Work revitalizing Centennial Gardens continues

The revitalization of Centennial Gardens continues with the construction of a new staircase, trail improvements and a new sun shelter beginning this week.

The park improvements are part of a $920,000 project to revitalize Centennial Gardens in commemoration of Canada’s 150th anniversary and the park’s 50th year since opening. The Government of Canada contributed up to $385,000 through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

“Centennial Gardens was established 50 years ago as we celebrated Canada’s 100th anniversary,” said Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines. “I am proud that the Government of Canada can assist with this project by contributing up to $385,000 towards revitalization of the park.”

The City has also invested $385,000 for the Centennial Gardens enhancements.

“City Council has made a commitment to invest in community parks and Centennial Gardens is a special place, in the heart of the city. These improvements, made in Canada’s 150th year, will build on the progress made in the park by volunteers, gardeners and disc golfers and help create more vibrant, accessible gathering spaces for everyone to enjoy,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik.

The Niagara Region contributed up to $150,000 through its Waterfront Investment Program.

“Our Regional Council is pleased to work together with our local partners to improve access to, and sustainable investment in, Niagara’s waterfront spaces,” said Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin. “Staircase reconstruction, trail improvements, and the creation of a community gathering space at Centennial Gardens, will make this park a more inviting space for all residents.”

The park, community gardens and parking lot will remain open while construction is underway. However, the Gale Crescent staircase will be temporarily closed while its being replaced and access to portions of the disc golf course will be limited. Park users can still access Centennial Gardens from Beard Place, Riordon Street and the parking lot on Oakdale Avenue.

The section of the Merritt Trail that runs through Centennial Gardens will also remain open during construction. However, parts of the accessible trail will be temporarily closed from time-to-time to permit the improvements.

The work is expected to be completed in November.

Located at 321 Oakdale Ave., Centennial Gardens was unveiled in 1967 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Canada and features stone remnants from the Second Welland Canal. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/CentennialGardens for more information about Centennial Gardens and the park improvements.

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