City Mosquito Control Combats West Nile Virus

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Commencing as early as June 1 and ending as late as October 31, 2022, Hamilton Public Health Services is conducting ongoing monitoring of mosquito larvae, known as immature mosquitos, in standing surface water within the city’s boundaries on city-owned property. As you may recall, this is an annual operation and when monitoring indicates there is a need for mosquito control, application of larvicide may be required in order to prevent larval development into vectors of West Nile Virus. Locations for larvicide application may include identified standing surface water located on public property, catch basins of storm drains on city streets and on selected publicly-owned properties.

The application of the larvicides will be carried out under permit from the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, and all control products will be applied by licensed applicators or trained technicians of Pestalto Environmental Health Services Inc., under contract with the City of Hamilton.

As part of the annual notification to the community, an ad will be published in the Hamilton Spectator on Tuesday, May 24, as required by the Ministry, and a media release, included below, will also be issued to local media outlets Tuesday morning.

Here as well are precautions your constituents can take to protect themselves against mosquito bites, including:

  • Using a mosquito repellent (bug spray) containing DEET or Icaridin.
  • Avoiding areas where mosquitoes are known to be present or cover up by wearing light coloured long sleeves and long pants when in mosquito areas such as wooded areas, on the golf course, or in the garden, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Reducing mosquito breeding sites by removing standing water at least weekly from your property. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in very shallow standing water. If you remove the standing water, they cannot lay eggs

Update: Scheduled Maintenance on Linc

Please be advised that as a result of the forecasted precipitation beginning tonight until Friday morning, the scheduled maintenance on Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway (LINC) has been modified as follows:

Previously scheduled plan:

  • Eastbound: Thursday, May 26 at 11 pm until Monday, May 30 at 4 am.
  • Westbound: Friday May 27 at 10 am until Monday, May 30 at 4 am.

Revised schedule plan:

  • Eastbound:  Friday, May 27 at 10 am until Monday, May 30th at 7 pm.
  • Westbound: Friday, May 27 at 10 am until Monday, May 30th at 4 am.

Given that the resurfacing and asphalt repairs require dry conditions, any further changes to the dates and timing of this work will be posted at www.hamilton.ca/lincmaintenance and on Twitter @CityofHamilton.

Valley Park Community Centre Open

HAMILTON, ON – Construction is now complete at Valley Park Community Centre, with staff ready to welcome residents back to the newly renovated facility. To mark the occasion, free drop-in open swim and gym programming will be offered between May 4 to 7, 2022. Regular drop-in swim and gym programs are set to begin on May 9, 2022, with a gradual return to full programming anticipated in the fall. 

Since closing its doors for renovations in July 2019, the City has invested approximately $14M into the Valley Park Community Centre project.

Improvements at Valley Park Community Centre include:

  • Expanded recreation programming space
  • New reception desk and common areas
  • Roofing replacement
  • Exterior cladding and block repair
  • Pool boiler, pumps and water heater
  • Barrier-free washrooms
  • Painting of pool area ceiling
  • Arena dehumidifier
  • HVAC replacement
  • Building automation and security systems
  • Parking lot resurfacing

A grand re-opening of the facility is anticipated for July 2022.

Quick Facts

  • Valley Park Community Centre first opened its doors in 1982, with the last renovation occurring in 1990 to create the addition of the arena and aquatics complex to the existing recreation centre and library facilities.
  • Valley Park Community Centre’s recreation facility space is approximately 1290 square metres. 
  • Facility amenities include: on-site parking, free Wi-Fi, automatic doors, service counter, accessible washrooms, warm teaching pool, accessible pool access (ramp), viewing areas, lockers, activity rooms, change tables, gym and universal change rooms.

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“Staff are looking forward to welcoming back residents to Valley Park Community Centre. As one of the busiest recreation centres in Hamilton, we know how much these new renovations will benefit the health and wellness of the community for years to come.”  

– Chris Herstek, Director, Recreation