Sport Field Status - closed for a second day

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

May 2, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON
On Monday the city advised the public that All natural grass sport fields (diamonds and rectangular fields were closed.

A second advisory went out earlier today saying all the fields were to be closed for a second day.

The pavement didn't seem to be a problem. Get a dozen kids and a soccer ball plus two nets and you've got a game. It was pleasant to watch - some benches would have kept people around longer.

If the playing fields are closed due to all the rain – perhaps the city will open up some streets for the kids to play on. This on Brant Street opposite city hall during one of the street festivals.

 

 

 

 

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It’s official: the new outdoor pool at Nelson Park will open this summer

News 100 yellowBy Staff

May 2, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The new outdoor pool currently under construction at Nelson Park will open this summer.
Work to replace Nelson pool began in fall 2016 after the city found that the steel bottom of the pool had rotted away.

The new pool at Nelson Park is 50-metres long with eight lanes. It will include a beach-entry leisure pool and a new splash pad located beside the pool.

Nelson pool rendering

Artists rendering of the Nelson pool now under construction. Scheduled to open this summer.

Construction of this new pool is being done by Schilthuis Construction – the people who were hired to build The Pier and had to walk away from the job when they found the design was such that they believed The Pier could not be constructed from the plans the contractor was give,

There were also issues with the specifications for the steel that was used. The problems with the steel came to light when a crane on the site toppled over. An inspection of the badly bent steel revealed that it did not meet the specifications.

Nelson pool - concrete pour

Concrete pour at the splash pad part of the new Nelson pool

That’s when everyone involved in the project sued everyone else. In the long run it all got worked out and after a settlement worked out by a Judge who did not want this matter going to trial. Then everyone claimed they had won.

Schilthuis was not to blame for that mess – but his reputation took a serious hit and he had to struggle for some time to get his business back to where it should have been.

Henry Schilthuis will give the city great value for the money they are going to spend.

An opening date for the new outdoor pool will be announced later this spring.

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All natural grass sport fields are closed on May 1st

notices100x100By Staff

May 1st, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

All natural grass sport fields (diamonds and rectangular fields) are closed May 1.

The report from city hall does not say why (rain most probably) nor do they say when the fields will re-open (when the rain stops probably.

Baseball glove and ball

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Central arena upgrades to begin in May - some program disruption is expected.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

April 26, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Improvements to the Central Recreation Centre arena and auditorium, will begin at the end of May.

Over the next year, the following enhancements will be made:

• A new passenger elevator (funded by Canada 150 Infrastructure Grant Program)
Central Auditorium and Accessibility Upgrades
• Installation of new windows to improve natural lighting
• New sports flooring
• New kitchenette
• New lining for pickle ball court
• A new universal washroom
• A new accessible ramp providing access from the lobby to the rink.

The recreation centre will remain open throughout the construction although users may experience some disruptions during construction:

• The front doors of Central arena will remain open. Visitors wishing to access the auditorium will be required to use the auditorium entrance located on the east side of the building.

• During the construction of the accessible ramp, ice users will be required to use the east and west arena pad doors to gain access to the ice.

• During the renovations of the auditorium the space will be closed for use.
Signage will be installed to help direct users.

As a result of the construction, some youth and senior programming as well as rentals will be experience service interruptions. Plans are being made to accommodate these users and renters at other city facilities where possible.

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Herd is looking for two bat boys.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

April 17th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Burlington Herd (you may have known of them as the Burlington Bandits) are looking for two Bat Boys for the 2017 season at Nelson Park.

Eligible candidates must be at least 12 years old, be able to attend 10-18 games and have transportation to and from each game.

Bat Boys will be asked to work the following game times:

1. Thursdays: 6:15 pm – until end of game.

2. Saturdays: 12 pm – until end of game.

Bandits - rounding the bases after the 4th

These lads are just rounding the bases – but they could become bat boys if they applied.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, setting up both dugouts and bullpens, filling coolers, mudding baseballs for game play and cleaning up after the game. Bat Boys will receive a Burlington Herd hat, sweatshirt, full uniform, food and drink at each game.

If this interests you – get in touch with Ryan Harrison at (905) 630-9036

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Get to see the Herd in the Barn on May 4th - translation - Burlington's InterCounty baseball team will play an exhibition game on May 4th at Nelson Park. Team signs Greg Marco.

sportsred 100x100By Staff

April 17th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Herd will play a home exhibition  game, beginning on at 7:15 p.m. on May th. They will be up against the Brantford Red Sox at Nelson Park, home of the Burlington Herd on May 4th.

Tickets for the Herd exhibition game will be on sale at the door for only $2.

The team takes to  the field for their home town season opener on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Barn (Nelson Park).

Season tickets and group packages are now on sale by calling (905) 630-9036 or by visiting the team’s new website, burlingtonherd.com.

The Herd can be followed on social media platforms (“iblherd”), including Facebook.com/iblherd.

The Herd has announced the signing of Greg Marco, a Waterdown native.

Marco rejoins the Herd after his rookie season in the IBL hitting .096 with two RBI and two stolen bases. The Waterdown, Ontario native recently completed his college playing career at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and has assumed a student coach position with the team for the 2017 season.

A former Burlington Bulls junior team member, Marco was a leader behind the plate, helping the junior team to many successful seasons.

Greg Marco Herd catcher

Greg Marco – Herd catcher.

“Greg had a tough season at the plate last year but, but was very strong for us at multiple positions defensively. He provides speed off the bench, good defense behind the plate and can play infield, outfield and also pitch if required” stated Herd Field Manager Jeff Lounsbury.

Marco is the Herd’s fourteenth signing of the off season.

 

 

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Tyandaga Golf Course opening postponed to April 14 due to weather

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

April 7th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

golfers in the rain

It wouldn’t have been quite this bad. Just not all that nice.

The opening of Tyandaga Golf Course for the 2017 season has been postponed until Friday, April 14 due to this week’s wet weather.

With climate change we may well have to get used to a much different kind of seasonal weather.

For more information, please call 905-336-0005 or visit www.tyandagagolf.com.

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New season at Tyandaga Golf Course gets underway April 8. Still a little wet out there - maybe sunshine on the weekend?

sportsgreen 100x100By Staff

April 4, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

The weather doesn’t look all that promising but the Tyandaga Golf Course will officially open for the 2017 golf season on Saturday, April 8.

The course is located 1265 Tyandaga Park Dr. Players wishing to book a tee time can do so online at www.tyandagagolf.com.

Tyandaga golf club

An 18-hole course with 4,852 meters of scenic terrain.

Tyandaga, a city owned and operated golf course, offers memberships, tournaments, clinics, private lessons, men’s and women’s league play, and in-season and off-season rentals.

Tyandaga Golf Course is an 18-hole course with 4,852 meters of scenic terrain characterized by its natural waterways and broadleaf woods.

Spring specials on green fees include $45 to ride in a golf cart and $30 for golfers that are walking.

For more information about golfing at Tyandaga, call 905-336-0005 or visit www.tyandagagolf.com.

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One weekend left to enjoy skiing at Glen Eden

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

March 21st, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Spring skiing can be really nice. It’s a chance to get an early start on your tan.

Not much left to the season though and for those in Halton, know that – Glen Eden will reopen for one last weekend of skiing and snowboarding for the 2016/17 season from Friday, March 24 until Sunday, March 26.

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One weekend left in the season.

A combination of some recent natural snow, the remaining man made snow and some cooler seasonal temperatures mean the skiing and snowboarding season will continue for a few more days.

Glen Eden is closed this week Monday through Thursday, and is reopening Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Lifts will be running from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lift tickets will be $22 this weekend (rather than $38 for adults and $33 for teens), and all season passes are valid (Super Value, 5×7 and All Access). Glen Eden opened for the 2016-17 season on December 17, 2016.

“We would like to thank all the skiers, snowboarders and lesson participants who visited Glen Eden during the 2016/17 season,” said Gene Matthews, Director, Operations, Conservation Halton. “Glen Eden enjoyed a successful season this past year with visitation returning to typical levels. Our grooming and snowmaking team did a fantastic job with temperatures which were above seasonal, particularly in February.”

The Glen Eden season typically starts before Christmas and Boxing Day and is usually concluded by the end of March Break. Last season, Glen Eden didn’t open until January 8, 2016, the latest start to a season in ten years, and closed on March 12, 2016, the earliest closing in the same time frame. Recognizing the varying winter conditions Southern Ontario receives each year, Glen Eden depends on making its own snow and continuous investments in snowmaking infrastructure

If you want to hit the hills next season there is an Early Bird special for the 2017/18 season on Season Passes and for the first time ever all the Snow School programs. You can register now for the Snow School programs now for next season.

The Early Bird features the best available pricing of the year on all Season Pass and Snow School programs. It closes on April 12, 2017.

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Herd looking for a name for their mascot - tickets to the Jays home opener for the person who comes up with the right name.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

March 1, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The new Herd mascot needs a name and the ball club wants the public to help out in deciding what that name should be.

So they are holding a contest to find the best name

Herd mascot name contestClick on the link to get to the on-line contest entry form.

Contest winners will receive a 5 game Herd flex pack, 2 Burlington Herd T-Shirts and 2 Toronto Blue Jays April home game tickets!

The ball club, now under new ownership, has mounted an aggressive public relations campaign to attract a larger audience. There is a recently announced Home Plate Club and Nickel Brook has been named the Official Beer Partner.

The team has been announcing new signing and renewal signings to the roster for a team that will play their season opener at Nelson Park where the Herd will face the Kitchener Panthers at 1:05 pm.

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Intercounty baseball league puts new rules in place to cut down on brawling

sportsred 100x100By Staff

February 24, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

After a couple of bench clearing events during the 2016 season the Intercounty Baseball League decided to clean things up a little and put three new rules in place.

The IBL is helping the clubs appeal to the family crowd and a bunch of emotionally charged baseball ball players roaring out onto the ball field doesn’t fit with the family sports event.

Kitchener - Brantford bench clearing brawl

Kitchener and Brantford teams clear their benches for one of he few brawls in the league last year.

The new rules Rules of Operation, passed in January 2017set out suspensions for three classes of players.

a) The player identified as first to leave the dugout or bullpen to engage in or start an altercation is automatically suspended five games.

b) The manager of the team identified as first to leave the dugout or the bullpen is automatically suspended three games.

c) A position player, who leaves his position, to engage in an altercation, is automatically suspended one game. This also applies to batters and or players in the batter’s box.

IBL Commissioner John Kastner said “It is the job of the umpiring crew to determine who is first to leave the bench.
As is the case with all brawls, the crew will meet and determine what transpired.

The IBL does not have a provision to challenge umpiring decisions over this or any other decision.

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The Herd is in the Barn at the Farm - translation: The baseball team will be playing on the field at the Nelson Stadium.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

February 22, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Get used to the name The Herd – Burlington’s Inter-County Baseball League entrant. They were the Twins when they first came to town; were re-named the Bandits and are now The Herd.

The name has something to do with our agricultural roots. .

They will be playing in the Barn – what most of us know as the Nelson Stadium.

It’s all about creating a brand.

The new owners are setting out to make attending a baseball game a little more upscale than sitting on am aluminum bench.

herd-logoOver the course of the next four months, the Herd will unveil each part of their scheduled improvements and showcase the new experiences available to fans next season at the Farm (Nelson Park).

They’re going to roll out a series of enhancements and improvements to going to a ball game.

They have created a Home Plate Club, the first part of a plan to enhance various areas within the ballpark. The Home Plate Club will see the addition of five premium tables behind the backstop. Each table will include three patio chairs, an all-inclusive food and beverage package throughout the game with wait staff and a reserved parking spot.

Herd T-shirtProfessional baseball teams across the country are creating areas inside their stadiums that bring not only a unique viewing area, but increase the overall fan experience. The Herd are joining this growing trend with the addition of the Home Plate Club.

The Home Plate Club will provide THE best viewing and fan experience in the entire ballpark and will become the ideal destination for entertaining current and prospective clients along with rewarding employees and their families. Fans will be able to reserve an exclusive table for three every game for only $50.

Each table purchase comes with the best seat in the park and wait staff delivering unlimited food and beverages (non-alcoholic) throughout the entire game.

If you would like more information on the Home Plate Club, including booking and availability, please contact the Burlington Herd front office at 905-630-9036 or email us at info@burlingtonherd.com.

The Herd takes to the field for the first time on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Barn (Nelson Park). Season tickets and group packages are now on sale by calling (905) 630-9036 or by visiting the team’s new website, burlingtonherd.com.

The Herd can be followed on social media platforms (“iblherd”), including Facebook.com/iblherd.

Herd, Barn, Farm – get used to it!

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Mainway Arena Temporarily Closed for Scheduled Maintenance February 14 to 17, 2017

notices100x100By Staff

February 3rd, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

Mainway Arena will be closed for maintenance between Feb. 14 to 17, 2017.

Plans to accommodate ice users at other city arenas are being made.

Residents with questions about ice rentals at Mainway Arena should call 905-331-7465.

For information about public skating at other locations around the city, please visit www.burlington.ca/play.

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2641 names on a petition to kill the idea of bike lanes on New Street

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

January 23rd, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The New Street road diet is one of those stories that just does not want to go away.

Each day we see new information dribble in while two woman continue to collect names for their on-line petition that now has 2141 names plus 500 signatures on a paper based petition.

The petition is at: bit.ly/newstreetroaddiet

Ruth Langdon, one of the two retired teachers behind the online petition, said one of her concerns is that this road diet will be continued onto Burloak Drive.

Do you measure

The idea was to share the road – motorists were taught to respect the signals painted on the road.

“The plan seems to already be completed for bike lanes on New Street from Guelph Line to Burloak Drive.” She adds that she believes “the city has started working on a road diet for Maple Avenue from Lakeshore Road to just south of Mapleview Mall – pilot project for next spring.

“And that they have started working on a road diet for Lakeshore Road from water treatment plant to Eastport Drive. Are these really pilot projects or done deals?

One of the problems is the city hasn’t provided the level of information people need.

New Street bike lanes - long pic

The city did hold an information night at Robert Bateman high school with a number of impressive aerial photographs that set out what city staff thought was possible in terms of a road diet. There were almost as many photographs as there were people.

The city did hold a public meeting at Bateman high school where they had impressive drawings laid out showing some of the options that were being considered for New Street. The meeting was poorly attended.

This all began when the Regional government announced they were going to upgrade the water mains along New Street – which meant re-paving the road. The work between Martha and Guelph line was done last summer.

The balance of the water main work, from Guelph Line to Burloak was to be done at a later date. The city has a commitment to a better modal split between cars, transit, cycling and walking and saw this as an opportunity to put dedicated bike lanes in just a portion of New Street and measure data they would collect. Were cycling accidents reduced? Was traffic relay slowed down? What differences in the flow of traffic were observed?

The cycling lanes on that part of Lakeshore Road that begins at Maple and runs along the edge of the lake to Eastport is a part of the redevelopment of the Beachway Park.

Cycling lanes on Maple was not much more than a thought.

The city did a very poor job of getting the long range story out to a public that was concerned about traffic congestion.

New street north side at Bateman Hs

Many think that if there is going to be a cycle lane it could be on the median between the sidewalk and the road. One staff engineer told the Gazette one of the reasons for the medians was for possible bike lanes.

Members of council who voted for the New Street road diet (all did except for Councillor Sharman) didn’t do much better. There is a confused public out there – they want answers and they aren’t getting them.

The New Street plan was to be a one year pilot project that got off to a poor start and didn’t get any better as the public began to learn more about the plans.

The understanding is that in a Phase 2 the city will look at physical separation between the bike lanes and vehicle lane – cement barriers

Ruth Langdon wants to know if barriers are going to be put in to protect cyclists from traffic whizzing by at 60km – how much will barriers cost? Will they be removed in winter, if so how much will that cost? If not removed how will plows work around them? Where will the bus stop, how will handicap vans function? How do they sweep debris from the curb lanes, do they need to buy another machine for that?

All reasonable questions – just no answers.

Langdon has arrived at the conclusion that “intensification plus implementation of bike lanes = more congestion.”

Alternatives to putting bike lanes on main roads is to improve existing bike paths(multiuse) and , pavement beside sidewalk-boulevards.

Chris Ariens, an avid cyclist and a member of the city’s Cycling Advisory committee said he wonders how many people on the on-line petition are non-residents. He said he had heard in conversation that some of the petition comments were from non-residents, but can’t say how many. He said he did read the petition a couple of weeks ago. “No indication of how many were from neighbouring municipalities but I did see Philip Waggett’s name there 3 times.

Ariens added that: “I understand that many people are upset about the situation, and there is a feeling of there being nothing in it for the 1/3 of the public who have zero interest in cycling and focused on getting where they need to go quickly.

“The payoff for them is many years away, which explains some of the negative feeling towards the project. The road diet is mainly a scapegoat for the larger issue of congestion – particularly on the QEW / 403 that plagues our city’s commuting experience.

What's wrong with this picture?

Is the New Street road diet a scapegoat for the larger issue of congestion – particularly on the QEW / 403 that plagues our city’s commuting experience asks a Gazette reader.

“That congestion is the root cause, which providing more convenient multi-modal options should help address in the long run. That is why the data from this project is so important. But we can’t ignore the feelings either, because as we have seen, it is feelings that drive action at the ballot box, not data.

Ariens has said previously that he isn’t committed to bike lanes on New Street – he just wants to see data that supports any decision made.

The public does get bits and pieces of information from Dan Ozimkovic, Transportation Planning Technologist through his online communications. Nothing with any consistent detail from the city which is causing much of the angst. There is a sort of ‘if they aren’t telling us – then there is something wrong’ attitude prevailing.

Ozimkovic is pretty clear when he says: “The new street bike lanes are absolutely not a done deal, it will depend on if there is a reduction in accidents in that stretch and not a significant increase in travel times, all of which will be reported on.

Bike lanes - New street

Existing traffic lane set up on the left. Pattern during th road diet for New Street. The drawing suggests there is some form of barrier between the cars and the cyclists – there isn’t – at least not during the trial phase.

Ozimkovic is as strong with his words when he tells a resident that “I can guarantee you that New Street isn’t a done deal. This is a pilot project and staff will write a report to Council Fall 2017.

This report will include all of the feedback received regarding this pilot project as well as the traffic data that we collected prior to the start of this pilot project and during the pilot project.

In another email to a resident Ozimkovic reports that: “We have 3 months’ worth of data. You are absolutely correct, we aren’t able to collect any data now for the reasons you stated below (less sunlight to power the batteries that run the data collection equipment) but we will start collecting data once again as soon as the nice weather rolls around. From that point, we will collect data until the end of this pilot project.

“We recorded close to 53,000 travel time trips. This includes prior to pilot project and during the pilot project. We recorded these trips using the Bluetooth technology. The only other way to record travel time trips is by going out there with a stop watch and driving on New Street. We would never be able to get that sample size if we chose to record travel times that way.

Ozimkovic reports that all of this info is available on our project website www.burlington.ca/newstreetpilot –

Eva Amos, the other retired teacher who organized the on-line and the paper based petitions with Ruth Langdon asks: “Why not reverse this decision now based on 2141 signatures on an online petition opposing the New Street Diet, plus 500 signatures on a hard copy of the petition, add the many comments councillors have received directly from residents?

“Drivers do not feel safer, cyclists tell us repeatedly they will never ride their bikes in these bike lanes. They prefer Spruce Avenue, Lakeshore Rd or the Centennial Path. Residents on the feeder streets say traffic and speed have increased on these once quiet residential streets.

“The short merge lane is a major concern. Emissions from idling cars now sitting in the backlog at Walkers and New Street at peak times is also a concern. Trying to get onto New Street from Pinecove especially is a problem.

“At the beginning of this diet we were told data was being collected by the city transportation Dept and we could get updates there. Trouble is, this data has never been updated. The technology being used cannot collect data now in the winter months, the days are too short and the batteries are not charging properly. Data will again be collected once the nicer weather is upon us. So at best we will have data for a portion of this trial and none in winter?

“I also have trouble with the technology being used. It may be the best we have at capturing most cars but it does not capture every car. How many are missed. We have no way of knowing. As I understand it, a mobile device has to be turned on in the car in order for it to be captured and counted. I for one drive with my phone on. My husband turns his off when in the car, as does my neighbour.

New Street traffic data Jan 23-17

Time to travel between Guelph Line and Walkers Line with the road diet in place on New Street. A lot of people are going to experience heart burn when they see those times. Data comes from the city web site.

“I find it almost insulting to the many drivers and residents of south Burlington trying to get from the east end to downtown or simply get home after a day’s work in a timely, safe fashion to tell them it only takes 72 seconds longer now to travel the distance between Walkers Line and Guelph Line.

“Based on resident’s daily experience it should read, after waiting in gridlock at Walkers and New Street or after waiting several minutes to make a turn onto New Street, it now takes 72 seconds longer to travel the distance.

“I don’t think we would have so many signatures on the petitions if it simply took 72 seconds longer to travel the distance as reported on the city website.

“Burlington is a bedroom community. People out of necessity have to drive to work or to the GO station. Burlington was never built as a pedestrian or cycling friendly city. Distances are too far between, shopping, services, appointments, sports activities. When I go to Toronto I take the GO train, and subway or buses to get around or walk. There is no comparison between the ease of getting around Toronto to Burlington on public transit.”

Eva Amos and Ruth Langdon have each lived in Burlington for more than 40 years. They are the epitome of decent people who expect decent services from their municipal government and straight answers to their questions.

Both were school teachers who met each other at the curling rink and now play golf together.

“New Street was a functional east/west road for years. Now with the population growing, Councillors decide to narrow this major east/west roadway.  “I fail to see the logic. It seems I am not alone” – there are at least 2641 people who share that view.

This story isn’t over yet.

The online petition is still open and can be found at: bit.ly/newstreetroaddietgetting new - yellow

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The bike lane debate really can wait.

News 100 greenBy Staff

December 26th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It has come to this:

On Dec 24, 2016, at 11:06 AM, philip waggett wrote:
Mr. Goldring & Mr. Dennison,

Back in August, I commented that the data collection along New Street was a “sham”, this was not a “test” but a fait accompli in which the bike lanes were now permanent. In fact two comments from the recent minutes of the Cycling Committee support this view.

In October, the Cycling Committee minutes reported “…Phase Two will look at the possibility of physcial separation of the bike lanes and car lanes…”; in November, the minutes reported, “Report that New Street will be going next fall”. Both of these comments indicate that the Cycling Committee believe that the New Street Bike Lanes are a permanent fixture–despite the widespread opposition of thousands of residents!!!!!

Further, the October minutes of this special interest lobby group reveal that $1800 of valuable taxpayers money was approved to buy “free(?) giveaways” at the inspire burlington event in November. The giveaways apparently promoted that “cycling is delightful”.

Why are valuable taxpayers resources being used for this purpose?

At 7:14 am Christmas Day Ward 4 city Councillor |Jack Dennison wrote

Phil
We will get input from Dan Ozimkovic traffic engineering when he returns from Christmas break. He has the details.

The new street bike lanes are absolutely not a done deal, it will depend on if there is a reduction in accidents in that stretch and not a significant increase in travel times, all of which will be reported on.

Phil, Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and yours
Jack

Our hope is that Jack was up at that hour with those that matter in his life. The bike lanes on New Street can just wait until the New Year,

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Mainway ice pads will be ready for the Golden Horseshoe tournament

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

December 23, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Fixed!

The ice pads at Mainway Arena have reopened following a temporary closure to complete unexpected repairs.

Two of the three compressors used at the arena to help maintain the ice surface stopped working and required replacement. The new compressors were installed this week and the ice pads are restored and ready for the Golden Horseshoe Tournament starting on Dec. 27 in Burlington.

The pressure to get those compressors in place was driven by the 100 AAA + major-age teams who are arriving in Burlington arenas for its traditional Dec. 27-30 slot in the schedule.

winning-feelingSeven of those teams are host Eagles teams (two in tyke, one in the remaining five major age groups) donning the colours of the Burlington City Rep Hockey Club.

Despite increased competition from other holiday tournaments over the past few years, the Horseshoe still thrives. Fratesi thinks the reason is simple.

“We run a great tournament,” he said matter-of-factly. “We have the core guys that have the format down now. There’s a lot of grunt work that has to be done when you have 236 games to schedule in four days.”

Perks that players and parents remember — spotlights on the player during the championship games introductions, for example — have become a mainstay. Others, such as the introduction of a the FFP Laser Systems show at the opening ceremonies and championship games last year, are adding to the event’s lustre.

golden-horseshoe-puck-sportsThe events concludes with the six championship games on Tuesday, Dec. 30. The site of the games prevents Cogeco from showing the games live (signal interference) so games are tape delayed.

getting new - yellow

 

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Hours for city administrative, recreational and transit services.

News 100 redBy Staff

December 22, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Most of us are rushing to get tasks done that just have to be done before we ease up for a few days away from what usually occupies us Monday to Friday,

City of Burlington administrative services will be closed from Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 until Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.

Parks and Recreation Programs and Facilities: Activities and customer service hours at city pools, arenas and community centres vary over the holidays.

For a complete listing of program times visit burlington.ca/play

For a complete listing of  service hours and customer service locations visit burlington.ca/servicehours

Burlington Transit and Handi-Van Service Hours:

The Downtown Transit Terminal will be closed Dec. 25 and 26, 2016 as well as Jan. 1, 2017. It will be closed early (2 p.m.) on Dec. 24 and 31.

Date Service schedule/hours

Dec. 24 Service ends early at approximately 8 p.m.

Dec. 25 No service

Dec. 26 Saturday service hours

Dec. 27 to Dec. 30 Regular service

Dec. 31 Saturday service extended until approximately 2 a.m.

Jan. 1 No service

Roads and Parks Maintenance: The administrative office will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Only winter control and emergency services will be provided.
Halton Court Services: Provincial Offences Courts in Milton and Burlington will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.

Parking: Free parking is available in the downtown core at all meters, municipal lots and the parking garage during the month of December and on Jan. 1, 2017.

NOTE: The Waterfront parking lots (east and west) do not provide free parking on statutory holidays.

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Centennial pool to close for maintenance January 1 to 8

notices100x100By Staff

December 14th, 2106

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Centennial Pool will be closed for maintenance starting Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 and will re-open on Sunday, Jan. 8.

To find other swim locations and times, please visit www.burlington.ca/play.

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The Bandits have been sold, re-branded and are now the Herd. They will play at the Barn - which is the Nelson sports field.

sportsgold 100x100By Pepper Parr

December 13th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

They came to town as the Twins, were sold and became the Bandits.

The Intercounty Baseball League team has been sold again and is now to be known as the Burlington Herd.
After five seasons as the Burlington Bandits, the 2017 season will mark the beginning of a new era for Intercounty baseball in the Halton Region with the renamed Burlington Herd, the team announced on Tuesday morning.

Herd was selected to pay homage to the Burlington Organized Minor Baseball Associations 60th anniversary and their premier rep program nicknamed the Bulls.

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Will new ownership and a new name make a difference in the box score? The new owners intend to give it all they’ve got.

Along with a new nickname and logo, the Intercounty Baseball Club has announced a transfer of ownership from Scott Robinson to local Burlington residents Ryan Harrison, Jason McKay and Dan Pokoradi.

“Our group is very excited to continue IBL baseball in Burlington” said new IBL Burlington President Ryan Harrison. “Myself along with our board member have a passion for baseball in the city and believe with continued support from the City of Burlington, BOMBA and other local baseball organizations, we can build this team as a destination on Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons.”

A tribute to the history of baseball in Burlington, the “Herd” signifies the unification of two current baseball entities within the city. The new identity encompasses the Bulls theme, starting with the team colors of navy blue, yellow and white and continuing with the familiar Bull logo.

“Our goal was to give the baseball fans of Burlington a team and identity they can call their own,” said Herd President Ryan Harrison. “Burlington is full of traditions woven into the fabric of the city, and this new tradition will be something local and iconic and celebrate what makes Burlington and Minor League Baseball so great: family and fun.”

The new on-field cap will feature a stylized “B” for Burlington on a navy and yellow hat.

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Burlington MP Karina Gould throwing out the first pitch. She will need a new jersey next season.

“We wanted to create a name and a brand that allowed the heart of this city to shine through it,” said Harrison. “While we take our responsibility to provide affordable family entertainment very seriously, we also want to embrace the fun which permeates through Burlington. We will continue to create a festive atmosphere with great partners in a clean, immaculate environment where you can bring your family.”

The Herd take the field for the first time on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Barn (Nelson Park). Season tickets and group packages are now on sale by calling (905) 630-9036 or by visiting the team’s new website, burlingtonherd.com. The Herd can be followed on social media platforms (“iblherd”), including Facebook.com/iblherd.

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Ice rinks, tobogganing and a place to donate gently used skates.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

December 8th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Chris Glenn

Chris Glenn, Director of Parks and Recreation

The City of Burlington is ready for winter fun with the launch of its Neighbourhood Rink program, the opening of Rotary Centennial Pond at the waterfront in downtown Burlington and dedicated locations for tobogganing.
Chris Glenn, the city’s director of Parks and Recreation tells us that: “Skating and tobogganing in the winter time are great Canadian traditions that bring friends, neighbours and communities together to be active and enjoy the winter weather.” Can we expect to see Mr. Glenn on a toboggan in the near future?

Neighbourhood Rinks
Back for a second year, the Neighbourhood Rink program encourages neighbours to come together to maintain a natural outdoor ice rink in their local park.

This month, city staff will install boards for 13 ice pads in various parks throughout Burlington that will be maintained by neighbourhood volunteer groups. The rinks are open to the public and free to use.

The following locations will host a Neighbourhood Rink for the upcoming season:

• Brant Hills Park
• Ireland Park
• Orchard Park
• Sherwood Park
• Tansley Woods Park
• Central Park
• Optimist Park
• Palladium Park
• Pineland Park
• Rusholme Crescent Corridor
• Sheraton Park
• Skyway Park
• Wellington Park

Rotary Centennial Pond

If you didn't get to strap on the blades this winter - you're out of luck. Rink closes at 10:00 pm this evening.

Centennial Pond will be open from 10 am to 10 pm – closed on Christmas Day.

The outdoor ice at Rotary Centennial Pond is scheduled to open on Dec. 10, ice conditions permitting. Located at the waterfront in downtown Burlington, the pond hosts nearly 9,000 skaters each year. The rink is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends and school holidays and from 5 to 10 p.m. on weekday evenings. The pond is closed on Christmas Day.

New this year, the city is asking residents to donate gently used skates they no longer need. These skate donations will be used for a skate lending program at Rotary Centennial Pond.

“The skate lending program has been created to help eliminate barriers for people who may want to give recreational skating a try,” said Glenn. “We hope the skate lending program will encourage residents and visitors to try a new sport, learn some new skills and get outside and play this winter.”

Skate donations can be dropped off at city pools, arenas and community centres.

Tobogganing

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This is what tobogganing is all about.

The city has designated six areas in the city that are safe for tobogganing. They include:

• LaSalle Park, east of the parking lot
• Tyandaga Park at hole number four on the west slope
• Central Park on the hill northwest of the community garden
• Brant Hills Park, southwest of the tennis courts
• Nelson Park on the east side of park, north of the Centennial bike path
• Lowville Park on the hill at the southwest end of park.

With snow flurries in the air the city might be about to begin a real winter.getting new - yellow

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