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Kirkendall Neighbourhood Strategy Consultation

Come together Kirkendall

Placemaking as part of the Kirkendall Neighbourhood Strategy

Facilitated by Jay Pitter, Placemaker. Inclusive City Builder. Author. Speaker. Distinguished Visitor in Planning, UofT.

For the past year, the City of Hamilton has been asking the people living and working in Kirkendall what they think are the most critical issues facing their neighbourhood.

It’s time to come together and review what everyone’s been talking about and what to do next.

A strong sense of community is important to our wellbeing, our feelings of safety and security and it can impact how we participate in civic events.

  • How can we deepen the sense of community in Kirkendall and make better connections with our neighbours?
  • How do we make sure there is a place for everyone in a changing Kirkendall and how can we impact what that change might look like?
  • What role do our parks, local shops, schools, our library, streets and community centre play in creating a sense of community?

Five main issues have risen to date. Let’s take a deeper dive, make sure we haven’t missed anything and discuss next steps starting with our HAAA. Guest Jay Pitter will join us. Jay will be there to facilitate our neighbourhood discussion.

We have two sessions to choose from because we know Saturdays are busy. Click here to RSVP!

Limited childcare spaces are available

About Jay Pitter

Jay Pitter, MES, is an award-winning placemaker and author whose practice mitigates growing divides in urban centres across North America. Recently, Jay consulted on Edmonton’s heritage plan; co-developed the City of Toronto’s new shelter design guidelines, delivered a professional development process at UN Women headquarters in New York City; and led (RE)IMAGINING CHEAPSIDE, a Confederate monument placemaking process in Lexington, Kentucky. She is currently teaching an inclusive placemaking and planning course at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture and has been named the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in Planning by the University of Toronto for the 2019-2020 academic year. In the upcoming months, Jay’s HER City project will engage women in public space audits and play. Her forthcoming book, Where We Live, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2020.

Initial findings

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We received 300+ submissions from our first round of engagement covering a wide number of issues and ideas. We’re asking for your input on the top five themes outlined below, if any themes should be changed or added, and what kind of specific actions would you like to see taken to address them. Click on the links below to comment on each theme.

A Changing Kirkendall

A number of people expressed worry about how development projects and rent increases are impacting the neighbourhood. The changing nature of businesses on Locke St is also a concern.

HAAA, Parks and Greenspace

People want to see the HAAA grounds improved upon with community input. There’s also a high priority on increasing the number of trees and protecting existing greenspaces and trails.

Pedestrian & Cyclist Safety

Speeding cars, traffic calming, bike lanes and pedestrian safety are issues expressed repeatedly.

Address Crime

There was a lot of apprehension about car break-ins and theft from private property. One solution was introducing a “neighbourhood watch” program.

Community Connections

People want more opportunities to celebrate their community and connect with each other. Some want a large Locke St type-festival, and others want small-scale block parties and other events, such as more movie nights and music in the park.

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Join us at the KNA’s annual pumpkin sale

T2019-pumpkin-sale1-232x300he Kirkendall Neighbourhood Strategy will be at the Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association’s annual pumpkin sale on Saturday, October 19th from 9am to 12pm (or until they sell out!).

We’ll be showing the initial findings from our first round of surveying and asking you for further input and ideas! More info will be posted online shortly. For more on the Pumpkin Sale click here.

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their input for our first round of engagement, we received over 300 responses!

A ton of great ideas and suggestions were submitted, and shortly we’ll post the key themes that emerged through the process. These themes will help guide us towards developing a neighbourhood plan with further input and feedback sought over the next several months.

Winners of the prizes will be contacted shortly!

For more information, email us at

Survey deadline extended

We’ve decided to extend the deadline of our first round of surveys until midnight on Sept 15 so everyone has a chance to fill it out! Click on the link at the top of the page and share your voice today!

Join us tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow at the Locke St Farmers Market from 9am-1pm and tell us about all the things you love in Kirkendall – and what’s missing. While you’re at it, help yourself to a donut bite from Donut Monster!


RSVP for Our Kirkendall: A Community Building Workshop here

Date: Saturday, June 8th 2019

Time: 12pm-2:30pm

Location: Ryerson Recreation Centre (251 Duke St.)

Our Kirkendall: A Community Building Workshop
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Our Kirkendall: A Community Building Workshop


Tell us about all the places and things that make Kirkendall a great place to live, work, learn and play. Learn about all gems that make it special! Join us for a community asset mapping workshop.

Lunch provided. Free child care available by request (please book by May 31st).

A free event! All are welcome! Bring a friend or neighbour!


Date: Saturday, June 8th 2019

Time: 12pm-2:30pm

Location: Ryerson Recreation Centre (251 Duke St.)

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100 in 1 Day is back!

100 in 1 Day is coming back for another year on Saturday, June 1st!

What is 100 in 1 day?

“100In1Day Hamilton is part of a growing global movement that is changing how people interact with their cities. It provides residents with a platform to showcase their ideas aimed to spark change in their communities. 100in1Day Hamilton is celebrating 5 incredible years! We have seen over 550 urban interventions in Hamilton since 2015 led by community members, organizations and partners.”

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Introducing the Kirkendall Neighbourhood Strategy

The purpose of the project is to create an action-based plan for the residents of the Kirkendall neighbourhood by engaging with the neighbourhood, identifying assets, priorities, goals and objects for maintaining and improving the neighbourhood. The following are the major objectives of the project.