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Saturday, July 15, 2017

City of Hamilton’s first Pop-Up Park takes over City parking lot in Beasley Neighbourhood

City of Hamilton’s first Pop-Up Park takes over City parking lot in Beasley Neighbourhood

HAMILTON, ON - July 14, 2017 - Highlighting the importance of animating spaces for public use and offering a preview of what future spaces could look like, please join the City of Hamilton and the community in opening Hamilton’s first pop-up park at the corner of John and Rebecca streets.

Event details

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Time: 10:45 to 11:15 am
Location: 76 John Street North (corner of John & Rebecca)

A photo opportunity and ribbon cutting will be followed by a family picnic organized by the community.

Who will be attending?

  • Councillor Jason Farr
  • Jason Thorne, General Manager of Planning & Economic Development Department
  • Graham McNally, McNally Foundation
  • Beasley Neighbourhood Association
  • Wesley Urban Ministries
  • Downtown BIA

About the Pop-Up Park

The Pop-Up Park at John and Rebecca Streets is the City of Hamilton’s first pop-up park and motivated by a number of factors including:

  • Increasing opportunities for community gathering spaces that are vibrant and can be used and accessed by the public;
  • Providing an opportunity to innovate and test different ideas – in this case, park elements and collect feedback from users;
  • Showing the future potential of the future park, which will completely take over the parking lot in the future; and
  • Supporting and connecting with the City’s Corporate Strategic Plan, specifically around designing and planning public spaces that enhance the quality of life, well-being and enjoyment of residents 

Additional information

  • Elements of the park include a bike track, seating, shade, free Wi-Fi, accessible ramp and fencing
  • Funding for this park came from the McNally Foundation and Councillor Jason Farr’s office
  • The idea for a pop-up park came from various sources: it was inspired by the ‘pop-up movement’ taking place in cities around the world; and evolved out of a special Planning and Economic Development program that challenged employees to design and pitch an “outside the box” idea that was innovative, collaborative, realistic and supported the Strategic Plan 
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