The Friends of Gage Park raises funds and partner on projects in the Park. Hold events, does research and educates on aspects of Gage Park.
The Friends raised the funds to convert an existing wading pool into the City’s largest spray pad.
A partnership was formed with Kinsmen International to build the Cities largest play structure beside the spray pad.
After founding a baseball league in Gage Park the Friends formed a partnership with the newly formed Gage Park Softball Association to build the Baseball Field House.
The Friends formed a partnership with the City of Hamilton to recreate the rose garden called The Friends of Gage Park Memorial Rose Garden. It is located just north of the Green houses.
FOGP volunteers maintained gardens in the park for many years prior to the completion of the Master Plan for the Park.
The Friends preserved the original “Dancing Cherub” section from the Gage Fountain, which had been removed by Crystal Fountains in the 1980s. When the fountain was restored in 2012 the Friends had the piece reintroduced to the fountain restoring it to the original design by John Lyle.
Howard Grubb and Lori Dunington designed Gage Park through the 1920s. In 2013 on the 100th anniversary of their founding, Sheridan Nursery the Friends erected a monument to them. It is located in front of the Marshall structure at Gage Avenue and Main Street. Karl Stensson President of Sheridan Nursery donated an original Dunington/Grubb drawing of the Park to The Friends of Gage Park.
The Friends have held many events in the park over the years. Originally running the movie nights, family picnics, haunted band shell, Art in the Park, Mums Kitchen at the Mum Show and many others.
Since 1993 the Friends continue to hold our Winterfest event in early February each year as part of the City’s program.