Over the past few months, my office has been working with the Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association, Church-Wellesley Village Business Improvement Area, and the 519 Community Center on several beautification and rejuvenation projects for the village. One of which is Barbara Hall Park.
In May, parks staff installed a new curved wooden bench as well as repaired the overhead rainbow lighting.
Over the summer months, parks staff will be removing all of the 12 metal benches and replacing them with new wooden benches. Staff are working with The 519 to try and coordinate the removal of the metal benches prior to the Green Space Festival and installing the wooden benches shortly after so the park is ready for the BIA’s Village Fest.
Other improvements being made to the park include removing the graffiti and power washing the ground near the AIDS Memorial, repairing the lamp posts, repainting the bollards on the east side of the park, replacing the bollards on the south-west side of the park, and replenishing the wood chips as well as the installation of a low garden-type "barrier" around the edges of the wood-chipped areas to ensure wood chips don't spill onto the walkways. This work is expected to be completed prior to the AIDS Vigil scheduled for June 18th.
Finally, levelling the pavers near the AIDS Memorial is also a priority as the current unleveled/uneven state poses a risk to safety and accessibility as well as causes pooling/flooding around the drain when it rains instead of funnelling into the drain.