I was fortunate enough to be a guest of the City of Hamilton in their box at Tim Horton’s Field for the last Ticat last game of the season.
They use this to sell business on the opportunities here.
It was fascinating to be fly on the wall and hear what the outside had to say about our city and their interest in it.
What a great way to showcase Hamilton.
You know my feeling on stadium fiasco but after 2 years, it is what it is, and we have to look to the future.
Wouldn’t it be cool to see the streets that surround the stadium (Melrose, Beechwood, and Balsam) closed off to traffic an opened for a pedestrian café, local beer & wine garden?
Let the streets behind them absorb the ‘on lawn’ parking.
Let those around the stadium rent their front lawns to artisans, restaurants or even an entrepreneurial resident who wants to make a couple of bucks selling BBQ and beer in their garden.
A grant from business could provide the paint for everyone’s front porch and neighbourhood volunteers could provide labour.
I remember living through a similar project to spruce up the area around Stampede Park in Calgary ahead of the 1988 Winter Olympics.
It wouldn’t take long to make the stadium precinct look like a better version of one of those Newfoundland and Labrador commercials!
Complete with a promenade beyond Canon up to a future LRT station.
We have an opportunity to grow the experience in this area, if we build on and create a vision beyond the norm.
I’m Scott Thompson.
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