If you thought the piles of demolition rubble at the old Dominion Glass site, on Chapple Street near Tim Hortons Field, seemed a little higher this spring, you’re probably right.
But that won’t prevent a small portion of the city-owned area from being lent to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats again for overflow parking on game days, the first of which is in three weeks.
“There is some more demolition work going on,” says Rom D’Angelo, the city’s director of energy, fleet and facilities management. “We took it down to ground level before, but there still are pits and basements being taken apart.”
There are also drilling tests being conducted for the environmental assessment required before work can begin to restore the five-hectare site into green space and recreational usage.
The whole site is officially a construction zone but, for Ticats games, the city cleans up and makes safe the parts that will be used for parking (and some tailgating). The construction areas are securely fenced off, and posted with warning signage.
“The areas are segregated, to be really safe,” says D’Angelo, who estimates that because of the progression of the demolition there “will be slightly less” parking available for 2018 games than last year. The Ticats, who said they are grateful to the city for the use of the site, estimate that they were able to assign about 300 parking spots there last season for fans, media and staff.
The Ticats play their first exhibition game of the season on Friday, June 1, when they host the Toronto Argonauts with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
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