As part of the Canadian Experiences Fund, the City received financial support to make improvements to H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park with the goal of enhancing tourism initiatives, updating facilities, and creating new experiences for both residents and visitors. The Canadian Experiences Fund is the first dedicated tourism grant program of its kind offered by the Government of Canada, allowing Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario to allocate more than $11 million to Southern Ontario specific tourism projects. Over the last year, City staff were able to make improvements to existing park foundations, while adding new infrastructure including electrical work to support concerts and events like Canal Days.

Upgrades and improvements to H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park include the following:

Cenotaph Restoration 

The Cenotaph was restored, which included significant flagstone repairs, bronzing of the plaques and lights and LED lighting was added at the top of the hill.

 

 

 New Trees Planted 

In Spring 2020, new trees were planted throughout the park. 

 

 

 

 

 

 Storm Damage Repairs 

After the Oct.31, 2019 storm, there was significant tree damage throughout the park. City staff corrected all tree and pole damage and ensured playground equipment was intact.

 

 

 

 Updated Main Entrance Carpet Bed 

The main entrance carpet bed was updated to include new armour rock supports, which replaced the rotting wood supports, and new flowers were added. 

 

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Added a Pollinator Bed 

In partnership with Niagara Regional Peninsula Authority, a pollinator bed was created in Spring 2020.

 

 

Repaved Asphalt Walkway 

The asphalt walkway around the park was repaved to ensure a smooth service making it accessible and barrier-free for all residents and visitors to enjoy. 

 

 

Electrical Upgrades 

  • The Cenotaph was restored, which included significant flagstone repairs, bronzing of the plaques and lights and LED lighting was added at the top of the hill 
  • A new feed and infrastructure underground, to supply power for festival lighting and concert electrical equipment
  • Replacement of existing East and West hydro feeds and sub panels to the Park
  • Complete LED lighting upgrades to the washroom, splashpad pumphouse, bandshell and both pavilions 
  • A new service to supply power for future food trucks at the new HH Knoll Parkette; former Dawg's restaurant 

Thank you to the Canadian Experiences Fund and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, for providing this grant to help us improve the over all visitor experience at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park.