In 2021, as part of the County’s planned replacement of the Hagersville Public Library—and in recognition of the need for more accessible public spaces, given the County’s considerable planned growth—Council approved an initiative in the Tax-Supported Capital Budget to construct a co-located Library and Active Living Centre in Hagersville. As part of this approval, the staff were authorized to initiate a community capital fund-raising campaign and proceed with community consultations and associated activities to support the construction of this new multi-purpose facility.
Hagersville has been identified as the second-fastest-growing urban community in Haldimand County and has a shortage of accessible public buildings for recreation, leisure and community socialization.
The town’s 100+-year-old Hagersville Community Centre had considerable challenges in terms of accessibility and functionality. Operated most recently by the Hagersville Chamber of Commerce, the Community Centre was sold in 2022, with proceeds donated to the new Hagersville Library + Active Living Centre (HL+ALC). The existing Hagersville Public Library, while enjoyed by residents since 1945, is limited in terms of accessibility, programming, services and parking.
The new, integrated HL+ALC will be located in Hagersville’s Grant Kett Park, a large, downtown green space which already includes the Arena, three ball diamonds, a concession building, playground and a natural amphitheatre used for community events.
Community fund-raising and consultation has taken place the past two years (2021, 2022). In February 2023, the design contract for the project was awarded to the firm of Curran, Gacesa, Slote Architects Inc. (CGS).
At this time, staff and are eager to share the latest design vision for the HL+ALC based upon stakeholder engagement and consultation. Two public consultation sessions are planned on Wednesday, May 17; 1:30-3:00 pm and 6;30-9:00 p.m. in the Almas Room of the Hagersville Arena (36 Sherring Street North).
Design and engineering will continue until the end of 2023, with an expected construction start date of 2024.