iWonder Public Information Centre: Philmore Hamilton Park

Consultation has concluded

Photos used to inspire the rain-themed Philmore Hamilton Park public space area.

The Town of Newmarket held a very successful iWonder Public Information Centre (PIC) for Philmore Hamilton Park that took place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Newmarket’s Old Town Hall. Over 150 residents attended this interactive PIC for the proposed stormwater management facility that will also act as a rain park public space.

Residents got involved and learned more about the proposed development of a rain-themed park at Philmore Hamilton Park. There was five different interactive experiences that help attendees better visualize what we have planned for Philmore Hamilton Park.

The PIC invited residents to participate in various multi-sensory activity stations that would help them re-imagine and experience how rain/water can be fun and playful at this proposed park.

The various interactive stations included:

  • A nighttime experience where residents were acquainted with the sounds and smell of rain while evoking memories of comfort
  • Daytime experiences included:
  • Secret messages revealed by sunlight
  • Rain music made by pouring water into various instruments
  • Rain art on a white canvas created by the community
  • A rain café where participants made their own rain sticks to help them connect with the rain
  • Two rain story activities that focused on gathering feedback on the participants’ experiences throughout the PIC and a brainstorming session about what rain means to them

Feedback gathered from the PIC will be used to shape the design, land use and programming for the park. Construction on the park is expected to begin in summer of 2020.

If you attended the event, we are looking for feedback, please fill out the survey. Also please share your rain stories!

The Town of Newmarket held a very successful iWonder Public Information Centre (PIC) for Philmore Hamilton Park that took place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Newmarket’s Old Town Hall. Over 150 residents attended this interactive PIC for the proposed stormwater management facility that will also act as a rain park public space.

Residents got involved and learned more about the proposed development of a rain-themed park at Philmore Hamilton Park. There was five different interactive experiences that help attendees better visualize what we have planned for Philmore Hamilton Park.

The PIC invited residents to participate in various multi-sensory activity stations that would help them re-imagine and experience how rain/water can be fun and playful at this proposed park.

The various interactive stations included:

  • A nighttime experience where residents were acquainted with the sounds and smell of rain while evoking memories of comfort
  • Daytime experiences included:
  • Secret messages revealed by sunlight
  • Rain music made by pouring water into various instruments
  • Rain art on a white canvas created by the community
  • A rain café where participants made their own rain sticks to help them connect with the rain
  • Two rain story activities that focused on gathering feedback on the participants’ experiences throughout the PIC and a brainstorming session about what rain means to them

Feedback gathered from the PIC will be used to shape the design, land use and programming for the park. Construction on the park is expected to begin in summer of 2020.

If you attended the event, we are looking for feedback, please fill out the survey. Also please share your rain stories!