Waterdown Ice Loop Construction to Break Ground

Waterdown Ice Loop Construction to Break Ground

December 18, 2015

SDG was retained as part of a multi-disciplinary team to prepare the landscape architectural drawings for the new skate loop.

Flamborough Review By Catherine O’Hara

The wait for the Waterdown Rotary Memorial Park Skating Loop is almost over.

Construction of the path, a partnership project between the Rotary Club of Waterdown and the City of Hamilton, is slated to begin soon after a Sept. 19 groundbreaking ceremony, slated for 11 a.m. at the Hamilton Street North park.

The project, which was first unveiled to the community at a March 2014 meeting, experienced some delays due to its proximity to Hamilton Street North.

The ice loop’s location, according to previously published reports, did not meet minimum setback requirements for road allowances. So designs were sent back to the drawing board, resulting in the reconfiguration of buildings and amenities on the site plan, explained Robyn Ellis, Hamilton’s acting manager of strategic planning, capital and compliance, facilities management and capital programs.

“It has turned out to be a better design for the community,” said Ward 15 Councillor Judi Partridge of the design changes.

Following consultations with the local baseball association, the city plans to reposition the main ball diamond within the park. This will make room for the 200-metre curved path and the facility that will be provide additional park amenities and offer storage for the refrigeration equipment.

The ice loop will run near the Lions Club pavilion. It should be open for skating in the new year.

“I’m really, really pushing hard to have it open for January 1,” said Partridge. But given that the installation of the path is expected to take between three to four months, meeting the January 2016 target “is going to be very tight,” she said.

Memorial Park is slated to undergo further enhancements next year with the installation of a paved path that will run the perimeter of the park, linking various activity areas Upon completion, residents can use the multi-seasonal path for skating during the winter months and walking, in-line skating and cycling in spring, summer and fall.

The Waterdown Rotary Memorial Park Skating Loop’s price tag was originally estimated at $2.2 million. The Rotary Club of Waterdown made a $1-million contribution to see the project through with the city funding the remainder of the cost.

According to Ellis, the tender recently closed just over the previously budgeted amount. “Sometimes market conditions can create a variance in project costs, but the variance was not significant,” she said. The city, noted Partridge, “is picking up the difference.”