Dundas Fire Fighters Association memorial fountain fix reviewed
Dundas Star News

City of Hamilton parks staff are investigating the possibility of getting the Dundas Fire Fighters Association memorial fountain in Centennial Park permanently operational for the first time in 45 years — when they have the more than $40,000 needed.

Meanwhile, staff will clean out debris and standing water collecting in the unused fountain. The Cootes Drive at East Street North park is not on the city’s list of sites targeted for application of larvicide, to control mosquito breeding, in its West Nile virus prevention plan. Urquhart Butterfly Garden, which attracts a variety of butterflies, birds, bees, insects and other wildlife, is in the park’s east end.

Parks and cemeteries manager Kara Bunn said Centennial is a “no chemical” park.

Bunn said staff tried to get the fountain running a few years ago, by putting in an inexpensive fountain head.

“However, it was not a true fix and with no water line here the fountain would quickly lose water to evaporation. Bringing in buckets of water to refill it was labour intensive,” Bunn said.

She said full rehabilitation — including a water line, replacement of fountain mechanisms and replacing concrete around the base, could cost between $40,000 and $80,000.

“We do not have the capital funding currently,” Bunn said.

Bunn said staff would be sent to clean out debris and standing water in the fountain, and will continue monitoring it.

The fountain was dedicated July 1, 1967 by Dundas Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Hill.

A plaque at the fountain’s base states: “Memorial to those who have served the Dundas Fire Fighting Service. Erected by the Dundas Fire Fighters Association.”

City staff had the fountain running temporarily in May 2014, apparently for the first time since 1976, for the ceremonial planting of 37 cherry trees donated by Toyo Elwa Jogakuin high school in Japan.

Other upgrades to Centennial Park at that time included new walkways, a concrete pad at the East Street North end with a flagpole — where three heritage site plaques were relocated, and a new entrance gate.

The heritage plaques include information on Centennial Park, Desjardins Canal and the founding of Dundas. The park was built on the filled-in canal turning basin.

It’s part of a gateway park area that includes the butterfly garden and Hamilton Conservation Authority’s Canal Park.

City spokesperson James Berry distributed a media release on May 26, giving notice of larvicide application to standing surface water on City of Hamilton property for mosquito control.

Larvicide application could start as soon as June 1, where monitoring of mosquito larvae indicates there is a need, and could continue as late as Oct. 31.

The release states the city will apply six different types of larvicides to surface water on public property and in catch basins on city streets.

Berry said the city maintains a list of locations with notable past volumes of standing water.

“Given standing water issues vary year to year, all City of Hamilton catch basins are treated to reduce mosquito breeding as they are common areas for standing water,” Berry said. “The City of Hamilton investigates mosquito larvae at several hundred surface water sites from June to the fall each year.”

Four Dundas locations are on the city’s list of areas targeted for possible larvicide application — Bumble Bee Park behind Broad Oak Court, a ditch at Delsey Pond, and ditches near Tally Ho Drive and Gillespy Crescent.



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