Category Archives: Durand Park

Party in the Park Today!

Come and join us in Durand Park as we celebrate 45 years.  Music, vendors, displays, horse and carriage ride, face painting, balloon animals, food trucks!  It will be a day to remember.

Don’t forget your sunscreen, a blanket or chair to sit on and water (our water fountain is out of commission).

See you soon!

Durand 45th Anniversary Poster

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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!

Durand 45th Anniversary Poster

Plans for Saturday? Join your neighbours!

June 3 is the day for 100-in-1-Day initiatives throughout the city and in Durand, Chris Redmond of Durand Coffee is organizing a clean-up of Durand Park and alleyways throughout Durand.  Meet at the coffee shop (corner of Charlton and Caroline) at 9:30 a.m. on June 3 to get started with some hot delicious beverages and maps, then we’ll set out and pick up all trash and litter we can find in Durand Park and all over the neighbourhood. (Bags and gloves will be provided.)   It’s a fun way to meet your neighbours and spiff up the neighbourhood at the same time.   Here is the link for our event:  Click

For those who want to help to do some gardening in Durand Park (the weeds are doing very well with all of the rain), please bring garden gloves and your favourite garden tools.

See you Saturday!

Updates: Medallion Town Hall, Heritage, 100 in 1 Day

MEDALLION TOWN HALL

In case you missed it, about 75 Duranders filled the auditorium in the old Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 17.  We were joined by Rad Vucicevich, Nick Rassenti (IBI), Stephanie Kwast and Ken Chen who presented their proposal for two point towers of 27 and 29 storeys onthe site bordered by Bold, Duke, MacNab and Park.  Medallion is in the very early stages of the plan, and have the following steps to take:

  • Traffic study
  • Shadow study
  • Parking study (e.g. how many parking spots per unit)
  • Hydro-geological study
  • Heritage consultation
  • Public Meeting
  • Rezoning (currently zoned for 12 storeys)

The projected timeline is 18 months to four years.  The reps from Medallion answered many questions from residents, but did not have firm plans for some important questions from current residents of the apartments, including: Where/when is replacement housing for current tenants planned?  Will current tenants have priority in the new buildings?  What will rent levels be in the new buildings?

For other residents of Durand, increased traffic was the top item of concern, despite assurances that tenants of these buildings will not need cars due to proximity to HSR and GO transit.

Medallion has promised to keep the lines of communication open through the Durand Neighbourhood Association.  We will send out updates through this blog.

Thank you for continuing to engage on matters that are important to this neighbourhood and our neighbours.

HERITAGE UPDATES

13-15 Inglewood approved for Designation by HMHC and moving to Planning and then Council.

Durand Built Heritage is moving to Planning and then Council.

All Heritage Permits approved for Pasadena Apartments.

Work is underway at St Marks.

100 IN 1 DAY – CLEAN-UP IN DURAND PARK

June 3 is the day for 100-in-1-Day initiatives throughout the city and globally (see poster below).  In Durand, Chris Redmond of Durand Coffee is organizing a clean-up of Durand Park and alleyways throughout Durand.  Meet at the coffee shop at 9:30 a.m. on June 3 to get started with some hot delicious beverages and maps, then we’ll set out and pick up all trash and litter we can find in Durand Park and all over the neighbourhood. (Bags and gloves will be provided.)   It’s a fun way to meet your neighbours and spiff up the neighbourhood at the same time.   Here is the link for our event:  Click

If you have an idea for other 100-in-1-Day projects, Register  100in1day.ca/hamilton or tour the action taking place all across the city on June 3!

Large text poster for seniors

Updates – May 9, 2017

Hello Duranders,

Here are a few updates since the last newsletter and blog post. Olivia, who is nurturing her alleyway pollinator garden, was invited to showcase her 3- D image of her “pollinator garden” this past week at the city-wide 2014 – Chase your Dream Festival

Congratulations Olivia! Please visit Olivia at our 45th DNA Anniversary Party in the Park June 24th. She would be delighted to share her experiences with you. And to those Duranders who sent offers to help Olivia with supplies, a great big Thank You.olivia 2

Central Public School

Not only will Olivia be on hand at our 45th celebration, but Mrs. Bower’s Grade 4/5 class will be presenting a display titled “Then and Now” featuring Central Public School. As many of you know, this is the first graded school in Ontario. Central Public School opened in 1853 with 12 classrooms and 1000 students!

Did you attend Central Public? Do you know of anyone who did? Spread the word and make sure to visit this booth on June 24, 2017 Durand Park. We have photos, newspaper clippings, and anniversary celebrations dating back to 1853 right up to the present day.

Durand Built Heritage Inventory

The Durand Built Heritage Inventory staff report will be presented to the Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee (HMHC) on May 18, 2017 for approval. If approved, this report will then go to the Planning Committee and then to Council.

For additional information on Durand Inventory and the staff recommendations: https://www.hamilton.ca/city-planning/heritage-properties/hamilton-built-heritage-inventory-process

Town Hall Meeting:  May 17

Medallion Development Corporation will be on hand to present their plans for the property located at Duke, Bold and MacNab. Currently there are five low rise apartments located on this site. Your voice matters! Please make sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming Town Hall Meeting Wednesday May 17, 2017, Old Football Hall of Fame Auditorium, behind City Hall. Doors open at 6:30. Presentation 7pm-9pm.

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Street Signs!

Look for new street signs for our two Heritage Conservation Districts. (Durand Markland and MacNab-Charles).  During the 2014 Participatory Budget process, signage was approved for each of the neighbourhoods in Ward 2. With our funding allocation, we choose to feature and bring attention to our heritage districts. Thank you to board member Geoff Roche who designed our signs.

We are hoping that the installation will occur in time for our 45th Anniversary Celebration June 24, 2017 Durand Park. We have carriage rides planned for a portion of the Durand Markland Heritage District. Make sure to take part in this featured activity. We will be providing a commentary along with the ride!

Heritage district street sign Model (2)