Town shares proposed design for Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park

Oakville residents are invited to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 to provide feedback on the proposed design for the redevelopment of Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park.

“During previous consultations, the community made it very clear that Oakville Arena should be revitalized in a way that maintains its historical features and we’re very excited to share a design proposal that respects the site’s rich heritage while addressing the future needs of the community it serves,” said Nina de Vaal, director of the town’s Recreation and Culture department.

The Oakville Arena located at 133 Rebecca Street was originally built in 1950 and has served as a community hub for more than six decades. It’s also one of only four remaining arenas in Ontario with a distinctive wooden truss roof system designed by Norman Otto Hipel, an Ontario politician and builder who patented the roof system in 1928.

Along with an expanded arena facility with an NHL-size ice surface, the proposed design includes a running track, a new seniors’ centre, administrative offices, a gymnasium and a new Kinsmen Pine Room for public meetings and events. The redevelopment project also includes relocating the fire hall and all associated parking and outdoor amenities.

Residents are encouraged to attend one of two public information sessions on Wednesday, April 13, 2016:

3 to 5 p.m. or 7 to 9 p.m.
Oakville Arena (Kinsmen Pine Room)
133 Rebecca Street, Oakville
Note: Presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Presentation materials will be available on the Oakville Arena redevelopment page from April 14 to 24, 2016. Residents who cannot attend a meeting in person are invited to share their comments by emailing oakvillearena@oakville.ca.

Oakville Chamber Orchestra Concerto Concerts

On April 30th and May 1st, 2016 come listen to the bright virtuosi of tomorrow right here in Oakville performed by our Concerto Competition Grand Prize Winners!
Featuring: Soloist Catherine Ma
Soloist Tiffany Yeung
Enjoy the music of Beethoven (Piano Concerto No. 4), Mendelssohn (Violin Concerto) & Mozart (Marriage of Figaro Overture)
Ticket prices:   Adult $30
Senior $25
Student $20
Children FREE
  • Saturday, April 30th evening concert is at 7:30 pm at St. John’s Church at 262 Randall St, Oakville.
  • Sunday, May 1st afternoon concert is at 3:00 pm at St. Simon’s Anglican Church1450 Litchfield Rd, Oakville.
Tickets can be purchased at www.oakvillechamber.org or by calling (905) 483-OPUS (6787). For further details please visit our website at www.oakvillechamber.org.
Manulife Securities is the Platinum Season Sponsor.  Charles Havill Chartered Accountant is the Concert Sponsor.
We would also like to recognize the Town of Oakville Cultural Grants and the Larry & Gerry Wilson Foundation.

Centennial Square lands not for sale

Council provides clear direction to staff on options for the Downtown Cultural facilities

Planning and Development Council members provided clear direction to staff on Monday night when they unanimously approved a motion brought forth by Mayor Rob Burton that recognized that the Centennial Square lands are an important public asset that should remain under public ownership and not be considered for sale under any option for the Downtown Cultural Hub.

“Centennial Square has a special place in the hearts of residents and should remain protected for public use,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “While it will be necessary to monetize some of the property the town owns in the downtown to make new cultural facilities more affordable to taxpayers, we can do this without selling the historic Centennial Square.”

Council is expected to consider the Downtown Cultural Hub later in the spring with information they requested in the fall.

As requested by Council, over the next six to eight weeks, the town will be undertaking a telephone and online public opinion survey to gather input on the Downtown Cultural hub from residents across the town. Staff will also be providing Council with the public input received on the Downtown Oakville Growth Area Review which is looking at how you can grow the downtown in a manner which preserves its historic character while bringing in enough new growth to ensure the long-term vitality of the downtown. In addition staff will be providing further information on how to move forward with the cultural facilities in partnership with public and private groups.

According to Jane Clohecy, commissioner, Community Development for the town, “The Downtown Cultural Hub project will likely be the most significant investment in public infrastructure in our community. We need to provide the public and Council with as much information as possible to assist them in making their decision.”

For more information visit the Downtown Cultural Hub project page.

Borehole drilling at former hospital site starts March 14, 2016

Starting today (March 14, 2016), a drilling contractor for the town will be on the former hospital site to study the soil for any potential contamination.

Boreholes will be drilled at various locations on the site and soil samples will be taken and analyzed. The results will help us identify any concerns and develop plans to address them.

Drilling operations will be done during the day, Monday to Friday only. While there will be some noise on and off during the day for limited periods of time, the town will ensure the contractor complies with town by-laws.

For more information about the borehole drilling

Nicole Wolfe
Manager, Capital Projects
905-845-6601, ext 3339
Nicole.wolfe@oakville.ca

The town will take vacant possession of the property on March 31, 2016.  For details about the five-year Former Hospital Site Project and to sign up for email updates from the town, please visit the former hospital site project page, or email your questions to formerhospitalsite@oakville.ca

Public drop-in on March 23, 2016, for design and construction of a multi-use trail along south side of Lakeshore Road (Allan Street to Morrison Road)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Town Hall — South Atrium
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, Ontario

The town has undertaken a detailed design study to implement a multi-use trail along the south side of Lakeshore Road between Allan Street and Morrison Road as recommended by the Active Transportation Master Plan.

Residents are invited to drop-in to view the detailed design drawings. Town staff will be available to answer your questions. Please be advised this opportunity is a drop-in format; residents are encouraged to drop by any time between 6:30 and 8 p.m. to review the concept drawings and provide comments. There will be no presentation.

If you can’t make it, but wish to provide comments, or if you want more information contact Chris Clapham at chris.clapham@oakville.ca or by phone at 905-845-6601, ext. 3306.

If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know by March 18, 2016 by contacting Chris Clapham at 905-845-6601, ext. 3306 (TTY: 905-338-4200), chris.clapham@oakville.ca or by filling out the accessible online feedback form.