Monthly Archives: August 2013

PHOTO OF THE DAY – August 30th

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Gore Park Fountain – Gore Park, Hamilton

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August 30, 2013 · 11:42 am

Blast from the Past: January

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Great Falls (also known as Grindstone Falls) is located on the Grindstone Creek just off Mill Street, in Waterdown.

Until 1912, Grindstone Creek was used as a source of power for a sawmill at the base of Great Falls. The waterfall flows year round and a viewing platform has since been built, as well as a parking lot for visitors.

According to the City of Waterfalls website, Great Falls is one of the several Hamilton area waterfalls to be featured regularly in postcards.

Great Falls is also accessible via the Bruce Trail.

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Blast from the Past: a history of Hamilton through vintage post cards

You never know what you’ll find at the Freelton Antique Mall. For example, this unique 1975 Hamilton Spectator post card calendar.

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Throughout the following weeks, Rebuild Hamilton will post a different month (in succession) of this vintage calendar. Each post will contain some information about the post card picture for that month.

Enjoy!

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PHOTO OF THE DAY – August 13th

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Workers Arts & Heritage Centre – 51 Stuart St, Hamilton

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August 13, 2013 · 7:08 pm

PHOTO OF THE DAY – August 12th

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Hamilton GO Centre (TH&B) – 36 Hunter St E, Hamilton

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August 12, 2013 · 3:00 pm

The Brant Street Pier finally opens

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After a long wait, The Brant Street Pier finally opened in June during this year’s Sound of Music Festival on Fathers Day Weekend.

The Pier is the final phase of the Waterfront at Downtown Burlington project. Other phases of the project include the parking garage at 414 Locust Street, Discovery Landing, the Rotary Centennial Pond, and The Dofasco Waterjet Plaza.

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Located at the Eastern End of Spencer Smith Park, the Brant Street Pier extends 137 metres over Lake Ontario. The S-shaped pier is connected to the park’s existing promenade by a coloured concrete walkway.

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Five metres above the water, the pier’s platform is built on 14 caissons drilled into a bedrock foundation.

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Located along the sides of the deck are LED lamps extending over the walkway and benches without backs, offering different views of the lake.

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Further out (85 meters), the deck widens for a circular node. In the centre of the node is a raised platform that is nine metres in diameter and can be accessed via circular staircase.

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Atop the platform is a 12-metre beacon with an oblong nautical-style structure complemented by rings clad with a perforated metal sheet.

The beacon is made of a tubular structural steel framing. The stiffness of structural steel framing will ensure the structure can withstand the high winds of Lake Ontario.

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The platform not only supports the beacon, but also offers a different vantage point from the pier.

According to the City of Burlington, the construction of the pier was also attentive to the environment. The height of the pier allows the free flow of the water under the platform. Along the eastern edge of the promenade, the beach has been preserved and the project includes providing fish habitat compensation and enhancements for Sheldon Creek.

The total cost of the pier construction is an estimated $14.4 million.

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PHOTO OF THE DAY – August 2nd

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A different side of City Hall – Jackson St W, Hamilton

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August 2, 2013 · 1:39 pm