PERFORMANCE STATUS REPORT
(Progress Schedule for North Wentworth Arena)
New Flamborough arena on the way
$19-million twin pad to help community meet growing demand for ice time
The Hamilton Spectator
- It's taken 10 years, but construction of a new skating and hockey
facility in north Flamborough is finally under way.
$19-million project will see a new North Wentworth twin pad arena built
behind the existing rink on Highway 5, just west of Clappison's Corners.
been a long haul and about 10 years of solid work," said Ward 15
Councillor Margaret McCarthy at yesterday's ceremonial groundbreaking.
"There were a lot of hurdles, and this site has had analysis paralysis."
project was first proposed in 1998 as a small half-rink to bolster
available ice in growing Waterdown, but demand grew for a full facility.
from the former town of Flamborough was set aside, but the project went
into limbo with Hamilton's amalgamation in 2001. The financial pot
remained and grew, rounded out by contributions from the province.
But the project kept landing on council's back burners despite strong demand from the community, McCarthy said.
The new facility, to be completed by late 2011, will provide two NHL-sized hockey rinks with combined seating for about 1,000.
will be six barrier-free dressing rooms per rink, three meeting rooms
and about 300 parking spaces. The rink will also use green
technologies, including geothermal heating and cooling.
offers a whole new turned page for this community and possibly having
more women involved in hockey who will not have to go down into
Hamilton or into Burlington to play," said Patte Beltrame, a founding
member of the arena development committee.
According to city recreation division director Diane LaPointe-Kay, the existing rink is heavily used.
"We identified the need for a new facility due to growth and demand for minor hockey in this area," she said.
"It will also give an opportunity for the local figure skating clubs and general community to access it."
St. Marys Quarry STOPPED
Flamborough Quarry VICTORY Announcement
Hamilton City Council
April 14, 2010
Here for a Video Clip of Councillor Margaret McCarthy Advising Council
and the Citizens of Hamilton of the Province's Announcement
(note: video may take a minute to download)
the St. Mary's Cement quarry
intervenes to prevent quarry development, responds to community
concern for groundwater conservation
of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued a Ministerial Zoning Order
Section 47 of the Planning Act
to freeze the zoning of 154 hectares of land in the former Town of
a result, St. Mary's Cement Inc. is prohibited from using these lands
for a proposed major quarry development.
comes after concerns about the potential impact on groundwater raised
by Hamilton City Council, the Halton Regional Council, local Medical
officers of Health and countless citizens potentially impacted by the
is a watershed day for our community and a fitting tribute to the
enormous community-based leadership that articulated the case against
the proposed St. Mary's Quarry so very well," said MPP Ted
MZO, the zoning on the land shall remain 'Rural and Conservation
Management' in perpetuity and ONLY those uses consistent with this
designated zoning will be permitted. This ensures the long-term
protection of groundwater resources in this sensitive area.
community came together and stood shoulder to shoulder in the fight
to stop the quarry," said McMeekin. "In so doing we have
not only protected the water resource we hold sacred but also the
environmental heritage of this area."
community-based opposition to the quarry was led by FORCE, Friends of
the Rural Community and the Environment.
is a joyous day for our communities," said Graham Flint, Chair
and Spokesperson for Friends of Rural Communities and the Environment
(FORCE). "We thank Ted for his tireless efforts to champion our
cause at the provincial level and applaud the McGuinty government for
hearing and responding to the very real concerns of our local
municipalities and citizens about this massive open pit mine
proposal. Now our drinking water, the air we breathe, the fragile
natural features in this area, our way
of life and the roads we use to work, live and play will be
04/28/10 - City of
Hamilton Council Motion -
Unanimously Approved - "Therefore Be It Resolved: Given that the
has passed a Ministerial Zoning Order for the subject property, the City
Hamilton will no longer co-ordinate, or participate in, a quarry
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