Hamilton gets $50,000 donation for green space

Johnson Tew Park and Arboretum in Greensville is getting a $50,000 shot in the arm from construction materials supplier Lafarge Canada.

Greensville's Johnson Tew Park and Arboretum getting $50,000 from Lafarge Canada

This rendering shows some of the planned expansion at Johnson Tew Park, including hundreds of trees, a playground and walking trails. (Courtesy City of Hamilton)

Hamilton is about to get a little greener.

Johnson Tew Park and Arboretum in Greensville is getting a $50,000 shot in the arm from construction materials supplier Lafarge Canada.

The 37-acre parkland next to the Lafarge Dundas Quarry is getting a number of upgrades, including 400 native and ornamental trees planted over a four-year span.

“The Lafarge Dundas Quarry has been part of this community for over a hundred years and our participation in the development of this beautiful park is our way to thank everybody for their support,” said Bob Cartmel, president and chief executive officer with Lafarge.

The park will also feature a playground with a play structure, swing set, sun shelter and embankment slide, the city said in a news release. Lafarge is also donating more than 150 truckloads of stone to be used to build a 1.8 km trail system.

“A three-metre-wide accessible asphalt trail system will also be installed throughout the park and arboretum to encourage walking for health and to accommodate seniors, wheelchairs and cycling,” the city said in a news release.

An archaeological assessment is currently underway at the site. Construction is expected to begin sometime next year once this assessment has been completed.

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