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At this meeting, residents were shown the proposed Hamilton Stadium Community Master Plan, which included ideas gathered over the past year.
They were each handed colourful sheets when they walked in the auditorium of Prince of Wales School showing:
• The proposed high school-community-seniors centre (the city centre would be like the new one that just opened in Stoney Creek);
• redesigns to Cannon Street, such as converting it into two lanes and adding bike lanes;
• tearing down Parkview high school for a parking lot;
•converting King George school into residential units;
•redeveloping Barton Street;
•enhancing the stadium plaza with an ice rink and spray pad;
•and replacing ball diamonds beside the former Scott Park high school with a soccer pitch.
Residents were also shown plans for gateways, which could include flags, benches and signs welcoming people to Barton Street or King Street East. One proposal was a large metal sign that proclaimed "Stadium Neighbourhood."
About 50 people attended the meeting at the Melrose Avenue North school, which is beside the future stadium.
Consultant Brenda Khes said the $23 million would cover the spray pad, ice rink, redesigning Cannon between Melrose and Balsam Street North, the soccer pitch, the gateway features and the community centre attached to a proposed new high school at Scott Park.
She said it would also cover the creation of a new sports park that is proposed to include two new ball diamonds, a football field, basketball courts, playground and skateboard area. Khes said, however, the land would still have to be secured.