In a couple of years the face of the Scott Park-Stadium area will be virtually unrecognizable, as the post Pan-Am stadium precinct developments begin to take shape. The Highlights of the changes include:
• Demolition of Scott Park School to accommodate the Bernie Morelli Community Centre and the existing Jimmy Thompson Pool.
• Demolition of Scott Park Arena (already done) to accommodate a new three-story high school
• Removal of the baseball diamonds at Scott Park with a possible future location on the former Dominion Glass Property.
• Replacement of the Brian Timmis stadium , also on the DomGlass site.
Earlier the former Parkview school was closed and demolished, and the fate of the World War I-era King George school is in doubt as it is closed as well. On the urging of Ward 3 Councillor Matthew Green the historic Jimmy Thompson pool will be retained and refurbished, but the swimming area will undergo “extensive upgrades” according to Paul Johnson who oversees the entire stadium precinct project from the city’s perspective. Once completed the Thompson-Morelli complex will have both a regular pool as well as a leisure pool. Once completed, and with the Pan Am Games past, there will be some open green space in the area. The playing field for the sports team from the new high school will be on the DomGlass site, necessitating new stoplights at Barton and Balsam, the cost of which will be shared between the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and the City. The School Board has expropriated the former Scott Park School, but the price that will be paid to the former owner is still in limbo. While much of the project has involved collaboration and land swaps between the City and the School Board, the city will not be responsible for any financial fallout from the Scott Park expropriation.