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Stairs Connect Us: Please Sign A Petition

A group of residents in the University Gardens neighbourhood are seeking improved connections for active transportation. 

The neighbourhood sits on a plateau above McMaster's west campus parking lots. A path through a wooded section between Grant Boulevard and McMaster's parking lot "P" is the shortest and most direct route that connects hikers, and commuters walking or cycling, but it is on the side of a hill that becomes treacherous in winter. At the bottom of the hill, a concrete bridge spans the narrow Ancaster Creek that is the dividing line between Hamilton's Ward 13 (Dundas) and Ward one's Ainslie Woods North neighbourhood.


Existing stairs were removed by the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) with no plans for replacement. Area residents have started a petition to request a replacement set of stairs and will use the petition as support when they go to the HCA Board meeting in early June.

The text of the petition reads:

The Hamilton Conservation Authority has removed the staircase at the end of Grant Blvd with no plans to replace it.  Residents in University Gardens need a safe metal staircase with a bike runnel that cyclists and pedestrians can use for commuting or leisure from our subdivision all year! 

Sign this petition and ask the HCA and the City of Hamilton to fund a new staircase! We will present these results at an upcoming HCA Board meeting at the beginning of June.

This trail connection is identified in the Hamilton Trails Master Plan, and it is the only direct way to get between University Gardens and McMaster for people on foot or with bicycles. 

Please consider signing the petition and add your voice to their request.

Thanks in advance for your support!




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