SAVE YOUR PARK!

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A NORTH END COMMUNITY PARK IS FOR SALE!

The City of Hamilton, led by our councillor Jason Farr, is in the process of selling the Simcoe Tot Lot Park, home of the Sunset Cultural Garden, to a developer for a market-rate residential development (townhomes). Although this has been pitched as a way to fund affordable housing nearby at the Jamesville redevelopment, the plan to develop two buildings of affordable housing there is going ahead regardless of the sale of this parcel. While our association is pro-affordable housing, and wants to see everyone in our community cared for, the sale of this park does not provide any additional affordable units/homes and sets a dangerous precedent selling parkland for city profit. At this time there is no commitment to the sale by either the City or the developer but their intention is clear to go through with it in the next few months. Without the intervention of passionate members of our community, a local park and beautiful garden may be permanently lost while a precedent for selling parks for city profit is established. At this time, the developer has not submitted an official proposal for the parcel but has provided a conceptual sketch of what a town house development with a parking lot could look like (seen below) on the park in their submission for the Jamesville development. This page is dedicated to informing the community about the history of the park, the process being undertaken to sell it, and provide some ways for the community to get involved in saving it from development.

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THE PARK IS SOLD

Above is the concept submitted to the city along with the Jamesville development proposal that shows what a townhouse and parking lot will look like on the current park where green space, trees, and the beautiful gardens now sit.

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HISTORY OF THE PARK & THE SUNSET CULTURAL GARDENS

The Sunset Cultural Gardens are a defining feature of the Simcoe Tot Lot Park and valued part of our neighbourhood with a fascinating history of diverse community involvement and wide reaching collaboration. 

 

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

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JOIN THE TEAM

Our Save the Park team is a group of North End neighbourhood volunteers leading the campaign to save the park.

GET A LAWN SIGN

We have purchased lawn signs to raise awareness about the sale of the park. If you would like to have one on your lawn we will provide you one for free so that we can send a collective message to the City that we don't support the sale of community parks.
Please include "I want a sign" along with your address in your email and we will have one delivered to you.

CONTACT OUR COUNCILLOR

Click the button below to email Jason Farr, Councillor for Ward 2, who has been central to the effort to sell the park for development. If you live in another part of Hamilton we encourage you to reach out to your own Councillor to let them know how you feel about parks being sold in our city. 


Click here to Find a List of Hamilton City Councillors and their Contact Information

 
 
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VISIT THE SUNSET CULTURAL GARDENS FACEBOOK PAGE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GARDENS