Four legacy grants were approved at last night’s Town Council meeting. The $2500 awards were offered as part of the Town’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The call issued last November, resulted in applications from 10 organizations. The successful applicants and projects were:
Acton Agricultural Society
A local artist will design and install a mural depicting the town’s history on the drill shed, in Prospect Park. The design will include Lord Lyon King of Arms, “Home of the Little NHL”, 110 years of the Acton Fair, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Robert Little, Sir Donald Mann, Beaumont Knitting Mill, Dayfoot Drive Park, Tannery, Grand Trunk Railway, and more. It is anticipated that the project will be completed by August.
Friends of the Old Seedhouse Garden
Local artist Doris Treleaven ("Metalscape") will create a metal sculpture in the garden incorporating references to the local flora and fauna and distinguishing features that make Halton Hills unique. There will also be a plaque indicating that this sculpture is honouring the 50th anniversary of the Town. An unveiling ceremony will be held following the completion of the project (anticipated for summer).
Glen Williams Community Association
A community information kiosk and commemorative plaque will be installed at the Shelagh Law Parkette, to inform visitors about the history of the parkette, Glen Williams, and communicate the importance of this space. A public unveiling celebration will be held in June.
Trees for Halton Hills
A legacy grove of trees will be established with the planting of 4-5 caliper-sized trees and a commemorative plaque. Smaller trees will also be planted (on sites still to be determined). The plantings are expected to take place in May, with a volunteer-based watering program established from June through to September.
“We hope that these projects provide residents with the opportunity to explore Halton Hills and learn about its impressive history.” said Councillor Albano, a member of the selection committee. Councillor Garneau agreed, noting that “These projects, created by local non-profit community groups, will play a vital role in enhancing the quality of life in our town - making it a vibrant place to live, work and enjoy.”
To be eligible for the grants, project applications had to meet the following criteria:
Led by a Halton Hills based community group, club, or organization.
Takes place in the Town of Halton Hills.
Aligns with the commemoration of the Town’s 50th anniversary.
Recognizes the communities of Halton Hills.
Application must clearly outline the proposed project, objectives, key dates, and maintenance details.
Demonstrates how the group will enhance the legacy funding awarded through grant matching.
About the Town of Halton Hills
The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval – and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine. Visit the website at: haltonhills.ca