Snow Much Fun in #BurlON 2019

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Former Hospital Site Project takes big step forward

Council endorses site master plan as well as base funding and amenities for community centre

The redevelopment project of the former Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital lands took a significant step forward at a Special Meeting last night when Town Council endorsed an overall master plan for the lands as well as the some programming and features for the Southeast Oakville Community Centre that is planned for the site.

“It is important for Council that our plan for the hospital lands reflect the needs and wishes of local residents,” said Mayor Burton. “We appreciate the thoughtful insight provided by community members throughout this consultation process, which has helped staff draft a plan that Council can fully support.”

Recently, residents from across Oakville were invited to share their thoughts on three proposed land use concepts for the overall site at a community workshop and through an online discussion forum. All three land use concepts include a community centre, a park and residential development but the arrangement was slightly different in each option.

While the feedback received was extensive both in person and online, there was no clear consensus on one particular option. However, certain themes and a common concept of establishing distinct districts did emerge with a residential district in the north, a civic district with a community centre and park in the middle, and a seniors-oriented housing district in the south.

With that in mind, the Council-endorsed former Oakville-Trafalgar Hospital Site Master Plan includes:

A residential area that complements the existing neighbourhood and maintains the character of the community as intended in the official plan.
A civic area that consolidates the community centre and parkland along Reynolds Street since it is the busiest street bounding the site, and allows the park space to be open, follow the principles of safe-park design and be highly accessible. The town also wants to explore the creation of a visible civic square in the area around the former high school. With Council’s approval of the master plan, exploration for re-use of the building will be required.
A seniors-oriented housing area that gives options for residents to down-size to smaller, more manageable properties or dwelling units without the need to leave the community. The area could range from independent seniors-living to assisted-care. Further discussions with members of the community and stakeholders will be needed to help define these opportunities.

The final master plan was also fully endorsed at last night’s meeting by the resident associations in Ward 3.

“What residents made clear during the consultation process is that the former hospital and high school played a critical role in anchoring and contributing to the neighbouring community’s identity,” added Mayor Rob Burton. “As such, the final master plan reflects the idea of maintaining that legacy for years to come.”

At last night’s meeting, Council also approved the following enhancements for the new Southeast Community Centre on the site expansion of the single gym to a double gym ($470,000); therapeutic warm-water pool ($2,740,000); fitness centre ($2,550,000) and; an indoor walking track ($1,800,000). These features are in addition to the amenities already planned for the community centre: indoor pool (to replace Centennial Pool), multi-purpose rooms and space for intergenerational programming.

A financial overview on the project was also received by Council which estimates the cost for entire project, including demolition, parking garage enhancements and community centre development, to be approximately $54 million. Town reserves are a primary funding source for this project. The sale of lands not used for a community centre or park is intended to replenish funding used from the reserve. This strategy is one way to ensure sufficient funding for other large, long term projects across the town in the future.

Moving ahead, the demolition contractors will begin site preparation this summer. The overall demolition and site remediation will take approximately 12 months to complete. The architectural/general contractor team responsible for the community centre will be selected in early July. The process of design will begin shortly afterwards. The development of the new community centre will begin in late 2018 with an opening scheduled for fall 2020.

A number of Planning Act approvals will also be necessary in order for the redevelopment of the site to proceed including official plan and zoning amendments, and draft plan of subdivision/site plan approvals. Amendments to the town’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law will be subject to the statutory planning process and a public meeting is expected in the fall with proposed Official Plan updates by the end of 2017.

The town plans on engaging with the public later this fall on the project including progress on the demolition work and next steps regarding the design of the community centre design and potential uses of the park.

Check out the June 27 Special Council Agenda for detail, including staff reports. For more information and to sign up for the town’s newsletter.


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Canada’s Largest Ribfest 2016

Over the past 21 years, Canada’s Largest Ribfest has become a Labour Day weekend tradition here in Burlington.  In 2009, Ribfest broke attendance records with over 175,000 in attendance, over 150,000 lbs of ribs sold and over $3 million dollars has been … Continue reading →

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Pokémon GO while visiting Burlington

Have you heard about Pokémon GO?  We kid, even if you would never play Pokémon GO, chances are you’ve heard of it.  I have to admit that while I wasn’t an early adapter who managed to download it before it was available in … Continue reading →

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Lisa Loeb to headline 2016 Oakville Children’s Festival

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – for immediate release

Lisa Loeb to headline 2016 Oakville Children’s Festival

Arts and culture celebration returns to Coronation Park on July 10, 2016

“Turn the radio on, turn the radio up” because Lisa Loeb will be “singing her songs” at the Oakville Children’s Festival on Sunday, July 10, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Coronation Park. Festival guests can expect fun and catchy kids’ tunes, as well as a few classics from the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter turned children’s performer.

In addition to Lisa Loeb, the third annual Children’s Festival will also feature performances by the Big Nazo, FiddleFire, CORPUS’ Camping Royale, Gadfly Urban Street Dance Battle, Sing Along Tim and the Pacifiers, and magicians Ray Chance and Mike D’Urzo.

“It is such a pleasure to see this tremendous event offered to all Oakville families free of charge,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “I look forward to seeing you in July, as Coronation Park transforms into an arts and culture playground for kids of all ages.”

Exciting opportunities for inspiration and learning will continue throughout the park with hands-on building and art activities, interactive shows, archery, beach volleyball, martial arts, YMCA of Oakville skateboard ramp, face painting, vintage fire truck, Safari Science, Monkeynastix, City Parent Fun Zone and Scavenger Hunt, and more!

This year’s food features will include the Kinsmen Club of Oakville BBQ lunch, plus 10 of the GTA’s most popular food trucks. Residents and out-of-town guests are encouraged to take the free Oakville Transit shuttle service from the Bronte GO Station. Free bike parking will also be available onsite.

Looking to volunteer? The 2016 Oakville Children’s Festival committee is currently recruiting enthusiastic volunteers to help with this year’s festival. Apply online or email ocfvolunteers@oakville.ca for details.

Festival admission is free and the event will take place rain or shine. Additional acts and activities will be announced as they are confirmed. Visit the Oakville Children’s Festival page for regular updates.


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45th annual Novice Swim Meet makes a splash on September 1, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – for immediate release

45th annual Novice Swim Meet makes a splash on September 1, 2015

The Town of Oakville will host the 45th annual Novice Swim Meet on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, from 8 a.m. to noon at Brookdale Pool.

With a Welcome to the Jungle theme, over 200 participants aged five to 14 representing seven different town pools will compete in a friendly “pool versus pool” competition for the championship.

“This event has become a popular community tradition that has been entertaining Oakville families for over four decades,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture for the Town of Oakville. “We invite everyone to join the festivities and cheer or their favourite team.”

Oakville residents are invited to take advantage of family-friendly games and activities in the park. BBQ and refreshments provided by M&M Meats will be available for purchase.

For more information on Town of Oakville pools visit the pools page.

Brookdale Pool is located at 1215 Bridge Road.


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The Countdown to OREA’s Annual Political Affairs Conference

It’s that time of year again, when REALTORS® from across Ontario gather in Toronto for OREA’s annual Political Affairs Conference (PAC). We’re pleased to be hosting the event at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood, November 23rd-25th. The conference is a great opportunity for REALTORS® to network with other real estate professionals from across the province, and more importantly, a great opportunity to meet with their local MPP to discuss real estate issues that matter to their communities.

We’re excited to welcome back some popular guests, including: John Wright, Ipsos Reid’s Senior Vice President; senior representatives from all Ontario political parties; and our Queen’s Park media panelists, featuring Robert Fisher (Moderator), Robert Benzie, Christina Blizzard, and Paul Bliss.

OREA has also added a mayoral media panel to dissect the results of the fall elections and what the outcomes mean for some of our key REALTOR® issues (such as the MLTT).

We look forward to welcoming all our delegates to Toronto and we hope you will enjoy everything the conference has to offer!

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Halton Harvest

Last fall on a misty, and cool Sunday afternoon I decided to brave the damp weather to take in the first Harvest Halton.  This event married three of my favorite things, local foods, music and area wines (and beer) all … Continue reading →

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Canada’s Largest Ribfest

I must say that this is one summer that I hate to see winding down, whether it is because we have had so few sunny days and hot summer nights or that our longest ever winter is still fresh in … Continue reading →

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Oakville Children’s Festival makes thousands smile at Coronation Park!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – for immediate release

Oakville Children’s Festival makes thousands smile at Coronation Park!

It was blue skies and sunshine at the first-ever Oakville Children’s Festival held on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Coronation Park. More than 15,000 visitors enjoyed free live performances and events brought to Oakville to capture the curiosity of young minds and encourage participation and discovery.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better day for the Oakville Children’s Festival,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “The Oakville Transit shuttles were full, the bike corral was overflowing, and most importantly the little ones were having a blast. A special thanks to our presenting sponsor Tim Hortons, town staff for organizing such a quality event, and families who chose to spend a great day with us.”

Festival-goers enjoyed performances by multi-award-winning Sharon, Bram & Friends, Sheesham & Lotus, Jack Grunsky, IncrediBrent, and Safari Science. Corpus’ Les moutons (actors dressed as sheep) caused some curious stares and infectious giggles as they were guided across the park. The Fantasy Fables Snow Queen and Ice Princess made dreams come true as they posed for photos with their little royal subjects to ensure lasting memories.

Exciting opportunities for fun and learning continued throughout the park with interactive building and art activities, story times, reptile and science shows, kids’ play zone and obstacle course, face painting, balloon artists, and more.

The Kinsmen Club of Oakville kept families energized with a pancake breakfast, followed by a barbecue lunch. And even with long waits, the food trucks proved to be popular attractions, serving up great gourmet eats for both adults and kids.

“We’re overwhelmed by the success of the Oakville Children’s Festival,” said Robin Howarth, Oakville Children’s Festival Chair. “We tripled our estimated number of visitors and have good insight on how we can enhance the event in the future. It was definitely a pleasure to introduce a children’s festival to Oakville.”


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