Category Archives: Community Events

Events and Activities in and around the Durand Neighbourhood

45th Anniversary Celebration – June 24th

DNA-45thAnniversaryLOGO-CMYK-

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!

 

 

Updates and Dates to Remember

Hi everyone,

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:

HWDSB-Accommodation-Review

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.

 

Date Correction: Downtown Secondary Plan – Public Event February 13

Hi Duranders,

The City is holding a Public Open House to present and explain the proposed updates to the Downtown Secondary Plan and Zoning Bylaw.  Please see the invitation below for more information.

DTSP_LetsTalkFlyer-page-0

Hope to see you there!

Durand Neighbourhood Character Project – Have your Say!

How do we balance new growth in Durand with existing neighbourhood character?

 Tell Us What You Think with the Durand Character Survey

 Hey Duranders! The Durand Neighbourhood Association wants to know what you think about the look and feel of our community.

 As part of our Durand Neighbourhood Character Project, we’d like you to fill out a short survey about your community. What factors, such as building height, parking and landscaping, do you like or dislike about your street. Your input will help us better understand what the citizens of this community value about the building design in our neighbourhood.

 People in your community are taking the survey today, click here to take it now.

 You may already have seen your fellow Duranders out on our neighbourhood streets recording details about local buildings. Our project partner, Civicplan, has designed a street audit tool that a team of Duranders used to collect information about the character of streets all around the neighbourhood. These audits and your surveys will work together to help us better understand what we love about the factors that define our neighbourhood and this information will help shape community planning decisions in Durand moving forward.

 For more information about the project, visit www.durandcharacter.com

Durand Neighbourhood Character Project

Take The Durand Character Survey

Hey Duranders! The Durand Neighbourhood Association wants to know what you think about the look and feel of our community. As part of our Durand Neighbourhood Character Project, we’d like you to fill out a short survey on the factors that make your street and your neighbourhood unique.

Your input will help us better understand what the citizens of this community value in terms of building size and form, trees and landscaping, and other factors. We’ll use this information to help shape community planning decisions in Durand moving forward.

 To take the survey, click here.

 You may already have seen your fellow Duranders out on our neighbourhood streets recording details about local buildings. Our project partner, Civicplan, has designed a street audit tool that a team of Duranders used to collect information about the character of streets all around the neighbourhood. These audits and your surveys will work together to help us better understand the factors that define the neighbourhood we love.

 For more information about the project, visit www.durandcharacter.com