Construction of the first arboretum on lands owned by the City of Hamilton will soon get underway.
The city hopes to begin construction next year at Johnson Tew Park in Greensville, a 37 acre property that will be home to trails and lookouts, the arboretum and a children’s playground.
Robert Pasuta, the area councillor, notes that the area is home to dozens of species of trees, meadows of wildflowers and a couple of species of endangered birds.
The property was originally meant for ball diamonds and soccer fields —- which Pasuta adds residents of the area didn’t want.
Lafarge is donated 50 thousand dollars worth of stone to the project, about 150 truckloads, to be used to build the trail system.
Company representatives have joined city officials for a ceremonial tree planting.