City staff are continuing to put finishing touches on the major work that was completed last year with the restoration of the iconic fountain and the re-planting of the King Street flowerbeds.The restoration of the flowerbeds followed the original designs of Howard Dunnington Grubb almost a century ago. Grubb’s contribution to the park was also marked by The Friends of Gage Park who installed a Dunington-Grubb Monument in front of the Pergola feature at the north-west section of the park. In addition the Fred Marshall plaque, honoring one of Hamilton’s most accomplished superintendent of parks, has been reinstated at the pergola. Other developments include:
- The Robert Burns Cairn has been repaired by Tourism and Culture Division
- New concrete curbs have been installed around the gardens along the frontage of Main Street and to the west of the Children’s Museum by Parks Operations of Public Works
- Five new entrance features have been installed as per the master plan, in locations off Maplewood Avenue, at mid-block along Gage Ave., Cumberland Ave., Lawrence Road entrance to the park, and Sherbrooke entrance from Rothsay.
- A new municipal sidewalk was installed along Gage Ave. S., park side, between Cumberland Ave. and Maplewood Ave.
- SOBI bikes are now available along Gage Avenue, just outside the park
- New construction works are in progress to replace park walkway lights to LED fixtures – for approximately 50% of the park – along the west and south walkways. The new lights are scheduled to arrive on site in July.
- The tender for the design-build Pump Track has been issued for bidders – this will be located in the south-west corner of the park
Plans to pave the park paths have been deferred to next year because of financial considerations. Paving the paths will make the park more accessible to persons with scooters and other walk-assist devices.