 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Thank you to everyone who crossed their fingers and toes for good weather tomorrow. The forecast is for a slightly chilly but dry day on Saturday, and we will begin showing the movie (The Minions Movie) at 7:45. Bring chairs and blankets!
Please join us in our beautiful new park tomorrow at 5 p.m. There will be face painting, glitter tattoos, popcorn and coffee for grownups. Dora’s Express will have a value-priced menu in case you want to skip the cooking tomorrow night.
In addition to the Durand Neighbourhood Association’s program of events, we are going to have a bike lane celebration in addition to the movie night. Please see the previous blog entry for details.
Fun for one and all! It’s great that our park is buzzing with all of this community activity.
Movie In The Park