Category Archives: Durand Park

Well, that was fun!

As thunder begins to rumble and raindrops hit the window on Sunday, June 25 I’m reflecting on how incredibly lucky we were on Saturday — we had the perfect weather for our party in the park — not too hot and no RAIN, which seems to be a rarity in this summer of 2017.

There are many people and businesses to thank, but first of all, we would like to thank YOU, our Duranders, who came out, enjoyed the day and had fun meeting neighbours.  Our park is a special place, beautiful and inviting, and we can be thankful again for the pioneers in 1972 who fought for our green space.

Anne Tennier worked hard gathering items for our raffle prizes, and we would like to thank the contributors:

Aquarius Lounge – $50 gift certificate for Aquarius Lounge or Mattson & Co on Locke Street

Beckers, Caroline & Herkimer – Two Canada 150 hats + their bucket of cold beverages delivered to the park at about 4 p.m. on Saturday — so generous!

Durand Coffee – Half pound of coffee and $15 gift card

Guardian Drug – Body wash and hand cream caddy

Hamilton Store – gift basket valued at $65

Hammercloth – gift blanket

House of Java – Chocolate sampler gift pack

Mercedes Spa – product bag and pedicure gift card

Mezcal – $10 gift card

Red Crow – Two $10 gift cards

Royal pizza – Two $10 gift cards

Shoppers Drug Mart – Two kit bags full of product samplers

Wass Ethipoian Restaurant – $15 gift voucher

Vendors also donated to a gift pack:  Hammercloth donated a blanket, Sassafras Botannical donated handmade soap and House on Hunter donated home-made granola.

We will be posting photos soon plus an update on the progress of repairs to our splash pad.  Watch your email inbox for the latest news from Durand NA.

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

0 more sleeps until the party!

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