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Hagersville Library + Active Living Centre

Project Summary

As part of the planned replacement of the Hagersville Public Library and in recognition of the need for more accessible public spaces given the community’s significant growth, Council has authorized staff to initiate a community capital fund-raising campaign and proceed with community consultations/other activities to support the construction of this new multi-purpose facility.

A conceptual rendering of the Hagersville Library + Active Living Centre. A large, architecturally interesting building sits surrounded by trees.
A conceptual rendering of the Hagersville Library + Active Living Centre.

Hagersville has been identified as the second-fastest-growing urban community in Haldimand and has a shortage of accessible public buildings for recreation, leisure and community socialization. The current community hall is approximately 100 years old and has challenges associated with accessibility and functionality.

The existing Hagersville Public Library, while enjoyed by residents since 1945, is limited in terms of accessibility, programming, services and parking.

The new, integrated facility is intended to be located in Hagersville’s Grant Kett Park, a large downtown green space which already includes the arena, three ball diamonds and a natural amphitheatre used for events. Construction is expected to begin in 2024.

Community feedback has been an important part of the development of this project for the past 18 months.

During 2021 and 2022 several community open houses took place, encouraging residents and potential users to provide input into the design and functionality of the new facility. As well, residents had an opportunity to provide feedback at public information centres at the Hagersville Arena and Hagersville Public Library for three months in 2022.

A tender for architectural and engineering consulting was released November 22, 2022; once awarded, staff will begin working with the successful bidder to finalize the design of the building. This process will include further engagement with the community.

Fall 2021:

  • Community Open House is arranged to share preliminary information about the project and potential design.

Summer 2021:

  • Hagersville Chamber of Commerce initiates process to list and sell the Hagersville Community Centre, with all proceeds to the new facility; and,
  • Plans for the Community Fund-Raising Campaign are initiated.

December 2021:

  • 2021 community consultation/input results in the Active Living Centre design incorporating three pickle ball courts.

January 2022:

  • Hagersville Chamber of Commerce closes sale of the Hagersville Community Centre; proceeds are provided to Haldimand County towards the Library + Active Living Centre Project

Spring/Summer 2022:

  • Public information centres are placed at the Hagersville Arena and Hagersville Public Library, allowing the community an additional opportunity to provide feedback and/or input into the proposed design.

Fall 2022:

  • Staff prepare Request for Proposal for architectural and engineering consulting services for the project. Tender is released November 22, 2022.

March 2021:

  • Project is approved during Capital Budget deliberations for 2024 construction

June 2021:

  • Council approves start of community fund-raising campaign and sale of the Hagersville Community Centre by the Hagersville Chamber of Commerce

Fall/Winter 2021-2022:

  • Launch of community fund-raising campaign
  • Community Open House – to share intent of the new facility and preliminary concepts

January 2022:

  • Hagersville Chamber of Commerce completes sale of the Hagersville Community Centre; provides Haldimand County with a $700,000 contribution to the new facility.

 Summer 2022:

  • Preliminary community consultation completed; input provided to staff to assist in preparation of tender for architectural/engineering consulting services.

 Fall 2022:

  • Staff prepare Request for Proposal for architectural and engineering consulting services for the project. Tender is released November 22, 2022.

 2023:

  • Detailed design development.

 2024:

Construction.

For more information on the Hagersville Library + Active Living Centre, contact:

Community Development & Partnerships