Thorold to spend $2M on Beaverdams Park

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The Battle of Beaverdams Park is getting a major overhaul this year.

A major talking point at the Feb 9. Thorold budget meeting was the revitalization of Battle of Beaverdams Park. The city has committed a total $2 million to revamping the park and expects to finish the project by May 2022.

“This park is our major park where we hold city functions,” said Thorold Mayor Terry Ugulini. The park has hosted events like Canada Day celebrations, local concert series and even blues festivals. “It’s just a superb venue,” Ugulini said.

He said a big focus for the city of Thorold as of late is the revitalization of the city’s downtown. The park hasn’t had any money spent on it since its opening in 1976 and Ugulini said now is the time to spend money on it, given big crowds can’t be hosted anyway. “We want to do it right. We don't want to have to come back again. We'll do it once, we'll do it right,” he said.

The park will cost the city a total of $2 million with contingencies, meaning the city is aiming for $1.7 million but has room for overages. The federal and provincial governments will provide almost $500,000 of that, with the city funding the rest by debt financing, pulling from reserves and crowd fundraising.

Ugulini said that he hopes to next year hold a Canada Day celebration that is “second to none,” and to see reed band concerts return. “But I'm also hoping that the community as a whole steps up and says let's utilize this more, let's have more events, and everybody comes together and volunteers,” he said.

Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News