Videos: City Of Hamilton Highlights Their Parks

February 28, 2021 | 1 Comment

The City Of Hamilton posted six videos offering scenic views of the various parks within the City, with the City urging all users of its parks to “respect the environmental integrity of our carefully-tended green areas, and to respect everyone else when visiting them, this enables each park to become a true oasis of peace and beauty in the heart of the busy City.”

City Of Hamilton Parks

The video description says, “The City of Hamilton is extremely proud of its parks. They are beautifully planted and maintained in a highly professional manner by the City’s horticulturists and gardeners. These employees take considerable pride in the appearance of “their” parks. The City urges all users of its parks to respect the environmental integrity of our carefully-tended green areas and to respect everyone else when visiting them, this enables each park to become a true oasis of peace and beauty in the heart of the busy City.”

Fort Hamilton

The video description says, “Situated on a hilltop on the eastern boundary of the City, Fort Hamilton boasts panoramic views and is an ideal venue for gazing at the Island’s spectacular sunsets.

“Historically, a former British Garrison, the Fort was used as the headquarters for The Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps from the mid-1890s until the mid-1930s. The ensuing years have seen the dry moat surrounding the Fort developed into lush tropical gardens, accessed by a circuitous path.

“Well worth the visit, Fort Hamilton and its manicured floral gardens and lawns include a refreshment concession and public convenience. The Fort has become an integral part of Hamilton’s parks and plays host to a variety of events throughout the year. The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sunset year-round.”

Barr’s Bay Park

The video description says, “This park is located on our waterfront just beyond Front Street holding historical significance as well as scenic views of Hamilton Harbour and Harbour Road. Lying at the water’s edge of Hamilton Harbour, this relatively small park is a veritable jewel in the City’s crown. Barr’s Bay Park is ideal for a quiet picnic, from which there are unrivalled views over the yachting marina of the nearby yacht club.

“There is ample seating at the water’s edge, as well as on the manicured lawns. Barr’s Bay Park is a short walk from the marine transportation hub of the Hamilton Ferry Terminal and sits nestled on the lower western close to the heart of the City.

“The park is also home to ‘We Arrive,’ a statue created by Bermudian artist, Chesley Trott, to commemorate the arrival of 72 people on the slave ship Enterprise, in 1835. The men, women and children who had been enslaved were given their freedom and allowed to remain in Bermuda. The statue was unveiled in February 2010 on the 175th anniversary of the ship’s arrival in Bermuda. In attendance at the unveiling were descendants of the people who were freed. Due to its waterfront location, this park is accessible 24/7 to the public.”

Queen Elizabeth Park

The video description says, “Formerly named Par-La-Ville Park, this park was renamed Queen Elizabeth Park in 2012 in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Easily recognized as Hamilton’s, and indeed Bermuda’s, premier public park, Queen Elizabeth Park contains a myriad assortment of floral displays as well as native and exotic trees. The serenity of a linked pair of pools stocked with jewel-like koi and goldfish can be enjoyed by all.

“The park is wheelchair accessible and affords entrance to the Bermuda National Library, the Bermuda Historical Society Museum and Perot’s Post Office, a historic property functioning as a full-service post office.

“The City of Hamilton partnered with the Bermuda National Gallery to develop an innovative display of public art, by creating The John H. Young and Hilda Young Sculpture Garden, inaugurated in March 2007. It contains several pieces of statuary and sculptures, displayed in what has been called a “museum without walls.” Queen Elizabeth Park is open every day of the year from 7:30 a.m. until sunset.”

Victoria Park

The video description says, “Situated centrally on the northern side of the City, Victoria Park remained in a natural state until the late 1880s when a bandstand arrived from Scotland and a suitable location had to be found. It was at this time that Deane’s Bottom [a playground for the students of Alfred Deane's Springfield Academy] was transformed into a Victorian park.

“The Bandstand was purchased by the Town of Hamilton to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 but was not installed until 1889. In 1897, ten years after Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, the Town of Hamilton became a city in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The City of Hamilton’s first public park, for many years, was a fashionable meeting place where audiences could enjoy the music of military bands. The park was also a popular location for social and political groups to meet.

“Early in 2009, to commemorate Bermuda’s 400 years of continuous settlement on the Island, the Bandstand was dismantled and shipped to a foundry in Scotland. Skilled labourers employed the same iron-casting techniques used by the original creators of the bandstand to restore it to its original glory. The Bandstand was returned to Bermuda, installed and officially reopened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in May 2009.”

Point Pleasant Park At Albouy’s Point

The video description says, “Located near the Hamilton Ferry Terminal at Albouy’s Point, Point Pleasant Park has always been a popular location for locals and tourists who wish to eat their lunch by the water. In the summer months, this park sees high traffic as it is a popular spot for boat charters and open-air concert series. It is also a popular spot to watch our City’s Boat Parade during the holiday season.”

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  1. It’s a guarantee when government takes over The Corporation these parks will no longer look like this!,,Have you been to the Botanical Gardens recently? Take a stroll thru there……what an embarrassment to our Island. Groups. of people hanging by various buildings smoking, drinking, cursing, and playing loud music. It’s truly unacceptable.

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