Stoney Creek’s Valley Park recreation centre and library project set to begin

Temporary site expected next month

October 25, 2019 By Kevin Werner

A new temporary location on Paramount Drive for the relocated Valley Park Library is scheduled to open “shortly” to accommodate the renovations that will begin at Valley Park Arena, starting in November.

Shelly McKay, communications manager for the Hamilton Public Library, said the new short-term location for the library will be at 1050 Paramount Dr. The building, located in a plaza near Mistywood Drive, will be undergoing “minor” retrofits for electric, water, HVAC and technological upgrades.

Once the upgrades are made — and library materials and furniture are relocated to the Paramount location — it will open after the Valley Park library is closed, expected to be by mid to late November, she said.

During the transition time when there are no library operations available, a material drop box and library Bookmobile will be offered to the community, she said.

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The $8.1-million renovation project for the Valley Park library is expected to take up to two years to complete. The tender for the project is open until Nov. 12.

Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark said the recreation centre’s pool has been drained, and equipment has been removed from the facility. Construction fencing and hoarding should be installed sometime in November.

He said the arena will remain open because it has its own entrance. The pool had to be shut down because it shared an entrance with the library and was too close to the construction and would have violated Ministry of Labour regulations. When the two-year pool closure was announced in July, it prompted an outpouring of complaints from pool users.

Clark said despite “rumours” on social media, the library construction schedule remains on time.

“I will be providing quarterly updates about the renovations to the public and making sure everyone understands where we are,” he said.

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Upgrading the Valley Park library branch will mean expanding the facility’s square footage from the current 3,000 to about 12,000 square feet. The design, by McCallum Sather Architects, includes building an all-glass side that looks out onto Marston Street.

Inside, the plan includes creating a lounge to attract teenagers, a children’s area, collaborative space, a makerspace that has proven popular at the downtown Central Library, multi-purpose rooms that can be used in conjunction with the recreation centre, washrooms and a general collection area.

A glassed-encased courtyard is also proposed to house trees, plants and seating rocks.

The library is providing $965,000 in reserves as part of the project’s funding, with the city contributing about half a million dollars. The Heritage Green Community Trust is contributing $1.25 million for the facility, which will go toward the two multi-purpose rooms of at least 1,500 square feet. Development charges are expected to cover the rest of the cost.

Valley Park Community Centre, which includes recreation and meeting room spaces, was last renovated in 1990. The city says mechanical equipment had reached the end of its service time, requiring an upgrade to the building and interior.

The renovations will include expanded recreation programing space, a new reception desk and common areas, roof replacement, exterior cladding, block repair and parking lot resurfacing.