Hamilton Alleyways Project

Alleyways are a defining feature of older urban neighbourhoods. Such extensive networks of passageways and open spaces offer easy access to homes and businesses with minimal car interference. Rather than developing alleys for the benefit of the community, they have become forgotten, underused and abused public spaces. City staff has said illegal dumping, overgrown vegetation, and drainage problems top the list of complaints. Ward 3, which includes the GALA neighbourhood, has over 37 kilometers of Alleyways, representing 37% of all alleyways in Hamilton and the largest percentage of alleyways in any ward (City of Hamilton, Alleyway Review).

Beautifying community spaces by adding green, public space not only renews the space, but has been proven to improve our community’s water quality, build neighbourhoods, increase bicycle and pedestrian connections and increase natural habitats for birds and butterflies.

Through our Hamilton Alleyways Project, Green Venture is working to identify spaces, plan, design, and revitalize urban pubic spaces, and transform one alleyway in 2017 and hopefully another in 2018. Partial funding has been provided courtesy of the Hamilton Future Fund.

Westmill Alley (2015)

Our pilot project took place in 2015 just north of Barton St, between Milton Ave and Westinghouse Ave, to include native species gardens, solar lighting, local art, natural playgrounds and games, and so much more.

In September 2015, over 30 volunteers came together to transform the “Westmill Alley” (running from Westinghouse Ave to Milton Ave, north of Barton St E) by planting native species wildflowers and plants, installing benches, lighting and birdhouses, and adding a mural!

See all of the pictures from the Westmill Alley pilot project here.

Watch a video by Liz Chernichenko about the project

Click here and here to listen to our interviews on CFMU 93.3 about the project.

Westmill Alley Project Funder

Westmill Alley Project Partners