It’s been an interesting week watching our City Council as they struggle with what to do with the billion dollar gift from the province, but there are always good news stories and here are two, shared by Janice Brown:
I am delighted to introduce you to Olivia, a very special young Durander who I became acquainted with during activities that we have hosted in the Durand Park since our revitalization. Most recently, her class at Ryerson carved 30 pumpkins for the very successful Spooktakular hosted byDurand Neighbourhood Association last October!
And now, Olivia’s class working on an assignment called “Chase the Future – 2041”, a project that impacts her generation and how she sees her Hamilton in 2041.
On Thursday afternoon while we were both in the park, Olivia asked me if I knew of a space in Durand where she could implement her idea to create a “pollinator garden”. I suggested she investigate our alleyways. By that evening, not only had she found a plot of land where a neighbor was more than willing to allow her to do this, but she had her plot cleared and was beginning to cultivate. I met up with her again on Good Friday (next day) and learned that her teacher would contribute a bag of soil and some seeds. She will be planting milkweed and other native plants that will attract our pollinators, and the best part is that she has encouraged her friends to plant their own gardens. As for her alleyway, she wants to make it a living piece of art! I love her creativity, her enthusiasm, her drive and her initiative. If anyone can help, I know Olivia could use more soil, any native plants that you might be able to donate and mulch. She has the tools and more importantly the drive!
Olivia plans on creating a 3-D image of her “pollinator garden” and hopes to be a successful candidate in an upcoming special school Festival in May. You will also be able to see he work at our 45th DNA Anniversary Party in the Park June 24th.
Olivia – Good Friday – just starting out!
Please email Janice Brown if you can help Olivia with plants, mulch or soil!
WALKING TOUR – JUNE 3
The AGH is hosting a walking tour led by Bill Manson, author of Footsteps in Time. The walk is titled: Hamilton’s Stone Age of Architecture, 1800-1900: A Historical Walking Tour with Bill Manson. You can sign up at this link. The cost is $40 for AGH members and $50 for non-members.
We know from history that it’s not over until a building is actually demolished (e.g. Sandyford Place). Please take a moment and sign the petition asking the province to save our Gore Park buildings. These are structurally sound buildings and do not have to come down! The practice of demolishing sound buildings for “new” is wasteful and adds to our landfills. The Templar Flats on King William show what can be done with a bit of foresight and planning. The petition has 458 signatures already.
Thank you for your time and interest in Hamilton’s heritage.
On January 25, City Council voted to support the demolition request for the historic Gore Park buildings — only Aidan Johnson, Matthew Green and Brenda Johnson opposed the motion. The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario is appealing to Minister Eleanor McMahon to step in to mediate a conservation solution. See the link below to read more from the ACO with a link to the letter to the Minister.
ACO-Letter to the Honourable Eleanor McMahon
Following is an email I received from our intrepid Janice Brown. There is still time to intervene to stop the demolition of our iconic Gore Park buildings. As long as they are standing, it is not too late! Please read the following and decide if you can spare a few minutes to send an email to the politicians listed below:
Last week the Planning Committee of Council approved the demolition of 24 & 28 King Street East and partial demolition of 18 – 22 King Street East.
These are all structurally sound heritage buildings in the heart of our city.
City Council meets on January 25 to vote on Planning Committee’s decision.
It is not too late to stop this demolition.
Friends of the Gore and supporters are sending letters to the Mayor and the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport requesting the following:
RE: 18-28 King Street East, Hamilton.
- NO DEMOLITION
- ESTABLISH A HERITAGE CONSERVATION DISTRICT FOR THE GORE
Please do the same and make our voices heard!
Ask the Mayor to contact the Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport to ask that she intervene to stop these demolitions.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask Eleanor McMahon, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport to intervene to stop demolition, to mediate, and establish a Heritage Conservation District.
Email to: email@example.com
Please appeal to MPP’s and MP’s as well.
Thank you, Carol and Janice
Beasley and Durand Neighbourhood Associations
Our website is back online after a brief outage this week. Our apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced.
The repairs to our website are just in time to let you know about the Planning Committee Meeting scheduled on Tuesday, January 17 at City Hall, 9:30 a.m. Item 8.1 on the agenda is Discussion of the Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee Report 16-010. The Committee will hear delegations from community citizens as well as the architect for the proposed development at Gore Park. We need your support! As Ryan McGreal outlines in his excellent article on Raise the Hammer, Save 18-28 King Street , this is a critical time in Hamilton’s history if you care about heritage.
The DNA is supporting Friends of the Gore. We have submitted a letter to Council and the Planning Committee to reiterate our stand on the proposed demolitions and representatives will attend the meeting on Tuesday. Board member Dennis Baker has submitted an application to make a delegation. Janice Brown will have a few t-shirts on the day of the meeting for those Duranders who attend, or you can wear green to show your support.
Once these iconic buildings are demolished, they are gone forever. We have already lost so much built heritage in this city. Let’s save our Gore streetwall!