A new beginning


Hemlock Group breaks ground on phase one of Trenton Park project

Monday morning marked the beginning of something big in Trenton as the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Trenton Park restoration project with the Hemlock Group took place

A group of people came together to commemorate the beginning of the first portion of the project to revamp the park.

The plan is spreading the local love after a tender for the $1,699,700 project was awarded to Higgins Construction to take on the first phase of the project, which involves the front entrance, parking lot, the pool area, as well as a gazebo and splash pad.

“This project has been a long time coming and we are thrilled at every stage we move forward,” said Shannon MacInnis, Mayor of Trenton. As well as a thank you to all the funders on the federal, municipal and provincial government side, MacInnis also added, “We would like to thank the public for their continued patience and understanding during the construction phase, awarded to local company Higgins Construction. Just know that once this project is complete it will be well worth the wait. Not only will this redevelopment be an asset to the town of Trenton but to the greater community.”

During this phase of construction, a portion of the park will be closed down to the public, however other parts such as the trails will remain open for all.

“I think this is really exciting for the community,” said Jen Bethell, one of the Hemlock Group founders. “The fact that there was a tender awarded to a local company…it’s like two gifts.”

Bethell and others have been working on the project since 2013 and collected a large amount of data and information about what they would like to see in the park, as well as public consultation input to get a community view of what should be in the space. The project was mapped out how it could be done before approaching different levels of government and the community for funding to help make the project a reality. The renovations are expected to finish in 2021.

The three phases of the project will progress according to the plan listed below:

Phase 1 work will include completing improvements to the front entrance, parking lot, and the civil upgrades required for future improvements inside the park. The pool area will be upgraded as will the central entrance area with a gazebo; a new splash pad will be installed.

Phase 2, which is expected to begin later this year, will include completing building construction services throughout the winter, including new washrooms to the pool and splash pad area.

Phase 3, planned for next year, will focus on installing new playground equipment, a dog park, trail upgrades, shade shelters, and seating areas, as well as additional service upgrades. This work is expected to wrap up in the fall of 2021.