June was a very busy month in the Gibson neighbourhood. Long awaited projects and events were completed and attended throughout the community…
Everyone was thrilled to be able to gather once again after two years for the Barton Village Festival. The streets were closed from Wentworth to Victoria and thousands of people were able to meet friends and neighbours, enjoy the entertainment and support local businesses.

The “Best Little Park in the City”, Powell Park, received some overdue love and attention with a new coat of signature blue, preparation done on the basketball court for an anticipated mural and completion of an outstanding mural on the fence beside the big blue building by Kyle Joedecki. What’s next? A complete makeover is planned for 2024 and the GALA park adoptees have some little surprises in store. Stay tuned!


Woodlands Park at Barton and Sanford was buzzing with activities. This June saw the installation of Woodlands Park: Ghost Landscape, a city-funded placemaking project sponsored by the Barton Village BIA and led by Dr. Sarah Sheehan (Doors Open Hamilton ’22, Friends of St. Giles). Visit the park to view printed signs and banners and listen to a soundscape evoking the park’s pre-1947 history. (1) Wrap-around sign on the fire hall wall (2) A sign with all the project details on the utility building, near the play area (3) Mesh banners on the east fence near Westinghouse HQ and Sanford Ave. N. (4) Mesh banner referring to the 1946 Stelco strike.

The sports pad near Wentworth received some love from our favourite band, The Arkells with lighting, benches and new trees.

On June 25th, the community gathered with support from Green Cities, Turf systems, Aldershot Landscape and Landsource Organics to restore the seating areas and gardens at the back of the Park.


St. Matthews Planting day is an on-going project with Green City and their partners culminating in a community planting day on June 25th. New playgrounds with sun sails and tons of plants and trees plus 250 herbs given out to 250 Barton Village neighbours.

What’s coming up?
Green Venture, in partnership with the Barton Village BIA, Adele Pierre Landscape Architect, and the City of Hamilton’s Ward 3 office are back with the Depave on Barton initiative. Starting in July, the first project will be taking place at the corner of Emerald and Barton beside Hello Baked, with capital funds from the Ward 3 office and support from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund. Volunteer registration coming soon at greenventure.ca/upcoming-events. If you have any questions, or would like to suggest a piece of public property that needs depaving in the Barton Village, email depave@greenventure.ca!

Alley Makeover scheduled to begin in July! We will add artwork, plants and enhance “Library Lane” that runs from Milton to Fullerton behind the Barton Street corridor. Check out Facebook, (1) Beautiful Alleys | Facebook, drop by to check it out or sign up to volunteer at hamiltonalleys@gmail.com

On July 10th, Backyard Movement will join Beautiful Alleys to help clean parks across the city. Join us at Powell Park at noon or register at hamiltonalleys.com