Community celebrates launch of two play structures in Ward 8

This post, from June 28, has details on recent community celebrations launching two newer Ward 8 play structures.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Community events at Ridgemount Park and Captain Cornelius Park were two years in the making as COVID delayed community launch parties.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Councillor Danko had to wait until June 25 and 26 to celebrate with local residents the new play structures at Captain Cornelius Park and Ridgemount Park.

The Ridgemount Park play structure, located along Hester Street near Dave Andreychuk Arena, was built for an estimated $150,000, and approved in 2020. Becky Buck, the Ward 8 & 14 school board trustee, as a big help in facilitating the placement of the structure- which now resides fully on school board property.

Back in 2019, City Council approved Councillor Danko’s motion to spend $60,000 to install a new, environmentally-sustainable play structure at Captain Cornelius Park that had improved safety features for children of the surrounding Rolston neighbourhood.

“Both of (the play structures) were at their end of life,” Councillor Danko told the Hamilton News. “They needed to be replaced. We went above and beyond what was needed for the community.”

Councillor Danko held community-engagement sessions with local residents at both locations to gather input on what they wanted to see in the structures.

The Ridgemount play structure is frequently used by students at the local public elementary school along Hester St., as well as those in the local community. Councillor Danko frequently heard from area residents, many of whom live in high-rises in the nearby areas, about how the play structure at Ridgemount Park was basically their backyard.

As for Captain Cornelius Park, located in the Rolston neighbourhood, back in 2017 councillors approved spending $100,000 in 2017 and another $50,000 in 2018 to help pay for a crushed stone accessible path around the nine-hectare Captain Cornelius Park and through the nearby forest area, located north of Limeridge Road, west of West 5th on Mountbatten Drive.

In 2016, a consultant proposed several improvements to the park, including a community garden, a drinking fountain, and the elimination of invasive greenery in the forest.

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Councillor John-Paul Danko