HCA was successful in its applications for two grants from the Federal Government of Canada under The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
At Westfield Heritage Village, the program will provide $42,214 towards the rehabilitation of the c. 1845 Cathcart School. This historically significant one room, log schoolhouse has substantial structural decay and deterioration in its walls, floor and foundation.
The rehabilitation work will include extensive repair to ensure structural integrity, protection from the elements and accessibility. Site grading will incorporate a ramp to provide an accessible entrance for visitors using wheelchairs, or who have other mobility limitations. The school is used extensively for educational and public programming.
At Fifty Point Conservation Area, HCA will receive $92,862 in support of the rehabilitation and expansion of the bridge and trail project in the conservation area.
A 40-metre wheelchair accessible pedestrian foot bridge is needed to connect existing and expanded trails and increase accessibility. The existing trail system will be rehabilitated, resurfaced with limestone screenings, and expanded to divide into a South Loop and a North Loop, improving access for the hikers, bird watchers and other nature enthusiasts that visit the conservation area. Additional contributions for the project come from the Hamilton Conservation Foundation, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, and Helderleigh Foundation.
“We are very pleased to receive funding towards projects that will enhance both the visitor experience and the accessibility in our conservation areas,” said HCA Chairman Robert Pasuta. “The enhancements will be enjoyed by visitors for years to come.”
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary. Through investments in community infrastructure, the Government of Canada will invest in projects that celebrate our shared heritage, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.