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Councillor asks for report on Hollinger Park

He wants to know what can be done 'so that other events can use it throughout the year and deal with that mud'
2021-10-04 ROTR field MH
The field at Hollinger Park ahead of the second night of shows at Rock on the River in October.

More details on Hollinger Park, specifically the section where Rock on the River was held earlier this year, are forthcoming.

At last night's Timmins council meeting, Coun. Cory Robin asked staff for more information at an upcoming meeting for the section of the park that was used during the concert.

“What can we do to make it so that other events can use it throughout the year and deal with that mud,” said Robin.

In October, Rock on the River Reconnect was held on the field between the ball diamond and Brunette Road. 

There has been remediation work at Hollinger Park in recent years. That work included removing contaminated soil and the proper capping of the park, which according to a 2019 staff report included imported soil, a geotextile layer, black muck and hydroseed.

The first large event held on the field since the work was completed was muddy. The ground was saturated with water, with large sections of mud and puddles. The weather leading up to it was rainy and it rained heavily the first night of the festival.

For the second night, over 100 bales of straw were spread on the field to help people walk.

After the festival, the city said it was waiting until the site was torn down before assessing the state of the field. There have been no updates since.


Maija Hoggett

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